Monday, October 13, 2008

Well spotted

We were in the area, we were tired, and so we sat down to watch some extreme curation. Outside the Ueno Royal Museum what looked to be a curator, a head of department and a curatorial assistant were directing a team of freight packers to place a sculpture by Yayoi Kusama. (while we were in Tokyo we saw over ten large works by this artist – she is the Louise Bourgeois of Japan).

The installation process took a couple of hours and required a large number of minute adjustments. One of the final tasks was to mark the placement of each piece with small bits of gaffer tape, so we assume they were taken indoors each night, followed by, what was we assume again, the curatorial assistant, giving the works a good going over with a wet cloth. You can catch the movie of the post on OTN Stuff.