The Absence of Mark Manders

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo



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This is the first solo exhibition at a Japanese art museum by Mark Manders, a Dutch artist who occupies a unique position in the contemporary art scene.

Mark Manders was born in 1968 in Volkel, the Netherlands, and currently works from his studio in Ronse, Belgium. In 1986, at the age of eighteen, he had a sort of epiphany that inspired his “Self-Portrait as a Building” concept. This has informed his work ever since, utilizing the form of a “building” for over thirty years as the framework for a self-portrait of an imaginary artist named, like the artist himself, “Mark Manders.”

During this period, the artist has produced a series of sculptures and objects to be placed in the rooms of the building, presenting them as installations. By means of the overall layout of these works, he is constructing a human figure, which results in the creation of a world with a unique and extremely large framework. Based on this fictional framework, the creative world of his works displays an unparalleled vision, and attracts worldwide acclaim, as does the quality of each of the individual works, probing deeply into the concept of sculpture. For this solo exhibition, Manders conceived of the whole exhibition as the installation of a single work, the building.

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Exhibition Gallery 3F


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from March 20, 2021 to June 20, 2021
Open on 5/3, closed on 5/6


Mark Manders


Adults ¥1500; University Students, Vocational School, 65 & Over ¥1000, High School and Junior High School Students ¥600, Elementary School and Under ¥0

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.(12/28 - 1/1)


Address: 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022
Phone: 050-5541-8600(ハローダイヤ

9 minute walk from exit B2 at Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon line, 14 minute walk from exit 3 at Kiba Station on the Tozai line.

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