The Reversible Destiny Foundation is pleased to announce the partnership with Gagosian Gallery, as featured in ARTnews.
“It has been anthologized in museum collections and exhibitions,” Gagosian Gallery director Ealan Wingate told ARTnews of Arakawa’s work, “but our current time has not kept up with it.”
Arakawa’s 2-D artworks will be the primary focus of the Gagosian collaboration. Chief among them is The Mechanism of Meaning (1963-1973), an 80-panel painting series that exists in two different versions, one at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art in Japan and the other in the holdings of the foundation. Reversible Destiny also has desires to bring out past writings and more eclectic work.
“Now we are looking at marvelous generations of artists who feel free to explore different ways of communicating through words, line, color, form, diagrams. It’s interesting to go back to a forerunner.”
The first major exhibition to explore the storied history of the groundbreaking mid-20th-century Dwan Gallery will premiere at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from September 30, 2016, through January 29, 2017. Honoring Virginia Dwan's gift from her extraordinary personal collection to the National Gallery of Art, Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971 will be on view in Concourse galleries of the newly renovated East Building. The exhibition traces Dwan's remarkable career as a gallerist and patron through some 100 works drawn from her collection as well as from museums and private collections. The exhibition includes Arakawa's Untitled, "Stolen", 1969, collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford.
The exhibition travels to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it will be on view from March 19 through September 10, 2017.
Reversible Destiny Foundation and Triple Canopy are pleased to present a screening of Children Who Won’t Die (2010). Directed by Nobu Yamaoka and scored by composer Keiichiro Shibuya, the documentary is a meditation on the work of Japanese artist Arakawa and his efforts, with his wife and creative partner Madeline Gins, to “reverse destiny” and free humanity from the necessity of death.
Children Who Won’t Die is part of Triple Canopy’s Vanitas issue, which explores contemporary meditations on mortality as well as the delights, delusions, and pressures of fleshly existence. The issue will also include an essay on the anti-death architecture of Arakawa and Gins by Triple Canopy senior editor Matthew Shen Goodman and Lucy Ives. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles, and will be introduced by Shen Goodman.
In collaboration with Asia Contemporary Art Week and hosted by Artnet, this event launches Reversible Destiny Foundation’s series of public programs.
The panel discussion Points of Convergence invited distinguished speakers who brought to the table distinct perspectives into the art and philosophy of Arakawa and how they may be contextualized within the international art of 1960s - 1970s. The panelists were Dr. Reiko Tomii, Naoto Nakagawa, and Dr. Charles Haxthausen. The program was moderated by Dr. Miwako Tezuka, Consulting Curator of Reversible Destiny Foundation.
Organized by gallery ART UNLIMITED, ARAKAWA + GINS Tokyo Office (Coordinologist, Inc.)
in Cooperation with The Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies – KANSAI UNIVERSITY / Reversible Destiny Foundation
At Frieze Masters, 2016, Eykyn Maclean presented The Eye of Arturo Schwarz, an homage to the legendary gallerist and the eponymous Galleria Schwarz, which operated in Milan from 1954-1975. The gallery became a cultural centre in Milan, as Schwarz not only introduced Italy to the avant-garde art of Dada and Surrealism, but also discovered, promoted, and exhibited emerging artists such as Tano Festa, Enrico Baj, and Shusaku Arakawa.
2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Dada movement and the 50th anniversary of Schwarz's seminal exhibition of the same theme.