Man Ray at National Art Center Tokyo (Japan)

Man Ray: Unconcerned But Not Indifferent
National Art Center Tokyo
July 14 – September 13, 2010

Unconcerned But Not Indifferent presents more than 400 works from the collection of the Man Ray Trust. Although individual items have occasionally been loaned for major exhibitions, the full scope of the Trust’s collection, in an exhibition that focuses on its rarities, has never before been publicly presented.
Following the death of Man Ray in 1976, the artist’s estate was left in the hands of his wife, Juliet Man Ray, who, together with her brothers, formed the Man Ray Trust to oversee and care for it. A part of the estate was transferred to the French National Museums and is housed by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, while for its American collection the Trust selected a comprehensive overview, representing more than sixty years of Man Ray’s creative life.
By placing his artwork in relation to the objects and images from which he drew inspiration, the exhibition attempts to create a distinctive context for the experience and appreciation of Man Ray’s extraordinary wide-ranging creative production. Moreover, by presenting unfamiliar and little-known objects and documents in relation to the artist’s well known works, as well as a selection of invaluable source material, it was the curator’s objective to provide audiences with a broader knowledge of the art of Man Ray, as well as a deeper insight into his life, his thinking, and his creative working process.

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