I remember that about 2 or 3 years ago you could find several contemporary art galleries around Roppongi: T&G arts, K’s Gallery, Scai x scai, and others. It seemed like Roppongi was the new place to assemble contemporary art, culminating with the Mori Arts Center (part of what was later called the Art Triangle Roppongi). But, where are they all now? Some of them closed for good and others moved from the area. Now the Tokyo Art Map has an emptier Roppongi, and a more crowded Ginza. What happened?
Now showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
This is a project held by the Tokyo Government. The institution’s name is Tokyo Wonder Site, and, like Design Festa or Geisai, it works like an experimental place that accepts applications from different artists so they can kind of self-promote themselves. But, Tokyo Wonder Site takes it to another level when they offer not only a space, but the opportunity to have a show at MOT, and artists residences.
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Murakami uses his deep understanding of Western art to integrate his work into its structure; working from the inside to portray “Japanese-ness” as a tool to bring about revolution in the world of art.
This is not the first time a Japanese acts as a cultural bridge between Japan and overseas, Okakura Kakuzô (during Meiji) and Suzuki Teitaro Daisetz (during Shôwa) also contributed to build an image of Japan and establish some guidelines on approaching their homeland. Thus, Murakami (during Heisei) would constitute a third character; a representative of the third moment of nation building. Probably, the otaku era of Japan.
Although Murakami was born in 1963, during Shôwa era (1926-1989), his early works were developed during the early 90’s. What can all this mean? This recur on guiding an approach?
Okakura and Suzuki witnessed wars like the Sino-Japanese war and WWII, where Japan was deeply involved. But now, Murakami hasn’t witnessed a war like that; on the contrary, he still claims that one can resent the consequences of WWII.