Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022
Friday evening 6pm – 9pm
¥400 College Students
¥250 High School Students and Seniors
Free for childrenSeparate admission charges for temporary exhibitions
The museum was the first public contemporary art museum in Tokyo when it opened in 1995. They exhibit a large collection of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. Expansive spaces in this architecturally modern building lend themselves to sizable installations, and the museum exhibits a variety of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. While most of the space is utilized for temporary exhibits, the permanent collection includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as a survey of modern Japanese artists.