Passage to the Future Exhibition at the Japan Foundation

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Passage to the Future Exhibition at the Japan Foundation

Post  JF on Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:31 pm

Cleanse & Refresh for Spring...
Special Saturday exhibition openings: April 18 & May 2

Art from a New Generation in Japan

Miyuki Yokomizo, Please Wash Away, 2004

March 10 - June 9, 2009

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
131 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor

Monday - Friday 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Special Saturday Openings: April 18, May 2 and June 6, Noon - 5:00 PM
Doors Open Toronto: May 23 & 24, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed: Other Saturdays and Sundays, May 18

The Japan Foundation is pleased to present Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan, an exhibition that focuses on art being produced in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century. It showcases the work of eleven younger artists who are presently attracting a great deal of attention. The 1990s saw major shifts on the economic and political order of the world, and many people have responded by turning away from larger issues and concentrating on smaller and more intimate areas of life, in essence, reexamining the ground under their own feet. In contemporary art as well, there has been a worldwide tendency for artists to take a greater interest in everyday life and focus on the _expression of very personal perceptions and feelings.

This exhibition presents paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, and video works by eleven Japanese artists who are responding in a similar way to the current state of the world. They take their subject matter from their immediate surroundings and make art that strongly reflects their own personal reality. Their work has a rich visual impact and reveals a strong interest in the process of making things. We hope that this exhibition will allow viewers to experience the freshness and vitality of current Japanese art and at the same time provide an opportunity for renewed thinking and debate about the fundamental appeal and meaning of art.

Atsushi Fukui
Satoshi Hirose
Maywa Denki
Tomoyasu Murata
Tetsuya Nakamura
Masafumi Sanai
Katsuhiro Saiki
Yoshihiro Suda
Nobuyuki Takahashi
Miyuki Yokomizo

The presentation of this exhibition in Toronto is part of the cerebration of 80 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.


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