John M Armleder
Cerith Wyn Evans
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection. The artists represented in the exhibition have a unique and original take on human perception and consciousness. Enveloped in their worlds, viewers are made to feel that their very facilities of perception are being questioned, and that everything they have taken for granted is suddenly thrown into doubt. How do we decide what is real? What is this world we inhabit? Contemporary art presents a kaleidoscope of answers to these most fundamental of questions. Come and experience for yourself what those answers may be.
Showing works by:
John M Armleder, Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Tracey Emin, Haris
Epaminonda, Guo Fengyi, Florian Hecker, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Höller,
Jim Lambie, Los Carpinteros, Sarah Lucas, Sarah Morris, Carsten
Nicolai, Paul Pfeiffer, Matthew Ritchie, Ritu Sarin/Tenzing Sonam,
Hans Schabus, Peter Tscherkassky, Do Ho Suh, Klaus Weber, Cerith Wyn
Evans, Heimo Zobernig
The Mori Art Museum presents The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection from Saturday, 4 April to Sunday, 5 July, 2009. The exhibition is realized in collaboration between Mori Art Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, a Vienna based foundation, renowned for its excellence in contemporary art. With this exhibition T-B A21 continues a series of collaborations with international institutions and museums, which started last year with "Collection as Aleph" at Kunsthaus Graz (Austria) and "The Way Things Are... " in Torun (Poland).
The Kaleidoscopic Eye brings together a selection of works by leading contemporary artists with international reputation, such as Janet Cardiff, Do Ho Suh, Olafur Eliasson, Carsten Höller, and Matthew Ritchie. The exhibition explores the disruption of perceptual habits and challenges the ways we experience visual representation and sensations through art. The many large-scale works in the exhibition multiply and interweave in amazingly evocative ways the registers in which imagination, memory, light, reflection, and sound are stimulated in a playful and interactive experience. Using the metaphor of the kaleidoscope, the exhibition interrogates the limits of visibility through artworks that fully engage perception, never allowing the senses to rest. Rather than sharpening vision, the kaleidoscope tends to disorganize and diffuse it, recomposing the perceived images of our surroundings by reflecting arbitrary patterns and rotational symmetries. The selection of works includes video, sculpture, film, painting, but the core of the exhibition is installations, especially site-specific interventions, a particular strength of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary collection.
The exhibition takes in the sensory pleasures of art while examining how artists have looked at the world in seeking answers to the question of “how do we decide what is real.” It reflects a preoccupation with the relationship of temporality to material objects and artworks—how the temporal nature of things influences their meaning and function, their reality. Temporality is the state in which things appear in front of our eyes; it is their modulation, the momentary state in which they allow themselves to be questioned. Reality is thus considered to be a series of momentary phenomenal events, which do not originate from the external world alone but rather are contingent on a complex causal nexus that includes the eye and the mind. The timing of this exhibition coincides with the 140th anniversary of the 1869 "Treaty of Amity and Commerce," which was the foundation of the diplomatic and trade relations between Japan and Austria following the end of Japan's 200 year policy of seclusion in 1853.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (T-B A21), based in Vienna (Austria) has been founded in 2002 by Francesca von Habsburg, daughter of the Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen- Bornemisza and founder of the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, and is committed to supporting the production of contemporary art, actively commissioning and collecting unconventional projects that defy traditional disciplinary boundaries. The more than 450 pieces in its collection include paintings, photographs, installations, and video works. Support is given to the production of art in a variety of formats, including projects that are architectural, site-specific, or performative, keeping the collection firmly in touch with the ever- diversifying languages of contemporary art.
Organizers: Mori Art Museum, Thysseen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary In Association with: The Austrian Embassy
Institutional Support: British Council
Corporate Sponsor: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd. Support: Japan Airlines, Nicolas Feuillatte, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, Acoustic Technical Laboratory, VIENNA TOURIST BOARD
Image: Carsten H ller Y 2003 960 lightbulbs, aluminium, wood, mirrors. Installation view: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Collection as Aleph, Kunsthaus Graz, 2008 Photo: Jen Fong Photography / T-B A21, 2008
Press Contact: Ms.Tamura, Mr Watanabe Tel: +81-3-6406-6111 Fax: +81-3-6406-9351 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Press / Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Christina Werner T +43 1 524964622 F +43 1 5249632 email@example.com Public opening Saturday, 4th April 2009
Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills - Mori Tower 53F - Tokyo
Opening Hours: Every day except Tuesdays: 10 am - 10 pm, Tuesdays: 10 am - 5 pm
Admission: Adult: ¥1,500; Student (highschool, college, university): ¥1,000; Child (4 years to junior highschool): ¥500; *Ticket valid for admission to exhibition and the Tokyo City View observation deck. Ticket valid for one visit only during the exhibition. All prices include tax. * "Kid's Weeks" (4/25-5/10) : Admission for Children (junior highschool and under) is free. Children of elementary school age and under must be accompanied by a guardian.