• “Out of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing 2013”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52/53F
    September 21, 2013–January 13, 2014

    Curated by Mami Kataoka with Reuben Keehan and Gabriel Ritter

    For this fourth iteration of the Mori Art Museum’s comprehensive triennial of contemporary Japanese art, the institution’s chief curator, Mami Kataoka, is joined by guest curators from the US and Australia. Together, they have selected a group of thirty participants, which (unlike in years past) also includes expatriate Japanese artists and those of Japanese descent: Ei Arakawa, Aki Sasamoto, and Simon Fujiwara, to name a few. The roster is further expanded with work by several postwar artists such as Genpei Akasegawa, Hiroshi Nakamura, and Kishio Suga, among other figures, who utilized nonsensical painting, incomplete objects, and performance to question cultural values and disrupt rigid social programs. Seen in dialogue, the art of this international ensemble promises to demonstrate the ways in which ideological and methodological legacies of the Japanese avant-garde have been transmitted between generations.