A Museum in the Sky: the Mori Arts Museum – The Lone Wonderer

The Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is a 54 floors tower located in the Roppongi area. It takes its name from its builder Minoru Mori. At the 53rd floor of the 238 meters (781 feet) tall skyscrapper, you can find the Mori Museum, a Contemporary Arts Museum.

At the bottom of the tower, near the entrance you can find this spider statue, Maman, sculpted by Louise Bourgeois. It is one of the 9 copies of this exact same statue which are permanently exposed in different museums around the world.

There is an observation deck at the top of the building. You get a panoramic view of all Tokyo and yeah, that’s a pretty massive city.

This probably was my favorite piece of artwork in the whole museum. One will say it’s just 2 TV’s with some dudes speaking, but the concept is actually deeper than that. The man on the right is a rich investor who financed some massive projects to build bridges if my memory is correct. The man on the left is one of the many laborers affected to the site’s construction. They were both talking about their work, their lifes, and obviously, both speeches were totally different. How they live, how they dress, how they talk…In the whole interviews, there is only one thing they have in common, something they both said when they were talking about the bridge they built: “I built that”. So who is right? Who is wrong? I reckon the point of this artwork was just to tell, you will always be right according to your own point of view, while someone else who is right too will always be wrong to you. At least that’s my interpretation, and I am sure I am right about it!

Some more pieces of artwork you can find in the museum. I like the one of the left. It is just an idea from the artist. Then all the visitors throwing stones on the pillars are the artist and they all take part to the artwork. My contribution to this one is the black stone on the middle of the picture.

This museum is small, you are definitely not gonna spend as much time as you would in Edo-Tokyo or the Tokyo National Museum. So maybe you can take more of your time to enjoy these pieces of artwork? 

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