24th May, 2022 / 19:30
31st January, 2013
“A super seductive art world enigma” The Guardian
Rebirth is Chelsea alumna Japanese artist Mariko Mori’s first major exhibition in London for 14 years. The recipient of numerous international awards including the prestigious Menzione d’onore at the 47th Venice Biennale, Mori’s work has been exhibited around the world, including at Paris’ Centres Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and at the Prada Foundation in Milan.
Centred on the death and birth of a star, the exhibition’s core theme of the cycle of life and rebirth will be expressed through a characteristically wide range of media; photography, works on paper, sound works, sculpture and large scale immersive installations.
Since her emergence in the 1990s as one of the most innovative artists of her generation, Mori’s output has been known for its seamless fusion of science and spiritualism, East and West. Encapsulating this synthesis of ideas in Rebirth is one of Mori’s most celebrated works, Tom Na H-iu (2006), an imposing five metres high glass monolith lit from within by hundreds of LED lights whose constantly changing patterns are determined by a computer at the Kamiokande Observatory in Tokyo.
Alongside Tom Na H-iu will be several other critically-acclaimed works from the last 11 years of Mori’s career, many of which have never been shown in the UK, and several new works created especially for this exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
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