—Daido Moriyama: White and Vinegar
Tokyo’s Impossible Project Space is hosting a collection of 42 monochrome photographs by the renowned Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. The Impossible Project is the Netherlands-based team that has been championing the preservation of instant film such as Polaroid since 2008. Moriyama once stated that in a world without film and chemicals, he would mix egg-white and vinegar in the sun to create photographs. It must have stirred the imagination of those behind the Impossible Project, as his new abstract series was shot using Impossible Project’s new generation film and is also available in a book of the same name.
Impossible Project Space Tokyo, 2F Oak Bld, 1-20-5 Aobadai, Meguro. Until 27 January.
—MoMA Tim Burton Exhibition at Seoul Museum of Art
The Seoul Museum of Art is the final stop of the Tim Burton Exhibition that first originated at MoMA New York and has now toured locations such as London, Paris and Los Angeles. It showcases 862 of Burton and his collaborators’ works including sketches, paintings, film-clips, sculptures, music and costumes from his prolific film career. The three-part exhibition covers Burton’s childhood years, his early career at Disney and his most dynamic period from 1985 onwards in which he established his dark and quirky style. Films such as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice and Wonderland all have the Burton signature touch. But we recommend 1994’s Ed Wood, Burton’s ode to a 1950s filmmaker just as unusual as he is.
Seoul Museum of Art, 37 Seosomun-dong, Jung-gu. Until 14 April.
ART: HONG KONG
—Takashi Murakami: Flowers & Skulls
This is the first exhibition in Hong Kong for Japanese artist Murakami, famous for his pop and manga-influenced style. Murakami’s work explores the overlapping emotions found in both joy and terror through the recurring motifs of smiling flowers and morbid skulls. Constantly blurring the lines between tradition and modernity, east and west and high art and commercialism, Murakami’s art summons a sense of both “kawaii” (Japan’s love of “cute” imagery) and satirical messages hidden with in it.
Gagosian Gallery, 7F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central. Until 9 February.
ART: NEW YORK
—Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925
Abstract expression has been with us since the beginning of time, yet it was only around a century ago that abstract artists began to be recognised as presenting meaningful works to the public. To celebrate, the Museum of Modern Art has put together the new Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925 exhibition. It presents over 350 pieces, from paintings to sound poems, and from non-narrative dance to sculptures, to explore abstraction as both a historical idea and an artistic practice. Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Robert Delaunay and Marcel Duchamp are a few of the artists featured in the exhibition, which promises to show many important works not commonly seen in the US.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street. Holiday opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9.30-17.30, Friday 9.30-20.00. Until 23 April.
—Steve Driscoll: North Swallow
Inspired by a 26-state road trip around the US, Canadian-born painter Steve Driscoll re-envisions the landscapes of his native Ontario. The large-scale contemporary paintings employ a vivid palette while the expressionistic style is achieved through the artist’s innovative use of urethane-based paint poured from above to add texture and life to the paintings. Many of these works capture an animated sense of the wild yet bring a chemical modernity to the scene. Opened in spring 1996, the Angell Gallery supports an international roster of emerging artists.
Angell Gallery, 12 Ossington Avenue. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, 12.00-17.00. Until 12 January.