Vik Muniz "The Beautiful Earth"

Tokyo Wonder Site, Shibuya

poster for Vik Muniz "The Beautiful Earth"

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Centering on a series of new works entitled "Picture of Garbage" (2008), this exhibition showcases a total of 40 works by Vik Muniz, most of which are being exhibited for the first time in Japan. Muniz's art is distinguished by the media used to construct his work. He works with everyday materials like sugar, chocolate syrup, peanut butter, metal fragments and fallen leaves, things that excite the senses of the viewer through their sense of transience. It was at the beginning of the 1990s when Muniz established his signature style, in which a sculptural quality is achieved using only two-dimensional surfaces. By mixing two modes of expression, Muniz continues to inquire into what painting and photography really are.

The highlight of this exhibition is a series entitled "Picture of Garbage." The titles of the 7 pieces include "Atlas", "Mother and Child" and "the Death of Marat," all of whose postures are taken from mythical and historical figures. These works were created through a collaboration with people working at Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janeiro, the biggest landfill in South America. These workers served as models for Muniz, who depicted them on a canvas measuring as large as two basketball courts, and then shot pictures of it. By involving people from all over the world in his creative process, Muniz continues his tireless progression as an artist.

This project is part of "Agenda of Art", a series that TWS launched this year with the aim of tackling new issues relating to the environment and art.

-Artist Talk by Vik Muniz
Date: November 23rd (Sun) 15:00-17:00
Admission: Free

[Image: "Atlas (Pictures of Garbage)" (2008) Digital C Print, 229.83cm×180.34cm]



From 2008-11-22 To 2009-03-01
Closed between December 29th and January 5th


Vik Muniz



William Andrews tablog review

Art in a Handful of Dirt

Vik Muniz’s works offer new ways to view both society and famous paintings.

Yuya Suzuki tablog review

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