SUNSHOWER at Mori Art Museum

SUNSHOWER at Mori Art Museum

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Jakarta Wasted Artists - Graphic Exchange

Jakarta Wasted Artists - Graphic Exchange

こんにちは (Konnichiwa)! 

Have you ever visited an art exhibition that changed your viewpoint on life? Because that's exactly what happened to us when we viewed SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia from the 1980s to Now at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo. Imagine walking through an exhibition that makes you rethink your daily routine and question why you do the things you do. Stop imagining and do your soul and self a favor, visit the SUNSHOWER exhibition if you're in or planning to visit Tokyo. 

While planning our trip to Japan, we knew we wanted to visit the Mori Art Museum. Who could resist a museum that's located 53 stories up high, offering arguably the greatest view in Tokyo? Luckily, we were fortunate enough to be visiting Tokyo while the SUNSHOWER exhibition was on view. We had previously read and heard only good things about Mori Art Museum, so we knew we wouldn't be disappointed. What we didn't know was how much an art exhibition would move and change us. 

Jompet Kuswidananto - Words and Possible Movement

Jompet Kuswidananto - Words and Possible Movement

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

SUNSHOWER was carefully curated to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional organization composed of 10 countries that aims to promote Southeast Asia and intergovernmental cooperation. The exhibition features artwork from artists of all 10 ASEAN countries, and is said to be one of the largest Southeast Asian contemporary art exhibitions in history. The exhibition is named after a natural phenomenon that is a common occurrence in Southeast Asia, sunshower, when rain falls from the sky despite clear conditions.

ASEAN Countries

 
  • Burnei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Phillippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
Montien Boonma - Molds for the Mind

Montien Boonma - Molds for the Mind

Montien Boonma - Molds for the Mind

Montien Boonma - Molds for the Mind

SUNSHOWER in Tokyo

SUNSHOWER is split up into 9 different sections and is held simultaneously at two neighboring venues, the Mori Art Museum and the National Art Center, Tokyo. The exhibition has been on view since July 5th, 2017 and its last day in Tokyo is October 23rd, 2017. After Tokyo, the exhibition will be moving to Fukuoka, check out the official website for more details about its relocation. 

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Days left to view SUNSHOWER in Tokyo!

MORI ART MUSEUM
Address: 53F, Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-6150, Japan
Hours: Open 10AM - 10PM (5PM on Tuesdays)
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. 
For more information visit JNTO.

THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO
Address: 2E, Special Exhibition Hall, 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-8558, Japan
Hours: Open 10AM - 6PM (9PM on Friday and Saturday), Closed Tuesdays
* Last admission 30 minutes before closing. 
For more information visit JNTO.

Albert Yonathan - Helios & Po Po

Albert Yonathan - Helios & Po Po

Albert Yonathan - Helios

Albert Yonathan - Helios

Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum is situated on the 53rd floor of Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills. Founded in 2003 by Mori Minoru, Mori Art Museum has already made a name for itself not only in Tokyo but worldwide. The museum prides itself in showcasing quality contemporary art and architecture, offering a space to openly discuss culture and society. Mori Art Museum is home to four sections of the SUNSHOWER exhibition: Growth and Loss, What Is Art? Why Do It?, Medium as Meditation, and Dialogue with History

Ravi and the Kris Film Studio

Ravi and the Kris Film Studio

Korakrit Arunanondchai - Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3

Korakrit Arunanondchai - Painting with history in a room filled with people with funny names 3


Growth and Loss

Tith Kanitha - Hut of Angel

Tith Kanitha - Hut of Angel

The exhibition starts off with Growth and Loss, which does a fantastic job in showing the light and dark sides of rapid economic growth in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia has seen great change post World War II with the decolonization of numerous countries in the region. Paired with immense investment and urban development, cities have greatly transformed, for better and/or worst.  

This section highlights the region's rapid change and how these transformations often result in a loss of traditional culture and identity. What really resonated with us, as travelers, were the works of art that depicted how tourism has affected SE Asian cities and locals. Are we really taking in the culture when we travel, or are we simply there to take pictures then leave? 

Liew Kung Yu - Proposals for My Country

Liew Kung Yu - Proposals for My Country


What Is Art? Why Do It?

ruangrupa - ruruzip

ruangrupa - ruruzip

Mit Jai Inn - 2000

Mit Jai Inn - 2000

While contemporary art has become increasingly popular in Southeast Asia, that wasn't always the case. Many artists have to justify their art not only to their family and friends, but also to the greater community. What Is Art? Why Do It? focuses more on the artist, the reasoning behind the art, and why they became artists or obstacles they've overcame to be artists

Artists from different backgrounds share their stories in this section, often driven by social issues or wanting change in their community. We see how artists are tackling issues not only in their own community but also globally. Some of the pieces make you rethink your priorities and realize how small your problems are compared to those across the world. 


Medium as Meditation

Sopheap Pich - Big Beng

Sopheap Pich - Big Beng

Chalood Nimsamer - Rural Sculpture

Chalood Nimsamer - Rural Sculpture

Than Sok

Than Sok

Medium as Meditation focuses on religious activities and spirituality, how artists are shaped and how they produce art based on their beliefs. This section offers a spectrum of work that reflect the artists' beliefs at the time, or how they view others beliefs are on a particular subject matter. You are able to see how culture and traditions that are passed down often define the artists, and in return, define the artwork.


Dialogue with History 

Roslisham Ismail - anOther story

Roslisham Ismail - anOther story

Roslisham Ismail - anOther story

Roslisham Ismail - anOther story

Sometimes it's hard to understand history without personally experiencing it yourself. Dialogue with History brings together old and new artists to create cross-generational dialogue. There are artists who experienced a certain event and use art to retell it. Then there are artists who attempt to interpret a past event through their art, though it is often paired with a different point of view from the time of the original event. 

Bang Nhut Linh - The Vacant Chair

Bang Nhut Linh - The Vacant Chair

Felix Bacolor - Stormy Weather

Felix Bacolor - Stormy Weather


The Time is Now

Mori Art Museum - Sunshower Exhibition.JPG

We hope this provided a decent summary of what to look forward to at SUNSHOWER without giving too much away. This exhibition personally resonated with us since we're ethnically from Southeast Asia, much of the art spoke volumes to us. We honestly couldn't recommend this exhibition enough, if you find yourself in Tokyo before October 23rd, 2017, do check out this amazing exhibition! 

We regret not having enough time to check out the National Art Center, Tokyo side of SUNSHOWER. Luckily we ended up purchasing the book so we could read up about the pieces back home! Hands down our all time favorite art exhibition.

What's your all time favorite art exhibition?

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We were invited to cover SUNSHOWER by JNTO, but as always all opinions are our own. 

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