Makoto Aida "Monument for Nothing”

Mori Art Museum

poster for Makoto Aida "Monument for Nothing”

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Makoto Aida ranks among the most closely followed contemporary artists in Japan today. Since his debut in the early 1990s, Makoto Aida has brought a cynical perspective to such subject matter as pretty young girls, war, and salarymen, touching upon modern and contemporary Japanese society in a stream of striking works. Bringing together over 100 works ranging from early pieces to his very latest work, this exhibition, the first in the world on such a scale, illuminates every aspect of Aida’s practice to date.

In a series of public programs to be held in conjunction with the exhibition, we home in on essentially what makes Makoto Aida a genius, scrutinized from diverse Japanese and international perspectives. In doing so we further hope that now, at a time when we are questioning anew the form and direction Japan should be taking, Aida’s complex, multifaceted world - Japanese society in miniature - will serve as a medium through which a variety of discussions will arise.

Symposium
Art and Social History Referenced in Viewing Aida Makoto “Is Makoto Aida a Genius?”
Speakers: Makoto Aida, Yuji Yamashita (Professor, Meiji Gakuin University), Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum), and others
Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Sunday, December 16, 2012 (Door Open 13:30)
Venue: Academyhills (49F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Capacity: 300 (bookings required)
Admission: General ¥1000; MAMC Member free
Bookings: Bookings will start from 11:00, Tuesday, October 23 on the Mori Art Museum website.
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Talk Session
Makoto Aida's Art Examined from an International Perspective “How to Become the World's Greatest Artist”
Speakers: Makoto Aida, David Elliott (Curator, Writer), Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Date & Time: 19:00-20:30, Saturday, November 17, 2012 (Door Open 18:30)
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (bookings required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: Bookings will start from 11:00, Tuesday, October 23 on the Mori Art Museum website.
Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

Curator Talk
Aida Makoto's World juxtaposed with Modern and Contemporary Japanese Society "Aida Makoto and Japan, Chaotic and Complex"
Speaker: Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Date & Time: 19:00-21:00, Friday, November 30, 2012 (Door Open 18 : 30)
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Capacity: 80 (bookings required)
Admission: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Bookings: Bookings will start from 11:00, Tuesday, October 23 on the Mori Art Museum website.
Japanese only

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Schedule

From 2012-11-17 To 2013-03-31
Until 22:00 on 1/1 (Tue). Until 6:00 on 3/23(Sat.) - Roppongi Art Night.

Artist(s)

Makoto Aida

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Reviews

Tracy Jones tablog review

Monuments to Misanthropy

A landmark exhibition for controversial artist Makoto Aida at Mori Art Museum

TABインターン tablog review

Tokyo Art Map 連載企画 1-2月号

新しくなったアートマップより、評判のコラムとQ&Aを抜粋!

voidchicken: (2012-12-06)

http://voidchicke.exblog.jp/19583499/
Makoto Aida's exhibition kicked off!

seina: (2012-12-07)

http://orinchan55.blog120.fc2.com/blog-entry-1154.html

上品にまとまってます。
会田さんの世界を知る最初の機会にオススメ。

cbliddell: (2013-01-04)

Sorry For Being A Genius

An exclusive interview with controversial artist Makoto Aida

"With Aida’s art, there are degrees of shock—possibly fifty shades, as there are obvious affinities with the sado-masochism of that best-selling novel. As testament to this, the exhibition has a curtained-off, adults-only room, a bit like the porno section of a DVD-rental shop. Cross that threshold to encounter some of Aida’s more extreme and sexually explicit artworks, like The Giant Member Fuji versus King Gidora (1993), an anime-style tentacle-rape scene, and his infamous Dog series (1996). This features naked, underage-looking girls, painted in a delicate and beautiful nihonga style, leashed like dogs with their limbs reduced to bleeding bandaged stumps—yet looking serenely happy."

Read more>> http://metropolis.co.jp/features/feature/sorry-for-being-a-genius/

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