The universe has been a great mystery, and the object of worship and study throughout human history. Myriad mythologies and religious worldviews have depicted the universe in terms of their own cosmic schemes, while dreams of what lies beyond our own world have spawned innumerable stories: one noteworthy example being Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) , Japan's oldest extant piece of narrative prose, which depicts the interaction between human beings and the moon maiden Princess Kaguya.
The exhibition begins by asking "How have humans through the ages viewed the universe?" and go on to examine our latest images of the universe based on modern science, plus space travel and the possibility of extraterrestrial life, presenting a variety of masterpieces and other material including famous cosmologies from times and locations across the globe; valuable astronomical material, and contemporary art representations of a multidimensional, wonder-filled cosmos. Where did we come from, and where are we going?
Artists whose works are on view:
Jia Aili, Vija Celmins, Björn Dahlem, Jules de Balincourt, Vincent Fournier, Laurent Grasso, Maria Gruzdeva, Andreas Gursky, Sorayama Hajime, Sugimoto Hiroshi, Nomura Hitoshi, Pierre Huyghe, Mukaiyama Kisho, Kitawaki Noboru, Trevor Paglen, Patricia Piccinini, Tom Sachs, Semiconductor, Conrad Shawcross, Osaka Takuro, Teamlab, Wolfgang Tillmans, Maeda Yukinori
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