"Logical Emotion - Contemporary Art from Japan" shows a broad spectrum of artistic media: from painting to sculptural installation, video, photography and architecture, through to applied art and manga drawings. This year's winner of the 'Zurich Art Prize' 2014, Haroon Mirza, features a series of new visual compositions, in which the shining of LEDs is controlled by means of sunlight.
Logical Emotion - Contemporary Art from Japan
Organized by Museum Haus Konstruktiv and the Japan Foundation in cooperation with CULTURESCAPES.
In the year 2014, Japan and Switzerland celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between them. To mark this occasion, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is collaborating with the Japan Foundation to realize the exhibition project "Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art from Japan". On the basis of the constructivist-concrete and conceptual art that constitutes the focus of Museum Haus Konstruktiv's content, director Sabine Schaschl and Kenjiro Hosaka from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, are curating a comprehensive group exhibition of Japanese contemporary art. The presentation revolves around logic and its supposed counterpart: emotion. "Logical Emotion" shows a broad spectrum of artistic media: from painting to sculptural installation, video, photography and architecture, through to applied art and manga drawings; the exhibition integrates the most recent history of Japanese art and combines internationally renowned artists with emerging young artists. The view from inside meets the view from outside, and vice versa.
Even though the Zurich Concretists and their work are barely known in Japan, the content of their art is not unfamiliar there. Questions about logically comprehensible conceptions, the precision of manual implementation, scientificity, mathematical models, systematic structures of order and rules, as well as deviations from these, are not just recurring themes in constructivist-concrete art: also in Japan's everyday world, these are omnipresent themes that find their way into contemporary art.
"Logical Emotion" combines two fields of investigation ("logic" and "emotion") that only seem diametrically opposed to each other at first glance. On closer examination, they are much more strongly interconnected than is commonly assumed. Terms such as "gut feeling" or "gut brain" have established themselves, not just in everyday language: also in scientific research, the "intelligence of feeling" and the "influence of emotions on logical thinking" are being studied. Emotion, on the other hand, is a close confidant of art, providing for the mental exchange between recipient and artwork, and based on individual feelings. The selected works come from both poles, logic and emotion, as well as their many and varied interfaces.
There will be works shown by:
Noe Aoki, Koji Enokura, Kazunari Hattori, Akihisa Hirata, Ryoji Ikeda, Teppei Kaneuji, Yayoi Kusama, Taiji Matsue, Masayasu Mitsuke, Tatsuo Miyajima, Hiroshi Sugito, Go Watanabe, Yuichi Yokoyama
Zurich Art Prize 2014
Museum Haus Konstruktiv and the Zurich Insurance Group are delighted to honor this year's winner of the "Zurich Art Prize" 2014, Haroon Mirza (b. 1977 in London). This Anglo-Pakistani artist is the seventh artist to receive this award, which was established in close cooperation with the Zurich Insurance Group. The prize money of CHF 80,000 is put to use in a solo exhibition, specially conceived for Museum Haus Konstruktiv.
Haroon Mirza impressed the jury with his poetic light and sound installations. His artistic activity is experimental; he is a bricoleur who combines electronic sounds, color arrangements and light to produce captivating compositions. Obsolete and newer technologies alike (e.g. cassette recorders or record players on the one hand, LED strips and computers on the other hand) form an essential component of his comprehensive artworks. The recurring elements of his installations, which create unusual perception experiences for the public, include not only light and sound, but also videos and furniture assemblages. This London-based artist's compositions come across like electronic operas, orchestrations made from the utilized material and found architecture. The form and content of his works always refer to the respective exhibition location and adapt to the space. Moreover, they also make identifiable references to the history of art and music: from minimalism to 1960s kinetic art, through to the music of Edgar Varèse and Karlheinz Stockhausen, or to techno.
For the exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, a series of new visual compositions are emerging, in which the shining of LEDs is controlled by means of sunlight. Already for his exhibition in Villa Savoye (which was designed by Le Corbusier) near Paris, the artist had conceived an LED/sound composition that is only activated by solar irradiation. If the incoming light is interrupted, the image disappears and the sound fades out. The new series of works draws on the same functional principle: the observer who stands directly in front of the objects, involuntarily causes the lights to go out. They only light up again when the visitors are at a safe distance. Observation of the work becomes the extinguisher of the image and thus forces the recipient to adopt a changed position. Alongside these works, a new room installation is also being produced, combining video, sound, buckets and foam.
On the artist's request, no further details can be revealed at this time. The exhibition shall be developed on site, up until shortly before the opening.
Image: Yayoi Kusama, LOVE IS CALLING, 2013. © Yayoi Kusama. Courtesy of David Zwirner, Victoria Miro Gallery, Ota Fine Arts, Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.
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