Tokyo Art Meeting Transformation

Exhibition Outline
To live is to change. We change daily as our cells regenerate and we learn new things, as times change and we encounter new environments, and as we give play to our imagination.
Under the theme "transformation," this exhibition explores the boundary between humans and non-humans. In all ages and countries, countless images and artworks have been created on the theme of transformation. Japan, in particular, is brimming with rich images on this theme, from the legends of old to the manga and anime characters of today.
So, why "transformation" now? With to the spread of the Internet, the development of the global economy, advances in technology, and so on, the traditional forms "humans" take have started to become blurred, and a diversity greater than anything seen before has begun to emerge.
At this exhibition, a variety of images of things that traverse the human and non-human - including animals, machines, imaginary creatures and bodies with different genetic compositions - will be unveiled through paintings, sculptures, video, archives and symposiums. Together, the "transforming" forms presented express as a single omen our hopes, dreams and fears. The artworks, created by 21 individual artists and groups from 15 countries over a period stretching from the 1980s through to the present, will demonstrate the possibilities and meanings of change today.

What is Tokyo Art Meeting?
Tokyo Art Meeting presents a range of possibilities for new art by facilitating encounters between various genres of expression, mainly in the field of contemporary art but also including design, architecture and other specialist fields. Under the theme "transformation," the first meeting sees art encounter anthropology. Also, in cooperation with Tokyo University of the Arts, a range of displays, performances and symposiums will be held as part of Tokyo Geidai Trans Week with the aim of helping nurture future generations.

Matthew Barney
Simon Birch
Francesco Clemente
Marcus Coates
Jan Fabre
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir
Naoki Ishikawa
Bharti Kher
Lee Bul
Motohiko Odani
Junya Oikawa
Jagannath Panda
Patricia Piccinini
Shahzia Sikander
Jana Sterbak
Sarah Sze
Masakatsu Takagi
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Exhibition Information

Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Government/Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)/ The Tokyo Shimbun/Tokyo University of the Arts In special cooperation with: Institute for Art Anthropology
Supported by: British Council, Flanders Center In cooperation with: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd. YAMATO INC
Curated by: Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator (MOT)
Shinichi Nakazawa, Co-Curator (Anthropologist)
Date: Friday, October 29, 2010 - Sunday, January 30, 2011
Closed on: Mondays (except for January 3, 10), December 29- January 1, January 11.
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (tickets available until 17:30)
Admission: Adult ¥1,300 (1040) / University & College Student ¥1000 (800) /
High School & Junior High School Student ¥650 (520) / Over 65yrs old ¥1000 (800) /
*Free for Under Elementary School
*( ) price for a group, over 20 people
*Free entry to MOT permanent collection for exhibition ticket holders
Enquiry: +81 (0)3 5405 8686 (Hello Dial)
Also showing: Catalysis for Life New Language of Dutch Art & Design/ MOT Collection
Access Information: From Kiyosumi-shirakawa station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min.-walk from B2 exit,
From Kiyosumi-shirakawa station on the Oedo Line: 13min.-walk from A3 exit,
Exhibition Catalogue: "TRANSFORMATION"
Text by Shinichi Nakazawa/ Yuko Hasegawa /Keiichiro Hirano
Color page: 53
Price: ¥2,500+tax

Tokyo Geidai Trans Weeks
Friday, October 29- Wednesday, November 17
Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno Campus
  • Matthew Barney CREMASTER 3: Five Points of Fellowship 2002 Collection of the Artist, Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York

  • Bharti Kher The Hunter and the Prophet 2004 Courtesy: the Artist and Hauser & Wirth

  • Jan Fabre Chapter XV (bronze) 2010 ©JAN FABRE-ANGELOS

  • Jagannath Panda The Epic-III 2010 Courtesy: NATURE MORTE, New Delhi

  • Francesco Clemente Selfportrait as a Hare 2005 Courtesy: Galleria Lorcan O'Neill Roma

  • Gabríela Friɚriksdóttir North, Tetralógía 2005

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Tropical Malady 2004 Courtesy: Kick the Machine Films

  • AES+F Last Riot 2. The Track 2006 ©AES+F Courtesy: Triumph Gallery, Moscow

  • Sptuniko! Sushiborg Yukari 2010 Photo: Rai Royal

  • Shahzia Sikander Nemesis 2003 Courtesy: the Artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York

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