Yukinori Yanagi Exhibition

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poster for Yukinori Yanagi Exhibition
[Image: Yukinori Yanagi, Akitsushima Instruction, 2000 Acrylic on canvas, 97 7/8 x 131 1/4 inches © Yukinori Yanagi]

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Yukinori Yanagi is well known for his work dealing with systems of institutional and state control, national borders, colonization, diaspora, and refugee crises, often focusing on politically charged representations of nationalism and “symbolic signs of stasis.” This presentation on view in Tokyo is connected to a body of work produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s that marked a shift in the artist’s practice, in which he employed the Pacific Ocean as a research site for excavating hidden histories of war. The exhibition centerpiece, Akitsushima 50·I / II (2019), is a cast-iron replica of the World War II Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane tender Akitsushima, which the U.S. Navy bombed and sank in September 1944 and currently rests at the bottom of the Coron Bay of Busuanga Island in the Philippines. The numerical values of its title refer to the scale of the replica to the original at 1:50, and indicate a second iteration of the sculpture—the first was completed in 2000 and now resides in the permanent collection of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. The show also includes the painting Akitsushima Instruction, the watercolor Diving Log (Akitsushima), and photo works Akitsushima (BOW), and Akitsushima (GUN), which document the artist’s fieldwork conducted at the time while scuba diving through the sunken structure with video and still cameras in hand.



from November 02, 2019 to December 21, 2019


Yukinori Yanagi



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