Multiple Modernisms

Multiple Modernisms

Exhibition at Chrysler Museum of Art

November 17, 2017 – January 31, 2019

The Chrysler Museum of Art is pleased to announce Multiple Modernisms - an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that features the work by Arakawa, Untitled, 1963 (Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.). This reinstallation of the Chrysler Museum’s McKinnon Galleries highlights pieces in the Museum’s permanent collection through an examination of differing narratives about the history of modern and contemporary art. The exhibition shows similar approaches between artists, many who worked simultaneously or successively. It also explores contradictory ideas influenced by politics and socioeconomics. 

The exhibition will be on view at the Norfolk, Virginia museum starting November 17, 2017.

Shonky: the Aesthetics of Awkwardness

Shonky: the Aesthetics of Awkwardness

Hayward Touring exhibition

October 20, 2017 - January 14, 2018

Artist John Walter curates the new Hayward Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness​, ​opening at the MAC in Belfast before embarking on a national tour to Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre. The exhibition aims to explore the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects Arakawa and Gins; Cosima von Bonin; Niki de Saint Phalle; Benedict Drew; Justin Favela; Duggie Fields; Louise Fishman; Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Kate Lepper; Andrew Logan; Plastique Fantastique; Jacolby Satterwhite; Tim Spooner ​and John Walter. 

Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology)

Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology)

Film Screening at National Sawdust, New York

October 16, 2017

Join Reversible Destiny Foundation and Dillon + Lee in the film screening of Arakawa's Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology) (1969) at Williamsburg's National Sawdust. Why Not is a surrealistic exploration, by a young female protagonist, of both her psychological and physical realms, shot entirely within an enclosed space of an apartment (Arakawa's studio). The screening is a rare opportunity to see Arakawa's experimental film in full, in the backdrop of the innovative venue of National Sawdust.

Neon Dance: Puzzle Creature

Neon Dance: Puzzle Creature

Premiere 2018

Puzzle Creature by Neon Dance draws on the life and work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins and will be designed to be presented in both traditional and nontraditional performance spaces. Due to premiere in 2018.

Click here for more information

ARAKAWA: SIX PAINTINGS

ARAKAWA: SIX PAINTINGS

Exhibition at Gagosian, New York

May 2 - 26, 2017

The Reversible Destiny Foundation and Gagosian are pleased to announce the exhibition of six paintings by Arakawa. 

The exhibition will be on view from May 2 through May 26th, 2017 at the Gagosian gallery at 555 West 24th Street, New York. 

ARTnews: ARAKAWA HEADS TO GAGOSIAN

ARTnews: ARAKAWA HEADS TO GAGOSIAN

February 1, 2017

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.”

Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971

Los Angeles to New York: Dwan Gallery, 1959–1971

Exhibition at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

September 30, 2016 – January 29, 2017

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.

Children Who Won't Die

Children Who Won't Die

Film screening at Triple Canopy, New York

November 3, 2016

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.

Points of Convergence: Arakawa and the Art of 1960's - 1970's

Points of Convergence: Arakawa and the Art of 1960's - 1970's

Panel Discussion at Artnet

October 12 2016

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.

Work in Progress - Explorations of Arakawa + Gins

Work in Progress - Explorations of Arakawa + Gins

Lecture series at gallery Art Unlimited

October 21, 22, 28, 2016

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

The Eye of Arturo Schwarz

The Eye of Arturo Schwarz

Exhibition at Frieze Masters Regent's Park, A6 London

October 6-9 2016

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.