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BODY/PLAY/POLITICS At Yokohama Museum Of Art

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Tokyo Writer
Updated: 24 October 2016
BODY/PLAY/POLITICS at Yokohama Museum of Art is a contemporary art exhibition that takes us on a trip through social history, as expressed through the body. It challenges our perceptions of our bodies and the meanings we assign to them. That is, it examines the colors, shapes, ethnicity, genders and behaviors of our bodies in a historical context.

BODY/PLAY/POLITICS aims to tear down the subconscious hierarchies we have built, the social preconceptions we refuse to let go of and the prejudice that rules our first-impression judgement. Six artists from Southeast Asia and Japan, Africa and Europe are participating, including Yinka Shonibare, Yuichiro Tamura and UuDam Tran Nguyen. Their works will aim to express aspects of history – which often has an overwhelming influence on our modern-day opinions of ourselves and others – that ‘manifest themselves through the body.’ Through humor and art, these pieces will have you rethinking the history that made them and looking towards a brighter future.

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The Yokohama Museum of Art is located in Yokohama, a major port city in the Greater Tokyo Area. The museum houses a large collection of art, from local Japanese artists to international Surrealist Salvador Dalí. Tickets are ¥1,500 for adults or ¥1,300 in advance, and ¥1,000/¥800 for students. The Yokohama Museum of Art is open from 10AM to 6PM daily and closed on Thursdays, except Thursday, November 3rd when it will host a special free-admission event. The exhibition will run from Saturday, October 1st to Wednesday, December 14th.

Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, +81 45 221 0300

BODY/PLAY/POLITICS poster | © Yokohama Museum of Art
BODY/PLAY/POLITICS poster | © Yokohama Museum of Art