Exhibition: "Remembrance of the Future to Come"

Exhibition: “Remembrance of the Future to Come”

What is the role of art after a catastrophic event? Confronting the enormous power of nature unleashed by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami, many Japanese artists and art professionals felt powerless. Yet, we are uplifted by a comment made by a 16-year-old boy, rescued nine days after the earthquake. Asked what he wanted to be in the future, he answered: “I want to be an artist.”
On 11 June, exactly three months after the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition “Remembrance of the Future to Come” opens to face this disaster from the viewpoint of five artists. We aspire to understand the present from what the future holds for us, through art which inspires our imagination. Future always carries “hope” for all of us.
By seeing the present from the future viewpoint, we can face the current situation more positively.
By engaging in the act of remembrance, we will triumph over the enormous and indescribable loss.
Even after the catastrophic event, one of the fundamental goals of art — to express the ideals — remains the same. Through our imagination towards the future, we can see the present as our “past,” and by doing so, art can illuminate “hope.” Art has a power to stir our imagination and inspire hope for our future.

Artists: Joseph Beuys
Ingo Günther
Naoya Hatakeyama
Shinji Ohmaki
Yoko Ono
(In alphabetical order)
Curator: Shinya Watanabe
Location: Former “Plug.in” (Sankt-Alban Rheinweg 64, 4052 Basel, Switzerland)
Dates: 11-29 June 2011 / 11:00-18:00. Closed on Monday
Special hours during Art 42 Basel (June 15-19): 10:00-22:00
Reception: 11 June 2011 (Sat) 18:00-20:00

Artists’ Talk
“The Great East Japan Earthquake: How Art Can Find Its Own Way”
(English only)

Date/Time: 12 June 2011 (Sun) 11:00–13:00
Speakers: Ingo Günther, Shinji Ohmaki, Koh Sato, Shinya Watanabe

Admission: Free. Your donation for the 3/11 disaster victims would be appreciated.
Support: Embassy of Switzerland in Japan / Embassy of Japan in Switzerland
Sponsorship: Uta und Ulrich Müller-Gierok / Josy Kraft E.L.S. / Gallery Cocon affiliated with Senzokuike Hospital / proha-tec werbetechnik / Kenji Kajiya / Koji Nakao / Katsura Yamaguchi

Supported by:

Christoph Merian StiftungiaabTweaklabSelmoniTemple University, Japan CampusHubnet ExprressMcCaffrey Fine ArtDruckerei DietrichBaumschule SchmidS.E.A.Swiss WorldCargoUniversity of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerlandsushi 'n moorehortimaNY Art BeatGasthofs zum Goldenen SternenMISAWA HOME CO., LTD.

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