Mercedes-Benz Japan has sponsored Mercedes-Benz Art Scope since 1991, a mécénat activity that gives contemporary artists from Japan and Germany a chance to experience a different culture. The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art has been a partner in this program since 2003, providing a venue to showcase the artistic results.
This year’s show features three artists: Japanese artist Taro Izumi who resided in Berlin in 2016, German artist Menja Stevenson who resided in Tokyo in 2015 and Japanese artist Tokihiro Sato, a past participant who spent his residence in France in 1993 and was invited this time as a guest artist. Izumi will show video works made during his stay in Berlin and video installations interlaced with strange and humorous elements based on ideas that came from his travel abroad. Stevenson will show photographs, conceptual monotypes (prints) and other works produced during her stay in Tokyo and works based on her encounters with contemporary and traditional Japan. Sato will show previous images taken of places in Tokyo together with images taken again of the same places (but with different methods) to contrast changes in his creative expression and Tokyo’s past and present.
What happens when three artists with different styles and approaches are let loose in Tokyo or Berlin with a camera in hand and a mission to create? We invite you to see the results.
Mercedes-Benz Art Scope 2015-2017: Wandering to Wonder
Date: May 27th – August 27th, 2017
Opening hours: 11:00 – 17:00 (Wednesday till 20:00)
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing
Closed on Monday, July 18th (Open on July 17th)
Place: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Address: 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo