Past Exhibitions

Yuko Mohri: Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance

Oct 27th, 2018 - Mar 24th, 2019


Yuko Mohri, born 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan, is an installation artist whose creative process transforms entire spaces into artwork. She recasts reconfigured everyday items like dusters, spoons, and empty cans and reveals intangible forms of energy such as electricity, magnetism, and wind. Mohri’s works exhibit strange movement, almost as if the objects themselves are living, breathing beings. Other times, her objects seem possessed by a larger force beyond
human control.

At the Towada Art Center, she exhibits a new large-scale, sound-based assemblage inspired by movements such as spirals, spins, and swirls as seen on different scales, such as in ammonites and multi-stranded wires and cables. Her works can be symbolic of the orbit of celestial bodies, and, at the same time, reveal aspects of large social movements.

In addition to video and prints, Mohri also brings contingency and improvisation into her installations to form ecosystems that are entirely her own, captivating museum-going audiences both at home and abroad.

Photo image:Installation view from If sealed up inside a grave, at least be as quiet as a grave for V.T.
2018, photo by Kuniya Oyamada

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Photo by Naoko Maeda

Yuko Mohri

Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan, artist Yuko Mohri creates installations that hint at forces such as gravity, magnetism, and light. In 2015, she received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for a six-month residency in New York.

She has participated in group shows including the Yokohama Triennale 2014 (Kanagawa), Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 (India), and the Biennale de Lyon 2017 (France). She has been named winner of Nissan Art Award 2015 Grand Prix, the Kanagawa Culture Award Culture and Future Prize in 2016, and the 67th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2017.

Message from the Artist

The other day I strolled from Lake Towada through Oirase Gorge. Massive boulders littered the valley floor, blocking the river and splitting waterfalls, torn from cliffs formed in an eruption over 200,000 years ago.

Trees and mushrooms grow among dense, bright green moss that covers the rocks. The rocks appear to stand still, but according to my guide, they have been in a constant state of motion, slowly rolling through the valley for hundreds of years. L ike a Rolling Stone played in super slow motion! Delicate bubbles form at places where enormous rocks resist the force of 5.2 tons of water rushing past every second.

Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance, held at the Towada Art Center, is my first solo exhibition at a museum.
In past works, I have channeled fluid states to produce artworks on movement and energy. Here I plan to make an all-new work with a particular focus on spirals and rotations, which, if we trace the history of modern art, have been the subjects of any number of artworks that include Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, and the sculptures of Tony Cragg.

I believe that creators must have thought about energy and movement in their modes of expression, many of which continue to roll on in the present day. I hope that this exhibition will be an exploration that contributes to this enduring discussion of energy and movement.



Yuko Mohri: Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance


Oct 27th, 2018 - Mar 24th, 2019


Towada Art Center

*Exhibits also to be held in downtown Towada.


9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)


except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday
*Closed December 25, 2018 through January 1, 2019 for year-end holidays


Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,200 yen
Exhibition only: 800 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free

Organized by

Towada Art Center

Financial Support by

Asahi Group Arts Foundation

Endorsed by

To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television
Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education

Curated by

Kodama Kanazawa


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Exhibition Highlights

1. Brand New Installation

The artist will implement an unprecedented methodology to the exhibition space to form a new installation in pursuit of her image of what she calls an “eternal movement.”

2. Mohri’s Debut of a Large-Scale Sculpture in Japan

Her large-scale, sound-based assemblage will be shown in Japan for the first time.

3. Witness Mohri’s Art in Practice

In addition to her improvised installation, video, and print works, she will go beyond the museum to exhibit in downtown Towada. Viewers can experience the artist’s thought process as they navigate not only the exhibition spaces but also the city streets.