SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
In a nutshell
This exhibition is colorful, beautiful, and thought provoking. The themes of colonialism, war, development and spirituality are presented through the lens of contemporary art. It’s sprawling but not overwhelming with over 180 pieces including flags, signs, videos, photographs, sculptures, paintings, multimedia works and much more.
The Mori Art Museum and the National Art Center, Tokyo. Both are open and spacious.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All the information is in Japanese and English. There is a free (!) audio guide at each museum. Both only take about 15 minutes total and offer great context for selected works and/or sections.
Loved this exhibition and learning more about Southeast Asia through its art. One of my favorite installations is the windchimes, which you hear for quite a while before you see them. The hundreds of cheap plastic pieces are stunning together.
All art lovers and anyone who is interested in learning more about ASEAN countries.
How far out?
Both museums are centrally located in the Roppongi area of Tokyo.
How much time?
Plan to spend at least an hour at each museum. You will need more time if you watch all the videos.
Until October 23, 2017
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
Make a special trip to see SUNSHOWER. You won’t be disappointed.