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Ryuichi Sakamoto:
SOUND AND TIME


With collaborative works by Shiro Takatani | Daito Manabe | Zakkubalan |
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Curated by Sachiko Namba and Victor Wang
M WOODS (People’s Park), Chengdu
30 July, 2023 - 5 January, 2024


Installation view,  Sensing Streams 2023 – invisible, inaudible, 2023, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Daito Manabe, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023, Image courtesy of M WOODS
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We are pleased to announce pioneering Japanese composer and artist Ryuichi Sakamoto’s solo show “SOUND AND TIME” as the inaugural exhibition of the newly founded M WOODS (People’s Park), Chengdu. Two years after the debut of Sakamoto’s artwork in China at M WOODS (Hutong), Beijing, “SOUND AND TIME” evolved and developed out of the previous iteration, serving as a large-scale retrospective that comprehensively presents Sakamoto’s artistic career in both an experiential and rhetorical sense.

During his more than 50 years of artistic career, Sakamoto continues to defy conventional boundaries between different disciplines and modes of artistic expression, radically transforming the way we think about creative practice and the potential of art. Rather than a linear chronological overview, the exhibition, not unlike his works, weaves together a diverse network that combines and connects different times and spaces.

The exhibition will focus on eight large-scale sound installations made in collaboration with fellow celebrated artists, among which a new outdoor site-specific installation made specifically for this exhibition will be shown for the first time.



Installation view, IS YOUR TIME, 2017/2023, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023, Image courtesy of M WOODS


About the artist:

Ryuichi Sakamoto was a composer, producer, artist, and environmental activist born in Tokyo. Making his debut in 1978 with the album Thousand Knives, Sakamoto's diverse résumé includes pioneering electronic works in the legendary techno group Yellow Magic Orchestra, producing globally-inspired pop albums and numerous classical compositions, two operas, and nearly 45 original film scores for directors, including Bernardo Bertolucci, Pedro Almodóvar, Brian De Palma, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. His film soundtracks have won prestigious awards, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and many more.

Sakamoto made considerable contributions to the art world with both solo and collaborative installations and multi-piece exhibitions presented in galleries and museums worldwide. Most recently, M WOODS, Beijing, presented the largest and most comprehensive collection spanning 30 years devoted to Sakamoto's artworks in various media, centering around 8 large-scale sound installations.

Premiering at the Holland Festival 2021, Sakamoto and longtime collaborator Shiro Takatani presented a new theater piece, TIME. TIME continues to tour the world, bringing the artist duo’s last collaboration to long-time and new fans alike.

On January 17th, 2023, his 71st birthday, Ryuichi released “12", his 15th solo album. The new album is a collection of 12 songs selected from musical sketches Sakamoto recorded like a sound diary during his two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer.

Ryuichi Sakamoto passed away in March 2023 at the age of 71.


Installation view, async – drowning , 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani,“Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS




Installation view, water state 1, 2013, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS




Installation view, LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… 2007/2023,Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS


Installation view, LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… 2007/2023,Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS


Installation view, LIFE – fluid, invisible, inaudible… 2007/2023,Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS




Installation view, async – volume, 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Zakkubalan, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS




Installation view, TIME-déluge,2023, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS.


Installation view, TIME-déluge,2023, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS.


Installation view, async – first light, 2017, Ryuichi Sakamoto + Apichatpong Weerasethakul, “Ryuichi Sakamoto | SOUND AND TIME,” M WOODS (People’s park), Chengdu, 2023. Image courtesy of M WOODS




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Ryuichi Sakamoto:
SOUND AND TIME


With collaborative works by Shiro Takatani | Daito Manabe | Zakkubalan | Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Head of Exhibition Program: Wanwan Lei
Curated by Sachiko Namba and Victor Wang 
Exhibition Director: Deng Yingying

Organized by:

M WOODS Museum

Co-organized by:
Kab Inc. / Kab America Inc.

Cooperated by:
dumb type office
Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]
SAPPORO CULTURAL ARTS COMMUNITY CENTER(Sapporo Cultural Arts Foundation)
PROCESSART INC.
Rhizomatiks
Commmons

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