Weaving in and out of a century of art

Art Apr 9, 2019

Weaving in and out of a century of art

by Claire Williamson

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's re-opening exhibition is an ambitious exploration of an entire century's worth of art that runs through the majority of the museum building and spans four floors. Allow yourself ample time to make your way through it.

Gain the courage to scream with Yoko Ono

Art Dec 29, 2015

Gain the courage to scream with Yoko Ono

by John L. Tran

The conceit of "From My Window" — an exhibition that covers Yoko Ono as a conceptual artist from the 1950s onwards — is to focus on her connection with Tokyo. Since it's at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, maybe that's to be ...

'Yoko Ono: From My Window'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 3, 2015

'Yoko Ono: From My Window'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Nov. 8-Feb. 14 Though particularly famous for her Plastic Ono Band and being John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono, has been involved in many creative fields over the past 60 years. She was a pioneer of conceptual art, using poetry as the core of her works, ...

Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

Art Aug 18, 2015

Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

by John L. Tran

If you like controversy with your contemporary art "Postwar Art in Close Up" at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) may be the wrong exhibition to visit. Though it is tentatively presented as a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of ...

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

Art Mar 5, 2015

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

by C.B. Liddell

Art used to be about what you could see, but now, thanks to a more "conceptual" approach, it is often about what cannot be seen. Except the artist still has to demonstrate in some way what it is that can't be seen — in ...

Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

Art Feb 26, 2015

Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

by John L. Tran

The photographer and I have been waiting for about half an hour to interview Gabriel Orozco. It's a little disappointing, but that's OK. Orozco has famously made disappointment part of his creative practice. While waiting we chat about how much we have been impressed ...

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 22, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To kick start their 20th anniversary year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is showcasing the work of Mexico-born contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco as one of their three special exhibitions opening this week. This will be Orozco's first solo exhibition in Japan. Based in New ...