When you decide to go to the restroom on the second floor of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, strange objects stand in the way. A strange object in the shape of a human figure stands facing out the window, facing a similar human-shaped object standing outside the window. Although it is located outside the exhibition room, this is a work of art. It is a work titled "Reflection" by Antony Gormley, a British sculptor. However, I think it has been handled in a crude manner. Many people would not even realize it was here unless they noticed it on their way to the restroom.
Gormley, who believes that the human body is a "place" of memory and change, uses his own body as a model for his works. The two sculptures at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, were also modeled on his own body. If this is the case, then the sculptures facing each other across the window glass are both Gormley's alter egos, staring at the viewer's very selves. Is it because he is admiring his own beauty or because he, like Medusa, has the magical power to make those who see him stiffen with fear?
|Nov 2022 STILL LIFE TOKYO|
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November 18, 2022
Kitanomaru Park, Tokyo
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