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The Mori Art Museum to Reopen in Spring 2015 After Renovation Work

The Mori Art Museum to Reopen in Spring 2015 After Renovation Work

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, Mori Art Museum will reopen after a period of temporary closure for renovation work (January 5 - April 24, 2015).

Embracing the concepts of "contemporary" and "international," Mori Art Museum has, from the beginning, staged concurrently "major curated exhibitions" aimed at showcasing the diverse trends in global contemporary art and "MAM Projects" aimed at supporting the activities of promising young artists from around the world. Now, more than ten years after its opening, as globally expanding contemporary art becomes increasingly complex, Mori Art Museum like all contemporary art museums faces the new task of finding ways to share with as many layers of visitors as possible the cultural, social and historical background peculiar to artworks produced in various different regions.

Given this situation, Mori Art Museum is taking the occasion of renovation work to develop three new small programs ? "MAM Collection," "MAM Screen" and "MAM Research"? in addition to the existing "major curated exhibitions" and "MAM Projects." By adding additional layers to our exhibition programs, we hope to provide visitors with a richer experience of contemporary art of the world in all its diversity.

In the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we hope you will continue to support the Mori Art Museum as we transition to a new stage in our history as a contemporary art museum that is open to the world, and as an important hub institution for contemporary art in Asia.

SIMPLE SHAPES

Exhibition Period: April 25 [Sat] - July 5 [Sun], 2015

Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Centre Pompidou Metz
Special Organizer: Fondation d'entreprise Herme?s
In Association with: l'Ambassade de France / Institut Franc?ais du Japon
Curators: Jean de Loisy (President, Palais de Tokyo), Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)

The modern era has produced numerous artworks of simple beauty. In Europe between the 19th and 20th centuries, such "simple shapes" were rediscovered in the fields of mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology and archeology, having a significant impact in such areas as industrial products and architectural design. A number of masterpieces of modern art were inspired by them also, artists having been captivated by their graceful charm.

Such simple and beautiful shapes within them are also found in nature and in many of the world' s traditional cultures. "Simple shapes" such as those found in stone implements and bird stones are seen in much of the folk art and primitive art from around the world. In Japan, a similar aesthetic takes on a physical form in crafts, the tea ceremony and Zen Buddhist paintings.

Incorporating a dynamic, cutting-edge installation of contemporary art, this exhibition will present "simple shapes," showing their geographical expansion and their historical connections and depicting the form of universal beauty they have in common, a beauty that transcends time and space.

In the increasingly complex world in which we live today, what questions do unadorned, modest and back-to-basics "simple shapes" pose about true richness in living?

* With the generous support of Fondation d'entreprise Herme?s, the exhibition held at Centre Pompidou Metz (June 13, 2014 - January 5, 2015) will travel to Japan and be restructured by the Mori Art Museum.

Participating Artists (TBC) * in alphabetical order of the artists' surnames

Jean Arp, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, BRASSAI?, Marc Couturier, Marcel Duchamp, Albrecht Du?rer, Olafur Eliasson, Lucio Fontana, Suzanna Fritscher, Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Kupka (Kupka Frantisek), Lee Ufan, Man Ray, Etienne-Jules Marey, Anthony McCall, John Mccracken, Patrick Neu, Barnett Newman, Nishikawa Katsuhito, Nam June Paik, Antoine Pevsner, Emmanuel Saulnier, Jose? Maria Sicilia, Edward Steichen, Sugimoto Hiroshi, Tanaka Nobuyuki, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tsai Charwei, James Turrell, Xavier Veilhan

Dinh Q. Le?

Exhibition Period: July 25 [Sat] - October 12 [Mon], 2015 Organizer: Mori Art Museum

Curator: Araki Natsumi (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Born in 1968 in Ha? Tie?n, a Vietnamese town near the Cambodian border, Dinh Q. Le? immigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of ten to escape the Khmer Rouge. After studying photography and media art, Le? attracted attention with his tapestries made by weaving together strips of photographs, a process inspired by traditional Vietnamese grass mat weaving. Woven into this series of works are images chosen from among a variety of motifs including the Vietnam War, Cambodian ruins and Hollywood movies, with different images coming to the fore, depending on the angle from which they are viewed.


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