Mami Kosemura: Phantasies Over Time
In a nutshell
Mami Kosemura presents what appears at first glance to be classic art - still lifes and portraits. Taking time with the works reveals modern twists. A still life of fruit reveals decay; the flowers in the vase are wilted and fresh. The artist combines photography and video to highlight change over time.
The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is a beautiful white, Modernist building tucked away in a residential neighborhood. The slight arc of the building curves onto a sculpture garden that can be seen from the museum’s café.
The café offers a nice lunch or coffee and dessert with a beautiful view of the garden through the windows or outside on the patio.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
There is a handout in English with the list of works and quite a bit of information about the themes expressed in the art. There is also wall text with more information. Don’t miss the laminated sheet in English and Japanese in Gallery I with additional information about the individual works.
Photographs are allowed.
The photographs of fruit and flowers are gorgeous - jewel colored with inky black backgrounds. The portraits are a combination of videos of real people in profile superimposed on 15th to 17th century Western paintings. The metamorphosis from one to the other evolves slowly but is worth the wait to experience.
This exhibition is appealing to those who love the classics and modern art lovers alike.
How far out?
The museum is in Shinagawa. A 10 minute walk from the Kita-Shinagawa Station or a 15 minute walk from the Osaki Station or the Shinagawa JR Station (Takanawa Exit). The Gotenyama stop on the 96 bus is less than five minutes from the Hara.
How much time?
About 30-45 minutes.
How much money?
¥1,100 for general admission.
September 2, 2018.
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
Definitely see it if you’re in the area or have some free time.