Vik Muniz / Collateral Talk Event:

Vik Muniz / Collateral Talk Event:
Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo | Auditório da Embaixada / Tokyo

Press Release

Vik Muniz Solo Show- Collateral Talk Event
Vix Muniz X Daisuke Miyatsu

■Event info
Venue: Auditorium of the Embassy of Brazil
B1F, 2-11-12 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Date: 4.26 (Wed.) 18:00 – 19:30
Limited capacity (50)
Supported by: Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo
Free admission
Online registration

nca | nichido contemporary art and the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo are pleased to present a talk event with Brazilian artist Vik Muniz on occasion of the artist’s solo show Gibi (4.14 – 6.3) currently on view at the gallery, and Professor Daisuke Miyatsu, author of the press release of the exhibition.
Touching upon the artist’s practice so far, the talk will investigate from different perspectives the historical background and societal meaning behind Muniz’s new body of works, Gibi, presented on occasion of his namesake solo show at the gallery, where, using Disney’s vintage comics, gathered from different countries, he recreates scenes from Mickey Mouse’s and other characters’ adventures.

Vik Muniz (born in São Paulo, 1961) is a prolific, internationally recognized artist, whose signature style appropriates and reinterprets iconic images of our time. Since early in his career Vik has had solo exhibitions in major American and international organizations, such as the ICP, NY, his first major solo exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Moscow House of Photography; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Mauritshuis Museum, the Hague; The Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai; Belvedere Museum, Vienna, among others. Vik has been a guest speaker at Harvard, Yale, TED Talks, the World Economic Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Princeton University, among others. His has written a book: Reflex: A Vik Muniz Primer (Aperture, 2005. Waste Land, a documentary about his work in the favelas and landfills around Rio de Janeiro, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010.
Vik is also involved in educational and social projects in Brazil and the US and has consistently contributed to many humanitarian campaigns, more recently Humans Right Watch, Imazon, a small Brazilian non-profit dedicated to conserving the Amazon rainforest., among others.

Daisuke Miyatsu (born in Tokyo, 1963)
Art collector, Professor at Yokohama University of Art and Design, Board member of Mori Art Museum.
PhD, graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Graduate School of Global Arts, Department of Art Studies and Curatorial Practices. After a career in advertisement, PR and human resources, Miyatsu officially switched to teaching in 2017. As the third president of Yokohama University of Art and Design he promoted reforms and contributed to the university’s v-shaped recovery during the COVID19 pandemic.
In addition, Miyatsu has been breathing new life into the contemporary art scene through his contribution to existing art events, Kinan Art Week 2021, for instance, and Fukuoka Art Next 2022 which he joined as artistic director for its first edition. Miyatsu is a worldwide known art collector and his collection has gained considerable attention thanks to its being showcased at several art venues, such as, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan), on occasion of the collection show Invisibleness is Visibleness (2011), and more recently Fukuoka Asian Art Museum for the exhibition Emotional Asia (2022) held through a unique collaboration with the museum.
Miyatsu’s versatile activity incudes writing - among his publications How will Covid19 change art? (2022/ Kobunsha Ltd.) and Contemporary Art Economics II: Art in the Age of Depletion of Oil, AI, and Virtual Currency (Wates) - and collaborations as co-editor and speaker.

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