Biography

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Mariko Mori is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her practice explores universal questions at the intersection of life, death, reality and technology. Her works has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. Mori gained recognition for her interactive installation, Wave UFO, which debuted at Kunsthaus Bregenz, in Bregenz (Austria) in 2003. The installation was subsequently shown in New York (USA) with Public Art Fund, Genoa (Italy), and was included in the 2005 Venice Biennale (Italy). It was also featured in “Oneness”, a survey of Mori’s work that opened at the Groninger Museum (Netherlands), then traveled to the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, in Aarhus (Denmark), the PinchukArtCentre, in Kyiv (Ukraine). Oneness was also exhibited at Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, in Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (Brazil) in 2011.

Mori’s recent large sculpture includes Sun Pillar (2011). This sculpture was the very first installation realized for the project of Faou Foundation in the Continent of Asia in Miyako Island of Okinawa in Japan with the mission to bring attention to Earth-consciouness. Faou Foundation was founded by Mori in 2010 as an educational and cultural non-profit organization to dedicate a series of harmonious, site-specific permanent art installations to honor the nature of six habitable continents. The upcoming Faou Foundation permanent installation entitled Ring will be installed over a beautiful waterfall at Visconde Mauá, in the city of Resende, not far from Rio de Janerio, Brazil in 2016.

Mori’s solo exhibitions have been exhibited throughout the world, including Royal Academy of Arts, in London (United Kingdom), Japan Society, in New York (USA), Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo (Japan), The Museum of Contemporary Art, in Tokyo (Japan); The Brooklyn Museum of Art, in New York (USA); The Museum of Contemporary Art, in Chicago (USA); The Serpentine Gallery, in London (England); The Dallas Museum of Art, in Dallas (USA). Several renowned museums have presented Mori’s solo exhibitions, as well as acquired Mori’s works in their collections, including Centre Georges Pompidou, in Paris (France); The Prada Foundation, in Milan (Italy); The Museum of Contemporary Art, in Chicago (USA); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles (USA). The PinchukArtCentre, in Kyiv (Ukraine); The ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, in Aarhus (Denmark), The Guggenheim Museum, in New York (USA);The Israel Museum, in Jerusalem (Israel); The Museum of Modern Art, in New York (USA) have Mori’s works in collection.

Mori has received various awards, including the prestigious Menzione d’onore at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997 (for “Nirvana”) and the 8th Annual Award as a promising Artist and Scholar in the Field of Contemporary Japanese Art in 2001 from Japan Cultural Arts Foundation.

Mariko Mori lives in London, New York and Tokyo.

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Videos

Brilliant Ideas: Mariko Mori, Aug. 17, 2015

The Artist Project: Mariko Mori, Jun. 22, 2015

artnet: Artist Interview: Mariko Mori, Nov. 15, 2013

Blouin ArtInfo: "Journey to Seven Light Bay" by Mariko Mori, Mar. 22, 2012

Sculpting Existence | Mariko Mori's "Infinite Renew", Nov. 19, 2013 

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