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Spectrum by Tokujin Yoshioka

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Video of art installation ‘Rainbow Church‘ by Japanese artist and architect Tokujin Yoshioka for his exhibition ‘Crystallize‘ in Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) in 2013-2014.

Exihibition Outline:

Born in 1967, Tokujin YOSHIOKA is one of the most influential artists in the world, highly acclaimed for his unrestrained concepts and experimental creativity in a wide range of fields, including art, design, and architecture, which have won him high acclaim both at home and abroad. It explores the extraordinary fascination of his oeuvre.

As new works of this exhibition, the crystallized painting drawn by the vibration of music, “Swan Lake”, a sculpture of a crystallized flower, “Rose”, a chair constructed of seven strings, “Spider’s thread” and “Rainbow Church” built of crystal prisms and other pieces that have never been exhibited including his major works. This exhibition will be a vital opportunity to consider the relationship between nature and human-beings, and to share the scene that he “crystallizes (= gives a form to)” it as his creation for the next generation.

Tokujin Yoshioka:

Born in Saga, Japan in 1967. Worked under Shiro Kuramata in 1987 and Issey Miyake since 1988 and established his own studio, TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA INC. in 2000. He has done many projects with Issey Miyake for nearly 20 years such as space design and installation for ISSEY MIYAKE. Also, he has collaborated with various companies in and outside Japan such as CARTIER, HERMÈS, LEXUS, TOYOTA, SWAROVSKI, and other noted ones. Since the paper chair “Honey-pop”(2001) has attracted a great deal of public attention, Tokujin produced Driade’s “Tokyo-pop”, Yamagiwa’s lighting “TōFU”, cell phone “MEDIA SKIN” for au design project, chandelier “STARDUST” , stool “Eternal” and “Stellar “for SWAROVSKI Crystal Palace, the chair made by baking fiber structure “PANE Chair – Baking A Bread Chair”. “Water Block”, a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musee d’Orsay, Paris. Some of his most important works are exhibited as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums such as Museum of Modern Art(MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’ Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.

http://www.tokujin.com/

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo:

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, was opened in 1995 to systematically research, collect, preserve and display contemporary art that has been created both in Japan and overseas since 1945.

Situated in the eastern part of Tokyo, which is also home to Ginza, Akihabara, Tokyo Sky Tree® and the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall, the area surrounding the museum retains some of the charm of old Edo, and standing adjacent to Kiba Park, the large entranceway offers a beautiful view of the greenery.

The museum boasts three floors (4,000㎡) of galleries devoted to temporary exhibitions and two floors (3,000㎡) for “MOT Collection” exhibitions, making it the largest modern/contemporary art museum in the country. The temporary exhibition galleries are used to present exhibitions on a wide range of genres centered around contemporary art, including architecture, fashion, design, etc. The “MOT Collection”exhibition galleries present exhibitions of work from our collection of approximately 5,000, that have been acquired either for their historical significance or because they are by young artists representative of the current art scene, offering systematic introductions to postwar art history both at home and abroad or arranged according to various themes. Many of the exhibitions take advantage of the galleries’ extremely high ceilings to show large-scale works while the Atrium, which is part of the collection exhibition space, is the venue for the ‘Atrium Project’ in which spectacular installations are displayed over the course of one year.

The museum contains numerous other facilities, such as the museum shop, which offers original items, those connected with exhibitions and numerous books, etc., a library containing approximately 100,000 books on art-related subjects, a relaxing restaurant and a café, making it ideal for an entire day’s outing.

http://www.mot-art-museum.jp

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