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For more than 20 years since his debut in the early 1990s\, Aida Makoto has brought a critical perspective to such subjects as Japan\, the United States\, history\, tradition\, manga\, war\, salarymen\, pretty young girls\, art\, and education system\, touching upon contradictions in Japanese society\, politics and economics during the period of modernizatio n in the Meiji and subsequent periods followed by the rapid economic growth after the Second World War\, as well as mass culture and the system surrou nding visual art practice that emerged in the wake of these changes. In the course of his practice\, Aida has often overturned the accepted wisdom\, a ttitudes and customs that have been collectively and unconsciously shared b y Japanese society\, and graphically laid bare its taboos\, complexities\, real intentions and contradictions. For this reason\, Aida has trodden a pa th all of his own\, producing artwork that induces in viewers intense feeli ngs of both discomfort and exhilaration.

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Compared to other artists of his generation\, critical response to Aida's artworks has been consisten tly favorable. He also continues to garner high levels of respect from the generation of artists below him. And yet he has never held a large-scale so lo exhibition at a museum. In this show\, we will present the entirety of h is creative output. Through his artworks\, Aida identifies and then places before us all manner of peculiarities within contemporary Japanese society ? social taboos\, emasculated traditions and the coexistence of art and mas s culture. To confront such issues through Aida's practice is one of the th ings needed most as we think about the future of this nation today.

DTEND:20130331 DTSTAMP:20140921T002623 DTSTART:20121117 GEO:35.6641222;139.729426 LOCATION:Mori Art Museum\,Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (53F) 6-10-1 Roppongi\, Minato-Ku\nTokyo\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Monument for Nothing\, Aida Makoto UID:242235 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121117T220000 DTSTAMP:20140921T002623 DTSTART:20121117T100000 GEO:35.6641222;139.729426 LOCATION:Mori Art Museum\,Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (53F) 6-10-1 Roppongi\, Minato-Ku\nTokyo\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Monument for Nothing\, Aida Makoto UID:242236 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR