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    Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection×Morimura Yasumasa M’s Gift of the Sea: Auto-Mythology

    2 October [Sat], 2021 - 10 January [Mon], 2022

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    About this exhibition

    Jam Sessions are joint performances by the Ishibashi Foundation Collection and contemporary artists. For our second session, we welcome Morimura Yasumasa. Since 1985, when he produced a self-portrait photograph in which he had dressed himself to resemble van Gogh’s self-portrait, Morimura has continued to create “self-portrait-ish works” in which he disguises himself as the person in a painting or photograph, choosing sources from diverse periods and cultures and recreates it, adding his own interpretations. Morimura has long had a secret love of the works by Aoki Shigeru and has created works inspired by Aoki’s Self-Portrait (1903) and A Gift of the Sea (1904) in the Ishibashi Foundation Collection. For this Jam Session, Morimura addresses A Gift of the Sea anew, head on. He gives shape to the history of the many changes in Japanese culture, politics, and thought since the Meiji period, when Aoki created that work, in his own Morimura-style A Gift of the Sea-M’s Gift of the Sea. He has elevated his ardent feelings for Aoki into a new series of works. This exhibition will consist of about ten works by Aoki from the collection and about sixty works by Morimura. Of them, more than fifty are new works Morimura created for this exhibition. This session will be a never-before occasion with Morimura and Aoki performing.

    The Ishibashi Foundation Collection
    The Ishibashi Foundation Collection began as the personal collection of Ishibashi Shojiro, its founder, and is now owned by the Ishibashi Foundation, which continues those collecting activities. Presently consisting of about 2,800 works, the collection spans Western paintings, modern Japanese-style paintings, sculpture and ceramics from East and West, and Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and paintings, as well twentieth century and contemporary art.

    Jam Sessions
    The Jam Sessions embody “Experiencing Creativity,” the concept guiding the Artizon Museum. For Jam Sessions, artists and curators working together organize exhibitions with new works inspired by specific works in the Ishibashi Foundation Collection and sessions in which the collection and the artist’s works interact to create new points of view. Our goal is a project that will be a bridge past and present and lead on to the future. The museum plans to hold a Jam Session every year.

    AOKI Shigeru
    Born in Kurume, Fukuoka prefecture, in 1882 and died in 1911. One of the most significant Western-style painters of the Meiji period, he made his debut in 1903 with a group of works on mythological subjects while still a student at the Fine Arts School. The following summer, he, his friends Sakamoto Hanjiro and Morita Tsunetomo, and his lover Fukuda Tane stayed in a fishing village on the Boso Peninsula (currently Tateyama, Chiba prefecture). His imagination stirred by the story of the large catch of fish that his friends saw, Aoki created A Gift of the Sea, a major work. The superb conceptual power and bold style of that painting attracted great interest, evoking a strong response, including arguments over whether it was finished or not. This exhibit of Aoki’s masterworks includes Self-Portrait from 1903, the year of Aoki’s debut, and Onamuchi-no-mikoto (1905) and Paradise Under the Sea, both paintings inspired by Japanese myths.

    Biography

    MORIMURA Yasumasa

    Born in Osaka in 1951. Since his debut in 1985 with a portrait photograph of himself disguised as van Gogh, Morimura has shown works in Japan and abroad. Served as artistic director for the 2014 Yokohama Triennale. Recent solo exhibitions include The Self-Portraits of YASUMASA MORIMURA: My Art, My Story, My Art History (National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2016), Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura, Tokyo 2020 (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, 2020), and Morimura Yasumasa: Want to change the world? Be seriously unserious (Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, 2020). In 2018, opened Morimura @Museum in Kitakagaya, Osaka. His many publications include Jigazõ no yukue (Whither the self-portrait; Kobunsha Shinsho).

    Exhibition overview

    Exhibition title

    Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection×Morimura Yasumasa M’s Gift of the Sea: Auto-Mythology

    Exhibition period

    2 October [Sat], 2021 - 10 January [Mon], 2022

    Opening hours

    10:00 – 18:00(20:00 on Fridays)​​ * Last admission 30 minutes before​ closing

    Closed

    Mondays (except January 10), December 28 to January 3

    Organizer

    Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation

    Technical realization in cooperation

    Shashinkosha inc., Chishima Real Estate Co., Ltd., DNP Media Art Co., Ltd., Nikon Imaging Japan inc.

    Venue

    6F Gallery

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    Art works

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 2: And Then》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 2: And Then》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa,《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 7: Virus: The Day of Resurrection, 2》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa,《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 7: Virus: The Day of Resurrection, 2》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 9: Return to Twilight》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《M’s Gift of the Sea No. 9: Return to Twilight》2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Self Portrait / Youth (Aoki) 》2016/2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Self Portrait / Youth (Aoki) 》2016/2021, collection of the artist

    AOKI Shigeru《Self-Portrait》 1903, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    AOKI Shigeru《Self-Portrait》 1903, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Study for M’s Gift of the Sea (Color Matching01: Creation of an Appearance)》 2020, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Study for M’s Gift of the Sea (Color Matching01: Creation of an Appearance)》 2020, collection of the artist

    AOKI Shigeru《A Gift of the Sea》1904, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    AOKI Shigeru《A Gift of the Sea》1904, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Auto-Mythology (Monologue) 》(video) 2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Auto-Mythology (Monologue) 》(video) 2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Auto-Mythology (Monologue) 》(video) 2021, collection of the artist

    MORIMURA Yasumasa《Auto-Mythology (Monologue) 》(video) 2021, collection of the artist

    AOKI Shigeru《Paradise under the Sea》1907, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    AOKI Shigeru《Paradise under the Sea》1907, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    AOKI Shigeru《Seascape》1904, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

    AOKI Shigeru《Seascape》1904, the Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation Collection

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