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Solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) from November 21, 2021

Date
Mar 19, 2021
Tag
Exhibition

EUGENE Studio will hold a solo exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from November 21, 2021.
It will be a large-scale solo exhibition at the domestic art museum.

*Detailed information will be frequently updated.

 

Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Exhibition Period: Sat. 20 November 2021 – Wed. 23 Februaly 2022
Exhibition information
https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/exhibitions/the-eugene-studio/

 


Outline

*Partial excerpt from the official release

EUGENE STUDIO: After the rainbow

 

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) is delighted to present After the rainbow, the first solo exhibition in a Japanese museum of work from the EUGENE STUDIO. Based in Japan, the EUGENE STUDIO is headed by Eugene Kangawa, a promising young American-born artist who is the subject of growing international acclaim. As Kangawa was born in 1989, this will also be the first solo exhibition at MOT by an artist born during Japan’s Heisei era (1989–2019).

The EUGENE STUDIO has won praise in Japan and around the world for work shown at exhibitions including 89+ (2014, Serpentine Gallery, London), THE EUGENE Studio 1/2 Century later (2017, Shiseido Gallery), The Centennial Exhibition of Shiseido Gallery (2018–2019), and de-sport (2020, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa). The studio’s freedom of conception across a wide array of activities have found admirers across the globe, with notable projects ranging from a collaboration with renowned American SF author Ken Liu to Phantosia, a 2019 installation at the National Art Center, Tokyo, in which Noh was performed in pitch darkness. In 2021, two short films debuted by the EUGENE STUDIO in the United States were officially selected for showings at several international film festivals recognized by the Academy Awards, including the Pan African Film Festival.

After the rainbow will showcase two-dimensional works, large-scale installations, video, and sculptural works from the EUGENE STUDIO. From the acclaimed White Painting series (2017–) and Beyond good and evil, make way toward the wasteland (2017) to entirely new pieces, the exhibition will explore the perspectives, ideas, and philosophies that underlie the studio’s diverse body of work. These are not mere two-dimensional visions but works that instantiate our own existence within the environs and cycles of society as they sublimate a host of themes in parallel, from individual interests and art history to past phenomena and civilization itself. After the rainbow calls on us to find the wisdom we need at this turning point in history to turn our gaze away from expressions grounded in criticism or irony and toward the real as we propel ourselves into the future.

Exhibition information
https://www.mot-art-museum.jp/exhibitions/the-eugene-studio/

 

Exhibition trailer 1 | EUGENE STUDIO: After the rainbow

 

EUGENE STUDIO

EUGENE Studio is a Japanese contemporary art studio.Eugene Kangawa was born in 1989 in the US. The works include; a solo exhibition “THE EUGENE Studio 1/2 Century later.” at Shiseido Gallery (Tokyo/2017), “Shikkoku-Noh” at The National Art Center, Tokyo(2019), “AGROTOPIA” at Aomori Museum of art (2019), "de-sport"at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2020) .

In addition, “89+” at Serpentine Galleries in London (2014), a special exhibition for the 100th anniversary of Shiseido Gallery with a British architectural collective ASSEMBLE and a collaboration with Sci-fi writer Ken Liu whose works have won all three major US science fiction awards.

In 2021, two short films released in the US were chosen as the official selection by several film festivals including Oscar-qualifying film festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival.

EUGENE Studio was featured in a book “The Age of Art x Technology”(by Daisuke Miyatsu, Kobunsha) along with teamLab as one of the four leading Japanese artists in 2017.