Twentieth Anniversary MOT Special Collection “Chronicle 1995–”
This event has ended.
To commemorate its twentieth anniversary in fiscal year 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo will hold special exhibitions divided into three stages. 1995, when the museum first opened its doors, was the year of the Great Hanshin Earthquake and the Aum Tokyo Subway Attack. It is often pointed out that throughout the years following the collapse of the bubble economy and the ensuing social unease, this year marked a critical juncture in Japan’s cultural flow that continues to the present day. In the field of contemporary art, where new works are continuously being produced, the infrastructure to support them is established gradually, and it is possible to look at this year as a turning point.
This exhibition is organized in two sections; the first looks at what happened in 1995 using the museum’s collections and introducing its opening exhibition to further analyze this period of time. The second section examines the expressions of artists who began their activities subsequent to 1995, presenting a summary of young artists in the collection. Presenting a bird’s-eye view starting from 1995, this show traces the museum’s twenty years of the activity while offering a perspective from which to consider the continuing scene.
[Image: Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Jizoing, Kamikuisshiki Village, August 10, 1995” (1995)]