Lost & Found: Family Photos Swept Away by the 3.11 East Japan Tsunami. A moving exhibition of collected photographs recovered from the devastation following the earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear catastrophe that took place in the Tohoku region in 2011. The project is attempting to return pictures from the collection to their owners by cleaning, cataloguing and creating a digital database of the photographs. Funds raised will go directly to the people of Yamamoto-cho.
Not only does Motoi Yamamoto create these exceptional large-scale sculptures out of salt, he also insists that after every exhibition of his works, the salt be returned back to the ocean. Now that’s what call environmentally-friendly artwork.
“Lost Kingdoms,” on view through July 27, 2014, is the first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia. | Buddha (detail). Provenance unknown, central Thailand, first half of the 7th century. Sandstone; H. 67 3/8 in. National Museum, Bangkok. #LostKingdoms
Motoi Yamamoto's Utsusemi - Blocks of salt are stacked atop each other to form a narrow flight of stairs that crumble at the presence of a simulated earthquake. At once, the piece echoes architectural ruin as well as the pouring of salt for the lives lost in the aftermath of the natural disaster that is so prevalent in Japan