Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Art Gallery of WA gets Mariko Mori exclusive

    5/02/2015 12:00 AM
    • International artist Mariko Mori arrives in WA for the opening of Rebirth
    • First and only solo exhibition of artist's work in Australia
    • Free exhibition as part of the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival

    West Australians will have the exclusive opportunity to see the work of internationally acclaimed artist Mariko Mori when the Japanese multi-media artist visits the Art Gallery of WA this weekend.


    Her works explore the cycle of life through installations, glowing LED sculptures, photographs, drawings and videos and are on display at the gallery until June 29, 2015.


    The exhibition travels to Perth as part of the Perth International Arts Festival 2015 Visual Arts Program after showings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Japan Society Gallery in New York. 


    Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said a partnership between the Art Gallery of WA and Perth Festival had been able to secure the only Australian viewing of Rebirth.


    "Hosting Mariko Mori: Rebirth is a real coup for the State.  It presents a great opportunity for Western Australian audiences and visitors to experience the works of an internationally significant and contemporary artist on home soil," Mr Day said.


    "The Perth Cultural Centre is currently a hive of activity with the 2015 Fringe World Festival currently under way and Perth Festival opening soon. This show goes a step further to enhancing Perth's already strong cultural vibrancy.


    "I am confident audiences will be inspired by this immersive and thoughtful exhibition." 


    Mariko Mori: Rebirth opens this weekend with a special performance by the artist of her work Oneness.  There is an artist talk with Mariko Mori and Art Gallery of WA director Dr Stefano Carboni at 2pm Sunday, February 8. 


           Fact File

    • The free exhibition is on display at the Art Gallery from February 8 to June 29, 2015
    • Opening night celebration and artist performance, 8-10pm, Saturday, February 7 (ticketed)
    • Artist talk, 2-3pm, Sunday February 8 at the State Library Theatre (ticketed)
    • For more information, visit http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/index.asp

    Minister's office - 6552 6200