"Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art" Exhibition

Mori Art Museum

poster for "Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art" Exhibition

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“Roppongi Crossing” is a series of exhibitions produced by the Mori Art Museum to introduce Japanese creative talent working in a wide range of genres. The first in the series was held in 2004 – and is to this day used as a reference point for contemporary Japanese visual culture. For “Roppongi Crossing 2007” four curators focused on the idea of 'intersection,' selecting 36 artists whose work has an energy and sphere of influence that spreads beyond the confines of conventional artistic categories.

Their art takes a variety of forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, design, video, manga, games, and even unlikely genres such as dollmaking and bathhouse mural painting. In addition to artists who are emerging on the scene right now, the list also includes others who drove the scene in its formative period in the 1960s and 1970s, and whose feverish output continues unabated today. Surprising juxtapositions provide an opportunity to discover unexpected similarities and also to trace some of the unseen webs of influence and homage that connect the artists of the last three decades.

Delicate handwork, carefully thought-out concepts and a tendency for interactive mechanisms are just some of the other characteristics that unite the works in the exhibition, many of which are new works produced especially for the show.

Surveying this interlocking web of art, linking genres and generations in the present, a faint but common beat can be detected – a beat like a pulse that reverberates throughout the Japanese contemporary art scene and provides a clue as to where it is headed in the future.

- Panel Discussion “Cross Talk 2007”
Japanese-English and Japanese sign language simultaneous interpretation
Speakers:
Amano Kazuo (Art Critic; Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Araki Natsumi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Sato Naoki (Art Director, ASYL)
Sawaragi Noi (Art Critic)
Date: October 14th (Sun), 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Academyhills 49, Auditorium, Mori Tower 49F
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Academyhills
Capacity: 150 (bookings required)
Admission: Adult ¥1000; Student & MAMC Member ¥500

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