MAM Project 024: Dane Mitchell

Mori Art Museum

Ends in 10 days

Dane Mitchell (b. 1976) researches the energies and dynamics of the invisible world from artistic, scientific, and historical perspectives. His investigations are frequently informed by the connection between our visual and olfactory senses, and Mitchell views the scents that lure our consciousness into invisible realms and ancient layers of memory as vital “sculptural materials.” For this show, Mitchell will present his new work Iris, Iris, Iris, the product of multi-faceted research during his stay in Japan that ranged from the world of traditional incense to the latest perfume technologies. Various areas of interest for the artist - such as the many meanings of the word “iris,” including the flower name, the colored part of the eyeball, the camera aperture that controls exposure, and the rainbow goddess Iris of Greek mythology; the fact that incense was also used to tell the time; and the presence of tsukumogami spirits in long-used tools - are assembled here in a single installation. Both scent as Japanese history and culture, and scent as scientific element, are sure to stimulate our perceptions and sensibilities in new ways.

[Related Event]
Talk Session “Musings on the Invisible”
Date and Time: Nov. 19 (Sun) 15:00-16:30 (Door Open 14:30)
Speakers: Dane Mitchell, Hata Masataka (President, Shoyeido Incense Co.)
Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum)
*Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available

*Please see the official website for further details.



from November 18, 2017 to April 01, 2018
Closes at 17:00 on Tuesdays.


Dane Mitchell


Adults ¥1800, University and High School Students ¥1200, Age 4 up to Junior High School Student ¥600, Seniors over 65 ¥1500

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 22:00
tuesdays closing at 17:00


Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
Phone: 03-5777-8600

Direct walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya line. 4 minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo line. 5 minute walk from Azabu Juban Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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