by Reiko Tsubaki and Hirokazu Tokuyama, curators of "Roppongi Crossing 2019" at the Mori Art Museum
Hirofumi Isoya, Parallax Gesture (Red, Green), 2015, Framed Lambda print, red mattress, green stone 112 × 197 × 89 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Aoyama Meguro
By Reiko Tsubaki and Hirokazu Tokuyama, curators of "Roppongi Crossing 2019" at the Mori Art Museum
The ASIA NOW 2018 Japanese Platform joins forces with two curators from the Mori Art Museum to offer an exclusive preview of select works by emerging artists from Japan.
Japan is often talked about as a mysterious country, under the clean and high-security circumstances, the high-tech city with pop gadgets, as animation and games could co-exist with animism and the primitive sense. On the other hand, with the big issue of the declining birthrate and aging, the acceleration of digital technology including the information communication technology, a new problem is occurring caused by these issues. Contrary to the diversity commonsense, many “gaps” are emerging as well.
In “Transitional”, 6 artists are selected from “Roppongi Crossing 2019” at the Mori Art Museum on the theme of “transitional existence” or “connection between the gaps”. Their works would light up the “connection between the opposite” as “imagination and reality”, “Past and Future”, “Nature and Civilization”, “Cats’ worlds and Human being’s world”. As the third way or point of view, these “transitional” existences could give us the precious opportunity to confront with “nowadays”.
Reiko TSUBAKI (Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Born in Shiga Prefecture, She completed a Master degree at Kyoto University (Theory of Creative Arts) and a DEA degree (Contemporary Art Criticism) at the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Joined the Mori Art Museum in 2002. Preparing Roppongi Crossing 2019 (2019) and MAM Research 006. Curated Leandro Erlich: Seeing & Believing (2017-2018), Art and Universe (2016-2017) and partly curated Simple Forms: contemplating the Beauty (2015) and Medicine and Art (2010) at Mori Art Museum. Small solo exhibitions curated in MAM Project series at the Mori Art Museum include Jacob Kirkegaard (2014), Emre Hüner (2013), Ho Tzu Nyen (2012), Jules de Balincourt (2010) and Saskia Olde Wolbers (2008). She also writes and gives lectures.
Hirokazu Tokuyama (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture, he started working as a curator at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA from 2012 and joined Mori Art Museum from April 2016. He curated SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2017) and Japan in Architecture: Genealogies of Its Transformation (2018) at Mori Art Museum. His major exhibitions at Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA include the Guido Van der Werve solo exhibition “killing time” and the Apichatpong Weerasethakul solo exhibitions “PHOTOPHOBIA.” He was a recipient of the Kyoto City Special Bounty for Art and Culture in 2015. He resides in Tokyo.