Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan

Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art (Israel)

The Japan Foundation presents an international traveling exhibition “Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan.” The exhibition, co-curated by two emerging curators Kenjiro Hosaka (Japan) and Elena Yaichnikova (Russia), features works in various media and styles created since the 1960s by approximately 30 Japanese artists. After being showcased at Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition will tour to Haifa Museums in Israel as a part of the commemorative project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japan Foundation’s establishment.

“Double Vision” consists of two parts: “Reality/Ordinary World” and “Imaginary World/Phantasms”. The first part introduces a wide range of works by participating artists reflecting Japanese perspective on 20th century world history, the present social structure, the interaction with urban space and so on. The second part features a free world of imagination that receives inspiration from Japanese pop culture, myths and cosmogonic concepts. These two exhibition parts, seemingly irreconcilable, are designed to reveal two extremes of Japanese art, which, despite their polarity, are bound together in actual reality.

New video work by Yoshinori Niwa “Looking for Vladimir Lenin in Moscow Apartments”, site specific installation by Tetsuya Umeda, and “Phenotypic Remodeling - Moscow Version” by Takahiro Iwasaki are exhibited. Another highlight of the exhibition is “Sun Child” (2011) by Kenji Yanobe, which is a gigantic sculpture as tall as 6 meters to be installed both in Russia and Israel.

Exhibition in Israel

Date: July 21 (Sat.) to December 15 (Sat.), 2012
Venue: Haifa Museums
Venue 1: Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art
Venue 2: Haifa Museum of Art
Participating Artists: List of Participating Artists
Curators: Elena Yaichnikova (Independent Curator)
Kenjiro Hosaka (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Organizers: Haifa Museums, The Japan Foundation
Support: The Embassy of Japan in Israel

This is a part of the commemorative project to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Japan Foundation's establishment.

*The exhibition in Russia is completed.

Exhibition in Russia

Date: March 14 (Wed.) to May 9 (Wed.), 2012
Venue: Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Part 1: Ermolaevsky (About 800㎡) 
Part 2: Gogolevsky (About 1,200㎡)
Curators: Elena Yaichnikova (Independent Curator)
Kenjiro Hosaka (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Organizers: The Japan Foundation, Embassy of Japan in Russia, Moscow City Government, Department for Culture of Moscow, Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow Museum of Modern Art
Event Programs:

Lecture by Takashi Homma
April 28 (Sat.), 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Ermolaevsky at Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Free Admission)

Performance by contactGonzo
April 29 (Sun.), from 4:00 p.m.Venue: Gorky Park
April 29 (Sun.), from 8:30 p.m.Venue: “Tsekh”

Installation image of Sun Child by Kenji Yanobe
Kenji Yanobe
Sun Child (2011)
Photo: Tomas Svab
Installation image of Poppy/Sound Shadow by Shinro Ohtake
Shinro Ohtake
Poppy / Sound Shadow I (2008)
Courtesy of TAKE NINAGAWA
Photo of artwork titled dwelling by Hiraki Sawa
Hiraki Sawa
dwelling (2002)
Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
Photo of untitled artwork by Izumi Kato
Izumi Kato
Untitled (2009)
Takahashi Collection
Courtesy of ARATANIURANO
installation image of separating space by Kishio Suga
Kishio Suga
separating space (1975)
Installation image of I'm Here, but Nothing by Yayoi Kusama
Yayoi Kusama
I'm Here, but Nothing (2000-)
Photo © Yayoi Kusama Studio
Courtesy of Yayoi Kusama Studio

Participating Artists

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The Japan Foundation
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section, Arts and Culture Dept.
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4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
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