Artists Name: Ryuichi Sakamoto
With collaborative works by Shiro Takatani | Daito Manabe | Zakkubalan |
Curated by Sachiko Namba, Victor Wang, Zhang Youdai
Exhibition Dates: 5 March 2021 - August 8, 2021
Museum name and location:
M WOODS HUTONG
Qianliang Hutong 38, Building 3,
Longfusi St 95, Dongcheng, Beijing
M WOODS is presenting the largest and most comprehensive survey exhibition to date devoted to Japanese composer and artist Ryuichi Sakamoto. The exhibition is Sakamoto’s first institutional solo show in China. It includes work in various media from the last thirty years and new outdoor site-specific installations made especially for M WOODS.
Since the late 1970s, Ryuichi Sakamoto has played a key role in redefining the intersections of sound and art in Japan and internationally. From his cinematic scores that awarded Sakamoto both an Oscar and a Grammy in 1988, and his influence on the development of electronic music through the Japanese band Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), to his current activism on climate change, Sakamoto continues to radically transform the way we think about creative practice and the potential of art.
The survey exhibition centers around eight key works and large-scale sound installations made in collaboration with fellow celebrated artists, such as: ‘Sensing Streams’ with Daito Manabe, ‘Is Your Time’ and ‘LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible…’ with Shiro Takatani, and ‘async – volume’ with Zakkubalan. Accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and a series of live events and programming, the exhibition seeing sound hearing time, will provide a critical overview into the artistic practice of Ryuichi Sakamoto.
About the artist:
Ryuichi Sakamoto has lived many musical lives in his nearly 70 years. As a member in Haruomi Hosono’s Yellow Magic Orchestra, he helped set the stage for synthpop. His solo experiments in fusing global genres and close studies of classical impressionism led to him scoring over 30 films in as many years, including Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and most recently Andrew Levitas’ Minamata. In the past 20 years alone, he’s written a multimedia opera, turned a glass building into an instrument, and travelled to the Arctic to record the sound of melting snow. That exploratory spirit runs through Sakamoto’s 2017 album, async, which paints an audio portrait of the passing of time informed by his recovery from throat cancer. “Music, work, and life all have a beginning and an ending,” said Sakamoto in early 2019. “What I want to make now is music freed from the constraints of time.”
Ryuichi Sakamoto quote:
“It is a great pleasure to be invited to exhibit almost all of my sound installations in China for the first time. Through my work, I hope people in China can enjoy the boundary between sound and noise, between sound and silence, and the interstices of sound and image.”
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani , "LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible..." 2007 Photo: Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM) Courtesy of Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, "IS YOUR TIME" 2017
Photo: Ryuichi Maruo
Courtesy of NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
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Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6pm
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