Sophie Calle "For the Last and First Time"

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo)

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This exhibition by one of France’s leading contemporary artists consists of two parts. "The Last Image" (2010) is an installation that weaves together text and photographs taken by the artist about people who have lost the power of sight. "Voir la mer" (See the sea) (2011) captures on film the expression of people seeing the ocean for the first time. To the sound of waves, Calle's installations quietly contemplate questions that she has been exploring since her work "The Blind" in 1986: What is beauty? What does it mean to see? One possible answer provided by a blind man was the spark that propelled the artist to ponder these questions: "The most beautiful thing I've ever seen is the sea."

A related exhibition of selected works from the Hara Museum Collection will be on view at Hara Museum ARC (the Hara Museum's annex in Shibukawa, Gunma) and a film screening and talk by the artist at the Institut Français du Japon-Tokyo will also be held on March 16 (Saturday), 2013 from 16:00.

[Image: Sophie Calle, "Voir la mer" (See the sea) (detail) (2011) Color photograph (reference image) © ADAGP, Paris 2013 Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong & Paris, Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo]


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From 2013-03-20 To 2013-06-30
Open until 20:00 on Wednesdays (except 3/20). Last entry 30 minutes before museum closing time


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