MAM Collection 013: Lines Tell Everything about the Universe – Kusama Yayoi, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Tsai Charwei

Mori Art Museum

poster for MAM Collection 013: Lines Tell Everything about the Universe – Kusama Yayoi, Prabhavathi Meppayil, Tsai Charwei
[Image: Tsai Charwei "Circle II" 2011 Video, color, silent 56 sec.]

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*Mori Art Museum will be temporarily closed from April 25 (Sun) to May 11 (Tue), 2021 to prevent infection and spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in response to the government’s Declaration of a State of Emergency.

MAM Collection 013 will feature works by three artists born and based in three different parts of Asia: Kusama Yayoi from Japan, Indian artist Prabhavathi Meppayil, and Tsai Charwei of Taiwan. While all the works in this exhibition employ lines in their expression, the act of drawing a line can create something new where there was nothing, serve as an indicator, give shape to the elusive, and group together similar things. Lines are perhaps the most fundamental device used by humans in order to think of something and express it, or to produce objects and ideas.

Infinity Net (2007) is one of Kusama’s best-known series. Lines connect to form nets, their intriguing expanses simultaneously calling to mind Kusama’s obsessions while hinting at the boundlessness of the title. Meppayil, meanwhile, employs canvases of ceramic-like texture for delicate line drawings in gold, the metal also long serving as a symbol of purity, wealth, power, and the permanence. Tsai’s Circle II (2011) is a video work documenting the slow disappearance of a circle drawn in ink on ice. The enso circle rendered in a single stroke is deemed to represent the truth and/or the entirety of the universe, with the sight of the ink gradually dissolving into water and vanishing evoking the beauty of things that change, and the Buddhist concept of impermanence (mujokan). The lines used by each of these three artists may vary in appearance, technique, and materials, but all evoke contemplation of the universe and spiritual world. The act of drawing a line, at first glance very simple, yet so fundamental, can without a doubt encourage us to open our minds to new possibilities.

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from April 22, 2021 to September 26, 2021
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