Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

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We have long adapted to the unrelenting environment on our ever-changing planet, evolving from a single lifeform that emerged eons ago to eventually acquire extraordinary knowledge.

Nonetheless, enveloped by virtual reality in our daily lives, we are prone to forget that we ourselves are also a part of nature.

Today, as the coronavirus compels us to chart a new relationship with nature, art can serve as a means for us to rediscover the senses we instinctively possess. Perhaps this is because art, unconstrained by narrow meaning or purpose, can awaken us to how we are part of the larger fabric of life.

The Former Prince Asaka Residence and its verdant gardens form a backdrop for works from eight contemporary Japanese artists, brought together in this exhibition that reconsiders the relationship between people and nature. This selection of distinctive works, including paintings, sculptures, film, and installations, subtly reveals worlds that exist beyond the reach of everyday consciousness. In the oasis of this residence surrounded by gardens, the nature dormant inside of us might suddenly be revived.

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from October 17, 2020 to January 12, 2021
Closed from December 28 to January 4.

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