Sense of Humor
In a nutshell
Any exhibition that combines ping pong, Buster Keaton, zen, and surrealism must be aiming for something different. Katsumi Asaba, a graphic artist, calligrapher, and champion ping pong player, among other things, is the exhibition director for Sense of Humor. He presents film, posters, photographs, sculptures, all types of objects and much more with a sense of whimsy and delight. In his words, “humor soothes the spirit; humor stirs the soul….Humor is the heart of communication.” There are lots of colors, shapes and other sights to explore and enjoy.
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando and is located in the Tokyo Midtown Park. It’s a small museum but the main exhibition room is large enough to display all types of design and art exhibits.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the exhibition information is in English.
Photos are allowed of almost the entire exhibition. Works that cannot be photographed are clearly marked.
There is a sense of playfulness and a lack of cohesion, other than the theme of humor, which allows the viewer to appreciate rather than studiously concentrate on the works.
This type of exhibition can be enjoyed casually, just enjoying the sights and colors, or more intently by reading about the artists and the themes.
How far out?
A five minute walk from the Roppongi or Nogizaka metro stations.
How much time?
How much money?
¥1,100 for general admission.
June 30, 2019
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
See it if you’re in the area and has some free time.