The “All You Need Is LOVE‐from Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku” exhibit is open from Apr. 26th until Sep. 1st, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Roppongi Hills.
The exhibit focuses on virtual love born from new technology such as the Internet and other new types of connections between individuals.
The exhibit consists of 5 parts. “What Is Love?”, “A Couple in Love”, “Love in Losing”, “Family and Love” and “Love Beyond”. There are around 200 art pieces on exhibit, created by 70 or so star artists of the modern arts, including John Constable, John Evarette Millais, Giorgio de Chirico and René Magritte whose collections are stored at MoMa and the Tate, and Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sophie Calle,
On this 10th anniversary exhibition, Fumio Nanjo, Director of the Mori Art Museum comments, “During this decade, we have seen so many changes in the environment surrounding us and our world, including war, the economy and natural disasters. We started this exhibition to express globalization, diversity and love that can only be obtained through the advancement of technology, and we are hoping that we can rethink the value of life through this new kind of love. In this generation where a new standard for living is being created, love is an important factor now more than ever.”
“In the HAPPINESS exhibition that we held in 2003 as our inaugural exhibition, we jointly exhibited artworks belonging to 3 different genres, Modern European Western Art, Classic Japanese Art and International Modern Art. In our LOVE exhibition, while carrying this trait on from the HAPPINESS exhibition, we also wanted to show a new aspect which captures the progressions of modern technology. This exhibition was prepared by all of the curators of the Mori Art Museum, but as the definition of love is extremely broad, we each had a different way of interpreting love and thus we had many discussions in selecting the pieces for the exhibition,” says Nanjo, as he looks back on the efforts in bringing this exhibition together.
Regarding the exhibition of Hatsune Miku as modern art, Nanjo continues, “There was almost no controversy over whether or not Hatune Miku is art. Rather, we spent time on how we should be displaying her. I don’t think anyone can give a concrete answer to that question. I say this because there is no clear definition of art. Generally, painting and sculptures are regarded as art, but those alone do not complete the picture now, given the advances in modern technology. Art is undergoing change through performances, video, photographs, installations and the internet. The important question is what Hatsune Miku’s creativity and originality will bring in, and what inspiration this gives us. This is what really matters. It is being said that there are 300 thousand Hatsune Miku fans worldwide, and when looking at the creative activities of Hatsune Miku and her fans, I see that it is an enormous love spread wide over the internet, and all over the world.”
Adding to this 10th anniversary celebration, the piece “Kin no Kokoro” by Jean-Michel Othoniel has been installed in the Mohri Garden as public art. The “miku café” will also be open for a limited term, in relation to this exhibition. In addition, the “Roppongi Art College Spring 2013” is scheduled for Apr. 29th, and other workshops and symposiums are also scheduled for June and July, as related programs.
All you need is Love
Dates: Apr. 26th (Fri.) to Sep. 1st (Sun.) 2013
Venue: Mori Art Museum
Address: 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 6-10-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo
Time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
※ Entry until 30min before closing time, no close of business days during exhibition period.
Admission: Adult: ¥1,500, University / High school student: ¥1,000, Child (4 years to Junior High school student): ¥500
Participating Artists *in alphabetical order of the artist name (surname)
Adel Abidin, Araki Nobuyoshi, Asada Masashi, Richard Billingham, Constantin Brâncuşi, Sophie Calle, Marc Chagall, Chang En-Tzu, John Constable, Salvador Dalí, Gohar Dashti, Giorgio de Chirico, Jim Dine, Tracey Emin, Gimhongsok, Nan Goldin, Shilpa Gupta, Hatsune Miku, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Idemitsu Mako, Alfredo Jaar, Frida Kahlo, Mary Kelly, Kusama Yayoi, René Magritte, John Evarette Millais, Mori Junichi, Zanele Muholi, Murayama Ruriko, Nishiyama Minako, Okamoto Taro, Yoko Ono, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Francis Picabia, August Rodin, Rong Rong & inri, Sawayanagi Hideyuki, David Shrigley, Laurie Simmons, TANY, Umezawa Kazuki, Waswo X. Waswo with R. Vijay, Entang Wiharso, Yoshinaga Masayuki, Zhang Xiaogang, and others