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Yasumasa Morimura “High, Red, Central, Action”

Dates|June 9 – July 8, 2018
Venue|MEM map
open hours|12:00-20:00
Closed|Mon. (open on holiday Mon. and closed on the following days)
Tel|+81 (0)3-6459-3205

High, Red, Central, Action, examines works both old and new from Morimura’s oeuvre that have an aspect of physical action at their heart, such as his performances.
His latest work, which lends its title to the whole exhibition, is modeled on Sixth Mixer Plan, a happening staged in the streets of Tokyo in 1963 by Hi-Red Center, an art group formed by Jiro Takamatsu, Genpei Akasegawa and Natsuyuki Nakanishi. Referring closely to the three artists’ respective “actions” at the happening, Morimura put on his own performance in Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district, out of which the photographic and video pieces presented here were produced.
Also exhibited are Cometman(1990) and Readmiring La Argentina (2010–2018). Cometman, Morimura’s first video work, is based on the famous portrait of Duchamp with his head shaved in the shape of a star. The series consists of stills and a video of Morimura’s performances in which he walked around Kyoto with a star shaved into the back of his head, or lay spread-eagled in the street, forming a star shape with his body. Morimura has since continued to put on occasional performances both in public and otherwise, some of which have been compiled and exhibited as photographic or video works.
As for Readmiring La Argentina, the original, Admiring La Argentina, is one of the most renowned works by the dancer Kazuo Ohno, the spearhead of the 1960s’ Ankoku Butoh (“Dance of Darkness”) movement in Japanese dance theater. Ohno’s dance piece was intended as a homage to the Spanish dancer La Argentina; Morimura’s offering adds yet another layer to this piece by reinterpreting Ohno’s interpretation.

【Talk Event】
Guest| Keiko Okamura (curator / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Date|Sat. 9th June, 18:00-19:30
Venue|MEM (NADiff A/P/A/R/T 3F)
*Japanese version only
*Opening reception will be held after the talk.

Guest| Yuri Mitsuda (Art Critic)
Date|Sat. 7th July, 18:00-19:30
Venue|MEM (NADiff A/P/A/R/T 3F)
*Japanese version only

【Video Screening】
Dates|6/10(Sun.), 6/16(Sat.), 6/17(Sun), 6/23(Sat.), 6/24(Sun.), 6/30(Sat.), 7/1(Sun.), 7/8(Sun.)
Holding time|16:00- / 18:00- *twice a day
Seating Capacity|10 seats
Venue|MEM (NADiff A/P/A/R/T 3F)
Admission|1,000 JPY
Seat reservation : art@mem-inc.jp

Contents(Total 45 min.)
『Cometman』(1990)
『Me Holding a Gun: For Andy Warhol』(1998)
『Me Descending the Stairs: For Gerhard Richter』(1998)
『Three Films for Kazuo Ohno’s La Argentina』(2010)
『High, Red, Central, Action』(2018)

【Publication】
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Yasumasa Morimura “High, Red, Central, Action”
*A5
*56 pages, 29 plates
*soft cover
*Text:Yasumasa Morimura, Yuri Mitsuda
*edited and designed by : Katsuya Ishida
*Language:Japanese, English
*Published by : MEM
*2018
*ISBN978-4-909598-00-4

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MoriP100

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Venue|NADiff gallery map
Dates|June 9 – 24, 2018
open hours|12:00-20:00
Closed|Mon. (open on holiday Mon. and closed on the following days)
Contact|NADiff a/p/a/r/t [Tel +81-(0)3-3446-4977 / http://www.nadiff.com / Send Email]
If you have any questions regarding to the event “MoriP100″, please contact NADiff a/p/a/r/t.