Roppongi Crossing 2013 | the current state of the Japanese art scene

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“Nonhuman Crossing” by Sachiko Kazama | all photos by flickr user kzsktt36

Perhaps one of the most talked-about exhibitions this winter is “Roppongi Crossing” at the Mori Art Museum. Held triennially and currently in its 4th iteration, the exhibition attempts to comprehensively survey the Japanese art scene. Chief curator Mami Kataoka organized the show, bringing together 29 artists/groups – many in their 30s and 40s but also with an unexpected sprinkle of seasoned veterans born in the 1930s and 40s.

The theme for the show is “Out Of Doubt.” “At a time when Japan is witnessing a heightening of social awareness, the “doubt” directed at socially accepted ideas and existing institutions has become a driving force generating all manner of discussions and activities.”

Roppongi Crossing is on display till January 13, 2014

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“1000 Legs, Cultivating Fruits” by Fumiko Kobayashi

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“Linked Space” by Kishio Suga

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“Yumei” by Haruo Mitsuda

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“Enjaku” by Haruo Mitsuda

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“Untitled” by Takuma Nakahira

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“Ghost in the Liquid Room (Ienticulrar) #3” by Teppei Kaneuji

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“Caramel” by Taro Izumi

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“The Problem of Time – The Problem of the Rock” by Simon Fujiwara

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“Desert Island” by Akira Akira

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“Desert Island” by Akira Akira

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“Green Journey (Someone in My Room)” by Chihiro Mori

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“Cemeteries of Six Famous Universities” by Chihiro Mori

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“Model of Go for Future Ship” by Ichiro Endo

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“Model of Go for Future Ship” (detail) by Ichiro Endo

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“INUJIMA PROJECT” by Yukinori Yanagi

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“Multiple Monument for Lucky Dragon 5” by Takashi Arai

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“The Base” by Hiroshi Nakamura

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for posting this! This was one of my favorite exhibitions I attended in Tokyo and I’m glad someone has photos as I couldn’t take any.

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