Mori Art Museum: Roppongi Crossing 2022: Coming & Going
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Dates: 01 December 2022 – 26 March 2023
Curators: Amano Taro (Chief Curator, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery)
Lena Fritsch (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford)
Hashimoto Azusa (Curator, National Museum of Art, Osaka)
Kondo Kenichi (Senior Curator, Mori Art Museum)
Roppongi Crossing is a series of co-curated exhibitions staged every three years by the Mori Art Museum. First launched in 2004 to provide a snapshot of the contemporary Japanese art scene at a particular point in time, this seventh edition in the series showcases approximately 120 works by 22 Japanese artists (all born between the 1940s and 1990s) and artist groups, in an exciting cross section of both young and promising artists as well as internationally established veterans.
As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, our lives have changed dramatically. These changes have revealed many hitherto hard-to-see, or even hidden, aspects of Japanese society, prompting us to revisit and reconsider familiar elements of our everyday environments previously taken for granted. They have also shone a light on the presence and diversity of those around us also living through these tumultuous times. With people once more on the move and expectations of new cultural creativity growing, we are reminded of the fact that various ethnic groups live in Japan and that it is a country whose history and culture is manifold. What kind of future can we now imagine and build together?
The subtitle of Roppongi Crossing 2022, “Coming & Going,” reacknowledges that people’s inward and outward movements and repeated interactions with other cultures throughout Japan’s complex history have indeed made this country a place where a wide variety of people and cultures now coexist. It also conveys a desire for those comings and goings to resume after the pandemic brought them to a halt.
We take a fresh and wider look at Japan’s contemporary art and creative scene, and invite visitors to join us in pondering the imponderable nature of tomorrow.
AKI INOMATA Born 1983 in Tokyo; lives and works in Tokyo
Aoki Chie Born 1981 in Gifu; lives and works in Ishikawa
Aoki Noe Born 1958 in Tokyo; lives and works in Saitama
Han Ishu Born 1987 in Shanghai; lives and works in Tokyo
Ichihara Etsuko Born 1988 in Aichi; lives and works in Tokyo
Iha Linda Born 1979 in Okinawa; lives and works in Okinawa
Ikeda Hiroshi Born 1981 in Saga; lives and works in Tokyo
Inose Naoya Born 1988 in Kanagawa; lives and works in London
Ishigaki Katsuko Born 1967 in Okinawa; lives and works in Okinawa
Ishiuchi Miyako Born 1947 in Gunma; lives and works in Gunma
Kanagawa Shingo Born 1981 in Kyoto; lives and works in Tokyo
KYUN-CHOME Formed in 2011; based in Tokyo
Matsuda Osamu Born 1979 in Hyogo; lives and works in Tokyo
Oh Haji Born 1976 in Osaka; lives and works in Wollongong, Australia
O JUN Born 1956 in Tokyo; lives and works in Tokyo
Orimoto Tatsumi Born 1946 in Kanagawa; lives and works in Kanagawa
Shindo Fuyuka Born 1975 in Hokkaido; lives and works in Hokkaido
SIDE CORE / EVERYDAY HOLIDAY SQUAD Formed in 2012 / 2015; based in Tokyo
Takeuchi Kota Born 1982 in Hyogo; lives and works in Fukushima
Tamayama Takuro Born 1990 in Gifu; lives and works in Tokyo
yang02 Born 1984 in Kanagawa; lives and works in Chiba and Kanagawa
Yokoyama Nami Born 1986 in Gifu; lives and works in Aichi