All tagged Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Sophie Calle: Exquisite Pain

Reading any news about art in Tokyo, it is hard to miss Sophie Calle, that her work has appeared in four different venues in February: a video installation at Shibuya Crossing (finished), a gallery show at Perrotin in Roppongi (the above photo), Parce que at Gallery Koyangi in Ginza, and Exquisite Pain: From the Hara Museum Collection. Exquisite Pain was previously shown at the Hara Museum in 1999-2000, when the museum acquired the entire collection, and is now shown again in its entirety. Calle demonstrates the pain of a romantic breakup through a countdown, using letters, photographs, and other mementos to tick off the days. The count up alternates Calle’s recounting of the breakup with painful stories and accompanying photographs from the stories of others.

Mami Kosemura: Phantasies Over Time

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.