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Let's forget for a minute whether or not the Mori's new show "Tokyo-Berlin/Berlin-Tokyo" succeeds in its mission to show the links -- strong or tenuous -- between these two major cities. Instead let's discuss what is good about the works the Mori is presenting to a mainstream audience.

While the exhibition includes architecture, photography, printmaking, and documentation of Dada and its Japanese equivalent, Mavo, most of the real estate is given to painting. By concentrating on two cities that weren't at the forefront of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Modernism, the exhibition allows you to reassess your commitment to your favorite isms.