The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art will present Tomoko Yoneda’s latest series of works to the public for the first time, from September 12th until November 30th, 2008. With ‘An End is A Beginning’, Deutsche Bank once again is placing the support of young artists in cooperation with international institutions at the center of its commitment to contemporary art.
In ‘An End is A Beginning’, the London-based Japanese artist, born in 1965, presents her representative series Scene and Between Visible and Invisible, and After the Thaw. Also included is Topographical Analogy, a series created early in her career in which her signature style as a photographer is clearly evident. This solo exhibition is the first one to present a comprehensive overview of her work to date.
As a photographer, Yoneda is loyal to photography as a medium for observing and recording a subject. The sites she photographs, are actually the settings of historical events that link to collective memories in terms of nation, race and society, such as former battlefields of World War I and II. The significance of each place, however, is apparent only from the title; what is revealed by the picture is merely a banal landscape, lacking the Monuments that are often erected at such spots to allow the memory of an historical event or person to be shared. This way of “seeing the invisible” may be said to be the defining trait of Yoneda’s photography.
Deutsche Bank’s support of this exhibition is the third cooperation between the bank and the renowned Japanese institution for contemporary art. In 2006 the Hara Museum presented ‘Tokyo Blossoms’, a selection from the Deutsche Bank Collection. Embedded in the exhibition design by the star architect Zaha Hadid, ‘Tokyo Blossoms’ provided a new perspective on one of the most important corporate collections worldwide. The partnership continued in 2007, with the exhibition ‘Pipilotti Rist: Karakara’, which contained ten representative works by the important Swiss artist.
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For about 30 years, Deutsche Bank has been committed to promoting contemporary art. Under the motto “Art Works”, the bank systematically acquires contemporary international art and displays it in bank buildings and exhibitions around the globe. With more than 53,000 works of art, the Deutsche Bank Collection is considered one of the world’s largest and most important corporate collections.
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