Impurity / Immunity

Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo

poster for Impurity / Immunity

Ends in 36 days

“Impurity / Immunity” is a project that confronts the current era. In order to explore “coexistence” in contemporary society, which seems to be getting increasingly complex and chaotic, this exhibition introduces two concepts: “impurity” and “immunity.” Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito has described the conditions of a civilization whose people attempt to protect their own “identities” and “purities” to the extent that they end up causing their own extinction. Events such as 9.11 and the behavior of the Nazi Germany can in this way be referred to as such, and understood as a form of “auto-immunization. This said, there is the potential for anything to come into conflict with a particular immune system and become known as an “impurity.” In this sense, “coexistence” is characterized by a continuous tension between impurity and immunity.



from October 14, 2017 to November 26, 2017

Website (Japanese)



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holidays but closed on the following day (unless this falls on a public holiday when the venue will open).


Address: 2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 113-0033
Phone: 03-5689-5331 Fax: 03-5689-7501

5 minute walk from the East exit of Suidobashi Station on the JR Sobu or Toei Mita line. 6 minute walk from exit 1 at Hongo-sanchome Station on the Marunouchi or Toei Oedo line. 7 minute walk from Ochanomizu Station on the JR Chuo, Sobu or Marunouchi line

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