All You Need Is Love / 1 September 2013
All You Need Is LOVE ....Mmmh maybe, but a little order in chaos would be good too.
When we returned to the Mori Art Museum next day for this exhibition there were queues for tickets snaking out along the corridor as far as the eye could see, but I had my suspicions. And yes, this queue was indeed for Harry Potter - the Exhibition; so we bypassed the many, purchased tickets for LOVE and ascended to the 52nd floor.
My happiness at avoiding the crowd was short lived, this exhibition was also packed with visitors - mostly young and mostly female milling in large slow groups. Many seemed to be students, but there were also groups of wives, some with buggies.
It was divided into 5 sections; some more chaotic than others. The Japanese/English labelling was not always helpfully placed, and the deep crowds prevented me from getting close enough to read most of the information.
Damien Hurst showed exhibit number one with a large pink heart in household gloss paint decorated with deteriorated butterflies. It was rather overshadowed by Jeff Koons' Sacred Heart - an oversize version of a gold cellophane wrapped heart with red ribbon. In high chrome stainless steel with transparent colour coating, it was the poster piece for this exhibition.
Jostling each other for space:- sculpture, film, embroidery, photography, traditional oils, digital, mixed media, interactive voice machine, designer clothes, and more divided the gallery into a confusion of partitioned boxes, alcoves and niches.
The range of work on show seemed random, chaotic even, as I discovered Magritte, Chagall, Rodin, Hokusai, Tracy Emin, Frida Kahlo, Kusama Yayoi, Tsumura Kosuke, Lennon & Ono, Constable and many, many others, sharing space with Hatsune Miku.
If like me you've never heard of Hatsune Miku, I should explain that she was originally a synthetic singing voice. Now a manga-style cartoon persona featuring in over 100000 songs released worldwide, she is licensed out to various artists by her creators: Crypton Future Media. For this exhibition she performed as a tiny hologram-style display and appeared in ca. 140 moving images on iPads in a floor display beneath her performance on giant screens on three sides of the room. Hatsune Miku means first sounds of the future, and she will sing any song anyone can compose.
It was permitted to photograph Kusama Yayoi's Love is Calling and Tsumura Kosuke's FINAL HOME. For me these two works were among the most accessibly displayed of the exhibition, they drew me in and engaged me in contemplating love in a complex, layered and less voyeuristic manner than many of the other exhibits.
What is love? The
Sacred Heart, we enter
warily unsure, by way of
tradition and ritual
to build our focus on
A Couple in Love
and the intimacies
of two who breath as one.
One who loves and lusts
cares and shares, plays.
And breaks, we find
Love in Losing;
love in war, love
to identify Family and Love.
Pregnant with bloodline,
with family tree,
becoming history until
we reach Love Beyond,
dotted with stranger love and
the first sound of the future.