THE UNIVERSE AND ART

The Universe and Art is an artistic voyage through the cosmos, exploring where we came from and where we are going. It weaves a rich constellation of Eastern and Western philosophies, ancient and contemporary art, and science and religion, to explore how humanity has constantly contemplated its presence in the Universe.

Long the subject of dreams, mythologies and artistic visions, the universe has been studied by people from around the world for a millennia. Featuring over 120 original artworks, scientific artifacts and manuscripts, this exhibition presents visions of the universe from across the globe and through the centuries. 

It begins with sacred religious artifacts linked to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. It continues with masterworks by the most renowned Renaissance astronomers, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Copernicus, which are on show in Singapore for the first time. New scientific thinking on the universe is explored in contemporary artworks by Björn Dahlem, Mori Mariko Pierre Huyghe, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sugimoto Hiroshi and more. The exhibition concludes with artwork devised specifically for space, providing unique insights into how art and culture have influenced how we explore the Universe.

At its heart, the exhibition celebrates humanity's age-old fascination for the universe and its mysteries. It shows how it has been an object of religious worship, a source of artistic and literary inspiration, and the basis of some of the most revolutionary scientific discoveries of all time.

The exhibition narrative unfolds through four main themes: 

 

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Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter)
17th Century
Hand Scroll
Collection of Kokugakuin University Library, Japan
 

Black Hole (M-Spheres)
Björn Dahlem
2016
Wood, steel, fluorescents, light bulbs, stain
Courtesy of Guido W. Baudach Gallery, Berlin and Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo
Installation view at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016
Photography: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
 

Carboniferous Period
Sugimoto Hiroshi
Gelatin silver print
1992
Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi
 

‘Moon’ score: ISS Commander - Listening to it on Mars, now.
Nomura Hitoshi
2009 (photograph), 2013 (score), 2009–2013 (CD)
Photograph, score, CD
Collection of Mori Art Museum
Courtesy: JAXA Space Environment Utilization Center
Photography: Toyonaga Seiji        
Photo courtesy: ARTCOURT Gallery



PROGRAMMES
 

Conversations: You are the Universe
Saturday, 1 April | 2pm
Venue: Express Gallery, Level 4

Humanity has always sought to catalogue the heavens and make visible the invisible forces we yearn to understand. Nothing beckons us like the mystery and majesty of the universe in our quest to grasp our place in it.

Turn your imagination to the cosmos and hear from speakers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds as they investigate the universe from the perspectives of art, cultural history, philosophy and science.

Held in conjunction with the opening of The Universe and Art and as part of the Art and Science of Space season.

*Free. Register in the lobby.

Insights Guided Tour
Saturday 1 Apr | 11:30am - 12:30pm

Public Guided Tour
Sunday 2 Apr | 11:30am - 12:30pm, 5pm - 6pm
Family Fridays 7, 14, 21 & 28 Apr | 3pm - 4pm

Who are we? What is our place in the universe? How do cultures, art and technology play a part in understanding the cosmos?  Join us in this enlightening tour as we journey through time and space to ponder some of the universe’s deepest mysteries. 

Complimentary to ticket-holders of The Universe and Art.

Up to 25 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration stickers will be given out five minutes before tour begins at exhibition entrance.

Make Your Own Cyanotype Universe
Family Fridays 7 & 21 April | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Venue: Rainbow Room, Basement 2

Join us in Cyanotype Universe where we use one of the oldest printing techniques to create beautiful photographic blueprints of space.

S$8 per participant. Up to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.


 


ABOUT THE PARTNERS
 
The Universe and Art is jointly curated and organized by Mori Art Museum and ArtScience Museum.

 


Mori Art Museum

Mori Art Museum, located on the top floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower skyscraper, a noted landmark of Tokyo, is a pivotal and pioneering contemporary art museum that has been introducing diverse artistic practices from around the world. The Museum since its establishment in October 2003 has developed its own distinctive approach to art - by embracing the concepts of "contemporary" and "international" - and is committed to making contemporary art more accessible to all people by presenting a wide range of exhibitions and learning programs that feature cutting-edge visual arts, architecture and design in a global perspective. Its continuing "Art + Life" principle is to realize an enriched society where art relates to all aspect of life.

For more information, visit: www.mori.art.museum/eng