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Wang Qingsong
Follow Me 2003
C-print, 60 x 150 cm
Collection: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


Contemporary Art through School Subjects

Johanna Billing » Luke Ching » Manon de Boer » Sam Falls » Fischli & Weiss » Shilpa Gupta » Naoya Hatakeyama » Aziz Hazara » Susan Hiller » Yee I-Lann » Christian Jankowski » Tomoko Kikuchi » Joseph Kosuth » Dinh Q. Lê » Klara Lidén » Futoshi Miyagi » Tatsuo Miyajima » Yasumasa Morimura » Yoshitomo Nara » Wang Qingsong » Vandy Rattana » James Richards » Hrair Sarkissian » Aki Sasamoto » Hiroshi Sugimoto » Martine Syms » Akira Takayama » Yuichiro Tamura » Su-Mei Tse » Ai Weiwei » Tomoko Yoneda » & others

Exhibition: 19 Apr – 24 Sep 2023

Mori Art Museum

6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
106-6150 Tokyo



Sun-Thu 10-22 . Fri, Sat 10-24

Yoneda Tomoko
Tanizaki’s Glasses - Viewing a Letter to Matsuko
(from the series “Between Visible and Invisible”)
Gelatin silver print, 120 x 120 cm
Collection: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Since the 1990s, when the development of contemporary art began to be considered from multiple perspectives in different parts of the world, we have been seeing that contemporary art today goes far beyond the framework of arts and crafts and fine art in the school classroom. It is a composite field with connections to all subjects, including language and literature, mathematics, science, and social studies. In each of these disciplines, researchers are exploring the “unknowns” of the world, delving into history, and making new discoveries and inventions from the past to the future in order to enrich our perception of the world. The stance adopted by contemporary artists that seeks to go beyond our preconceptions in a creative way is also connected to this exploration of these unknowns. In this sense, the contemporary art museum is something akin to a “classroom of the world” where we can encounter and learn about these unknown worlds.

WORLD CLASSROOM: Contemporary Art through School Subjects, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Mori Art Museum, is an attempt for us to encounter a world we have never seen or known from a wide variety of perspectives, using the subjects we learn at school as a gateway to contemporary art. Even though this exhibition is divided into such sections as “Language and Literature,” “Social Studies,” “Philosophy,” “Mathematics,” “Science,” “Music,” “Phys. Ed.,” and “Transdisciplinary,” each work, in fact, crosses over multiple subjects and domains. While over half the exhibited works will be drawn from the Mori Art Museum Collection for the first time ever, there will also be newly-commissioned artworks for this exhibition - altogether creating a “classroom of the world,” place of learning with works by some 50 artists/artist groups.