Junichi Mori “Portrait of the Mountain”

Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya

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It has been four years since the artist’s last solo exhibition “Tetany” and this latest exhibition will feature a diverse array of work including wood sculptures, and oil paintings. The title of the exhibition “Portrait of the Mountain” is also one of the exhibited works and is a portrait of Konpira Mountain, nestled within the artist’s hometown of Nagasaki. At 366 meters high, the Konpira is a gentle and low mountain. However, it played a large role in the life and death of Nagasaki’s residents when the atomic bomb was dropped. Some victims lost their lives on the mountain trying to run from the bomb hypocenter. On the other hand, the mountain also shielded the neighborhoods on the opposite side of the hypocenter, saving the lives of some. Using black marble, Junichi Mori has recreated Konpira Mountain. The genesis of the work is the “Pieta”, Michelangelo’s sculpture depicting the holy mother and Jesus, and the mountain may represent the shroud over which Mary held Christ’s body. Mori’s sculpture may be considered a modern-day “Pieta” and his best work to date.

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from October 24, 2018 to November 24, 2018

Opening Reception on 2018-10-24 from 18:00 to 20:00

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Junichi Mori

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