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Mariko Mori (born 1967, Japan) is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been acquired by museums and private collectors worldwide. Educated in Tokyo, London, and New York, Mori gained recognition for her interactive installation, WAVE UFO, which debuted at Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria in 2003. The installation subsequently was shown in New York and Genoa, and was included in the 2005 Venice Biennale. It was also featured in Oneness, a survey of Mori’s work that opened at the Groniger Museum, The Netherlands, then traveled to the Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark, and the Pinchuk Art Centre, Ukraine.

The artist’s current focus is on a world in which human beings are one with nature, where the rhythm of humanity moves in concert with that of the natural environment. This idea is reflected through themes of life, death, rebirth, and the universe. The projects that Mori is now developing attempt to rekindle this connection in our consciousness and to celebrate the existing balance in nature. Mori’s recent large sculptures include Tom Na Hiu (2006) and Plant Opal (2009), both of which contain elements that interact with their natural environments.

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

Mori lives and works in New York City.

Her works have been exhibited and collected worldwide, at such institutions as:

Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Dallas Museum of Art
Fondazione Prada, Milan
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Pinchuk Arts Centre, Kiev
Serpentine Gallery, London

Mori’s selected solo exhibition catalogues include:

Mariko Mori / Oneness / Aarhus, Denmark: Aros Aarhus Kunstmuseum, 2007
Mariko Mori / Wave UFO / Bregenz, Austria: Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2004
Mariko Mori / Pure Land / Tokyo: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2002
Mariko Mori / Dream Temple / Milan: Fondazione Prada, 1999
Mariko Mori / Esoteric Cosmos / Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 1999
Mariko Mori / Mariko Mori / Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998
Concentrations 30: Mariko Mori / Play with Me / Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1997
Mariko Mori / Grenoble: Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, 1996
Mariko Mori / Made in Japan / Tokyo: Shiseido Gallery, 1995

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