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artnet: 5 Things We Learned About Yayoi Kusama From the New Documentary About Her Extraordinary Life

by Alexandra_Munroe on September 10, 2018

5 Things We Learned About Yayoi Kusama From the New Documentary About Her Extraordinary Life


Sarah Cascone

5 Things We Learned About Yayoi Kusama From the New Documentary About Her Extraordinary Life

The new documentary illuminates Kusama’s creative genius and great ambition, as well as her struggles, over the years.

Yayoi Kusama in the Orez Gallery in the Hague, Netherlands (1965) in Kusama – Infinity, directed by Heather Lenz. Photo by Harrie Verstappen, courtesy Magnolia Pictures.
Yayoi Kusama in the Orez Gallery in the Hague, Netherlands (1965) in Kusama – Infinity, directed by Heather Lenz. Photo by Harrie Verstappen, courtesy Magnolia Pictures.

Today, Yayoi Kusama is an art-world superstar, with museum-goers around the world lining up for hours for the chance to take photographs of—and with—her mirrored Infinity Rooms and polka-dotted pumpkins. And yet, the Japanese artist has lived in a mental hospital since the 1970s, suggesting an unseen dark side to her colorful universe. As a new documentary reveals, the road to success was a long and winding one that tested the artist’s drive, resiliency, and, ultimately, her sanity.

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Go Inside the World of Asian Art in Alexandra Munroe’s ‘Eyes on Fire’

by Alexandra_Munroe on August 20, 2018

originally aired live on Cheddar.com
https://cheddar.com/videos/go-inside-the-world-of-asian-art-in-alexandra-munroes-eyes-on-fire
August 20, 2018

American interest in Asian art is at an all-time high after Yayoi Kusama’s hit ‘Infinity Mirrors’ exhibition. Guggenheim Museum Senior Curator Alexandra Munroe explores the diverse world of Asian Art in her video series ‘Eyes on Fire.’

 

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Japanorama: Five Decades of Japanese Art from Metabolism to the Post-Human

by Alexandra_Munroe on February 20, 2018

originally published at Frieze.com
https://frieze.com/article/japanorama-five-decades-japanese-art-metabolism-post-human

At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the past year has seen the most extensive survey of contemporary Japanese art outside of the country in 17 years

 

‘Japanorama – A New Vision on Art since 1970’ marks the final exhibition in Centre Pompidou-Metz’s year-long Japanese season (September 2017 – May 2018). Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, it’s the most extensive survey exhibition of contemporary Japanese art outside of Japan since Alexandra Munroe’s ‘Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky’ – which toured to The Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, The Guggenheim, New York, and San Francisco MoMA in 1994 – and Jonathan Watkins’ ‘Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art’ at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2001. This exhibition, however, consciously follows on from Centre Pompidou’s own 1986 show ‘The Avant-Garde Arts of Japan 1910-70’, which examined Japanese modernity chiefly in relation to the Western avant-garde.

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国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会 アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆

by Alexandra_Munroe on January 15, 2018

国際交流基金賞 受賞記念講演会
アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆

Speech Commemorating the Japan Foundation Prize for the Postwar / Contemporary Japanese Art History in America and the Rise of Global Art History

originally published on wochikochi.jp
http://www.wochikochi.jp/topstory/2017/12/art-history-munroe.php

アレクサンドラ・モンロー
(ソロモン・R・グッゲンハイム美術館アジア美術上級キュレーター/
グローバル美術上級アドバイザー)

アレクサンドラ・モンロー氏は、戦後から現代までの日本美術を美術史の一貫した立場から実証的に研究し、数々の展覧会を企画、「具体」や「ネオ・ダダ」、「もの派」、そしてより若い世代の日本の現代美術家たちの国際的な評価を高めることに大きく貢献してきました。この功績を称え、国際交流基金はモンロー氏に2017年度国際交流基金賞を授与しました。
受賞を記念して開催された講演会「アメリカにおける戦後・現代日本美術史の展開とグローバル美術史の興隆」の内容に基づき、モンロー氏にご寄稿頂きました。

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Art in America: FAREWELL OUR GLOBALISM

by Alexandra_Munroe on December 5, 2017

FAREWELL OUR GLOBALISM

EXCERPT from the originally published article in Art in America
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-features/magazine/farewell-our-globalism/
Dec. 01, 2017
by Richard Vine

First the good news. “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” now appearing at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through January 7, samples China’s most fertile and challenging post-Mao period of art production in ways that are stimulating for specialists and general viewers alike. Organized by three experts intimately involved in the history they present—Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim’s senior curator of Asian art; Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; and Hou Hanru, artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Art, in Rome—the exhibition eschews a strict chronological format. Instead, it strives, through savvy and sometimes unexpected selections, creatively mixed, to convey the ferment of a time in China when liberation was in the air, anything seemed possible, and avant-garde artists, at first little appreciated (and sometimes persecuted) at home, sought to take their place in the global art system. The realization that those times have sadly changed is due in equal measure to a cultural revanchism in the People’s Republic of China and a resurgence of moral provincialism in the United States.

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