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Sadaharu Horio at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

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Listen to the Sound of the Earth Turning: Our Wellbeing Since the Pandemic
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
29 June — 6 November 2022

Since 2020, an invisible virus has stolen away our everyday, and wrought havoc on our way of life and state of mind. Under these circumstances much artistic expression, including contemporary art, resonates more keenly than ever. Listen to the Sound of the Earth Turning explores ways to live this new life as the pandemic persists, and the nature of “wellbeing” that is the holistic health of both body and mind, from multiple perspectives found in contemporary art. Works on subjects with a connection to life and existence - nature and humans, the individual and society, family, the repetitious nature of daily living, the spiritual world, life and death - will encourage us to consider what it means to “live well.”

Emphasizing the type of experience only accessible in the real-life space of the museum, this exhibition will showcase works of sixteen artists, including Sadaharu Horio, Akiko Horio, Wolfgang Laib and Yoko Ono — including installations, sculptures, video, photography, paintings and more. Honing the senses and engaging with art by experiencing firsthand the materials and scale of works will prompt viewers to consider what “wellbeing” means for themselves, rather than what is suggested by others or wider society.

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  • Installation by Sadaharu Horio (1939-2018) at Mori Museum, Tokyo, 2022
  • Wolfgang Laib installing "Pollen from Hazelnut" at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, 2003 Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo Photo: Ito Tetsuo
    Wolfgang Laib installing "Pollen from Hazelnut" at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, 2003
    © Photo: Ito Tetsuo Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo