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KANTO

“Francis Alys”

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Mexico-based artist Francis Alys has drawn global attention with his repeated acts of insanity — such as venturing into the middle of a tropical storm that sweeps through Mexico City each March to photograph what was happening inside, or pushing a massive piece of ice through the public streets in a sarcastic allusion to the harsh working conditions of local Latinos. Although seemingly ludicrous, his projects are often carefully calculated condemnations of social injustices, including political corruption and widespread unemployment. This exhibition will offer a comprehensive look at a series of major Alyss projects, with a total of 140 pieces on display; April 6-June 9, June 29-Sept. 8.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; (03) 5245-4111; 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo; Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station, Hanzomon Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,100. Closed Mon. (except April 29, May 6, July 15), April 30, May 7, June 10-28, July 16. www.mot-art-museum.jp