Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

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  • Kiyosumi
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Time Out says

This huge, city-owned showpiece opened in 1995 on reclaimed swampland in a distant part of Tokyo. Its collection of 4,700 international and Japanese artworks has its moments, but the temporary exhibitions are the main reason to visit. Visitors can access the database, extensive video library, and magazine and catalogue collection (all available in English).

Details

Address:
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
Tokyo
Transport:
Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station (Hanzomon line), exit B2; (Toei Oedo line), exit A3
Opening hours:
10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm), closed Mon (except for holidays)

What’s on

Mot Annual 2023: Synergies, or Between Creation and Generation

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) has for almost a quarter-of-a-century been holding yearly exhibitions, under the banner of MOT Annual, that showcase diverse aspects of contemporary artistic practice in order to stimulate discussion and inquiry. MOT Annual 2023 takes a timely look at the relationship between the notions of ‘creation’, as manifested through the imaginations and craft of artists, and ‘generation’ brought about by such buzzword technologies as artificial intelligence, NFTS and the metaverse. Around 50 works, by 11 artists including young ‘digital natives’, encourage visitors to perceive the exciting synergies that can be created between ‘creation’ and ‘generation’, two concepts that like analog vs. digital are usually thought of as opposites. Highlights include highly pixelated paintings created using a tablet app by popular NFT artist Zombie Zoo Keeper (the youngest creator featured; born 2012), and Future Sushi, an installation by Etsuko Ichihara that imagines the culinary delights of a dystopian age. Note: the exhibition is closed from December 28 2023 to January 1 2024. Text by Darren Gore

Yasuko Toyoshima: Origination Method

Yasuko Toyoshima is an artist who questions everything. For over 30 years, she has leveraged personal feelings of alienation to social frameworks and rules that the vast majority of us have simply internalised and accepted as ‘norms’. The raw material with which she works can ultimately be considered as ‘systems’: ranging from tangible objects such as abacus, to concepts including education, economic models and our perception of colour. As this first major overview of Toyoshima’s career-so-far demonstrates, via nearly 400 works, this uncompromisingly subjective take on the world results in art that is both thought-provoking and, very often, reveals a playful sense of humour. Early pieces entitled 'Open Bank Account' and 'Mini Investment' involve the artist literally opening accounts and buying stocks and shares. A highlight of this show, 'Color Compensation 1' from 2005, meanwhile, saw Toyoshima attempt to construct a colour system that would only work within the confines of the piece itself, via red and green light alternating at one-second intervals within a pitch-black room. Note: the exhibition is closed from December 28 2023 to January 1 2024. Text by Darren Gore

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