The Mechanism of Meaning: Arakawa and Madeline Gins Shall we go just a little farther away?



Venue: Sezon Museum of Modern Art
Period: April 22 – October 31, 2023
Opening hours: 10:00am-6:00pm(Admission until 30 minutes before closing)
Holiday: Thursdays(except May 4 / Open every days in August)
Admission: Adult 1500 (1400)yen, Univesity, high school student 1000(900)yen, Junior high school/Primary school student 500(400)yen
( ):Group fee

Organized by Sezon Museum of Modern Art
Cooperated by Arakawa+Gins Tokyo Office Reversible Destiny Foundation

Shusaku Arakawa was born in Nagoya in 1936. After some time in Tokyo, in 1961 he chose to abandon his artistic activity there to move “just a little farther away” to New York where he based himself at Yoko Ono’s studio. In his interactions with numerous artists there, including Marcel Duchamp, Arakawa met the poet Madeline Gins (1941-2014) who would become his lifetime partner. The two delved deeply into the concept of “meaning,” noting that while people feel/think, it is generally in terms of meaning conveyed through words. This exploration evolved over 25 years into The Mechanism of Meaning, a project encompassing 127 items including 81 large-scale paintings, 44 drawings, one photograph, and one architectural model.

These works are, in effect, a major lifework series, brought together in one place for this exhibit. We invite you to go “just a little farther away” to a place that transcends the conventional viewing experience. (quoted from Official Website)