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  • ROPPONGI CROSSING 2019: “CONNEXIONS”

    Mori Art Museum
    6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 52/53F
    February 9–May 26, 2019

    Curated by Reiko Tsubaki, Hirokazu Tokuyama, and Haruko Kumakura

    For the sixth edition of the Mori Art Museum’s triennial survey of contemporary Japanese art, the institution’s three curators delve into the question of what kind of role art might play in a society where political and economic polarization is exacerbated by rapid technological change. The show’s roster of twenty-five artists and collectives—most of the exhibitors are in their thirties and forties—is diverse with respect to medium and style. For instance, the latest high-tech garments from the fashion label Anrealage will share space with Nobuaki Takekawa’s seemingly playful installations, which, despite their lighthearted appearance, are actually inspired by urgent social issues such as those propelling the antinuclear and anti-racism movements, in which the artist is actively involved. While art might respond to social imperatives in a variety of ways, the most effective, in our troubled times, does so in a very concrete and specific manner.