I highly recommend the Lee Mingwei exhibit at the Mori Art Museum. I only had one hour but could have spent three. The exhibit is about Lee Mingwei’s relationships with people, art and art patrons. The exhibits are very provocative and cause one to think about one’s relationships with family and friends past and present. Lee and other artists since the 1990s have been very focused on “relationship arts” with audience-participatory projects. You can participate in projects not just by viewing but by touching, writing, reading and giving. If you are lucky you can even eat and maybe sleep in the museum – don’t want to give away all the surprises. I enjoyed unwrapping boxes that held memory items from people with personal stories about relationships; also the letter writing booths where you can write or read the letters that express thanks, regrets, and secrets. The flower exhibit is very interactive since you are asked to take a flower and passed it on to a stranger once you leave the museum. Honestly took a few tries to find someone outside who would take my flower. Interesting take on relationships and how we are engaged and participate or not. I think I will go back with the kids who would also enjoy.
Address: Mori Art Museum, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku
Dates and Times: September 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015; 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Adults 1,500 yen, College and High school 1,000 yen, 4-12 years 500 yen, under 4 free
Mori Art Museum
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