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Exhibition “The Universe and Art” – Princess Kaguya, Da Vinci and teamLab

  • The Universe and Art
    -Princess Kaguya, Leonardo da Vinci, teamLab

    Mori Art Museum
    30 July 2016 – 9 January 2017

    Since ancient times, the universe is an eternal concern of humanity. The present exhibition explores the subject through works of various genres from different time periods, up until the forefront of space development.

    The featured works include da Vinci’s astronomical manuscript (displayed for the first time in Japan), mandalas, and a handscroll of the “Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter” (the oldest Japanese sci-fi novel, if you will…) as well as a new installation work by teamLab.

    [SECTION 1] How have humans viewed the Universe through the ages?
    Works of mythologies and religions, as well as valuable astronomical materials, from the East and the West, shed light on the perceptions of the Universe that have evolved over time.

    "The Universe and Art" 森美術館「宇宙と芸術展」(article by amuzen)チームラボ新作も展示 森美術館「宇宙と芸術展」(article by amuzen)

    [SECTION 2] Space-time as the Universe
    Find contemporary works of art referring to certain factors that contribute to shaping our space-time perceptions, such as:
    – black holes sucking in even stars;
    – the fact that the starlight we perceive now is emitted from hundreds of millions of light years away;
    – the wonders of the Universe, said to be of eleven dimensions; and
    – astonishing development of astronomical observation technologies.

    “The Universe and Art” Mori Art Museum

    [SECTION 3] A new view of life – do aliens exist?
    Presented in this section are artworks that refer to images of aliens – starting from the Earth history with meteorites and fossils, which goes beyond human history; and to the state-of-the-art genetic engineering and A.I. technologies.

    “The Universe and Art” Mori Art Museum (article by amuzen)“The Universe and Art” Mori Art Museum (article by amuzen)

    [SECTION 4] Space travel and the future of humanity
    With the advent of the space travel era, in what ways the relationship of humans with the Universe will be transformed? Artists’ visions with regard to the question and the future life of humans are presented in this section. Find also the history of space development of the United States and the Soviet Union, and the forefront of space technologies including the art project of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Mars Ice House.

  • Place name Mori Art Museum
    (in Japanese) 森美術館
    Website go to website
    Phone 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
    Dates 30 July 2016 – 9 January 2017
    Opening hours Mon, Wed through Sun 10 am – 10 pm (last admission 9:30 pm)
    Tue 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm)
    Price t.b.a.
    Address 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    53th Floor, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
    (Ticket counter is located on the 3rd Floor)
    Getting there
    • Direct connection from Roppongi Station (Tokyo Métro Hibiya Line: Exit 1C)
    • 4 min walk from Roppongi Station (Toei Oedo Line: Exit 3)
    • 5 min walk from Azabu-juban Station (Toei Oedo Line: Exit 7)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.


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