"Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?" Exhibition
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“Roppongi Crossing” is a series of exhibitions that introduce the work of diverse artists and creators with an eye to present a vision of the future Japanese art scene. Starting from a fundamental question – “Can there be art”* - the third in the series highlights the ambitions and dynamic talents who are today actively turning the pages of Japanese art history. The exhibition represents a “crossing” of diverse output – photography, sculpture, installation, video, graffiti, performance and so on – by 20 artists and units ranging from up-and-coming stars to art world veterans.
While the artworks chosen by the team of three curators are all new or topical, they are diverse in their approaches. Some refer directly to various social issues, while others take the form of projects, presenting new possibilities by their collaborative or trans-genres natures. The exhibition also introduces creative activities generated from the streets which is a stage of our daily life, as well as the work of a new generation that suggest the emergence of a new aesthetic.
Now more than ever, with society and the economy going through a period of immense change, we are provided with a rare opportunity to think about the very nature of art. It will be a new Japan that emerges from this period of upheaval, and the discoveries, surprises and insights offered in this exhibition provide a clue as to what the art of that new Japan will be like.
*In the 1990s, in the aftermath of the collapse of the bubble economy, the late Furuhashi Teiji, of the artist group Dumb Type, is known to have asked, “Can there be art” which seemed to inquire whether art can exist outside of the art world’s confines, in a direct discourse with society in general.
From 2010-03-20 To 2010-07-04
Until 22:00 on May 4th (Tue), and 6:00 the following morning on March 27th (Sat) in conjunction with Roppongi Art Night
Masaru Aikawa, Satoru Aoyama, Yosuke Amemiya, Muneteru Ujino, Tsubasa Kato, Kento Koganezawa, contact Gonzo, Rieko Shiga, Hiraku Suzuki, Tadasu Takamine, dumb type, Chim Pom, Yuken Teruya, HITOTZUKI(Kami+Sasu), Yasumasa Morimura, Aki Yahata, Shizuka Yokomizo, Tomoko Yoneda, Rogues' Gallery et al.
...was the slogan and rallying cry raised by one speaker at a recent satellite talk event to the "Roppongi Crossing 2010" exhibition at Mori Art Museum.
The "Roppongi Crossings" exhibition at the Mori Art Museum asks a brave question.
Museum Cafe Online 3/24
Tokyo Art Patrol 4/1
Having been stunned by the incredible variety of inventiveness and talent on display at the previous Roppongi Crossing exhibition in 2007, it was with great anticipation I headed to the Mori to check out this latest show.
Chalk and cheese.
Staggering how (with the exception of 2 of the 20 whose work is on display) an exhibition of such scale can completely fail to provide any emotion, fascination, revelation, wonder, new ways of seeing, understanding of self, surprise, philosophy, transformation, sense of connection to nature or humanity, or artistic sensibility and skill.
The video interviews with the artists at the end of the show say it all really, with so many now familiar comments along the lines of "my work may or may not be art, I don't think about that, I just do what I do".
With such overwhelming lack of intention within their work, it's hardly surprising that the answer to the question "Can There Be Art?" seems to be "Maybe, but certainly not here".
I didn't have time to watch Dumb Type.
It is strongly recommended that you check the time table before going!