This material was published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibition of Mori Art Museum. As mentioned in the foreword by Yoshiko Mori and David Elliot, a concern with the connection between art and life lies in the centre of the museum’s programs. David Elliot's essay explains how ‘happiness’ is relevant to art, and how the exhibition was organized. Although the exhibition involves works from different regions, of diverse media, and from variety of periods, the most universal human aspiration called ‘happiness’ runs as a common thread. Artists’ biographies and notes on authors are available at the end.
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Why Happiness?: A Survival Guide - David ELLIOTT
Art and Happiness: A Parallel Story with the Odd Omission - Pier Luigi TAZZI
Happiness in Japanese Art: Jakuchu, Shohaku, Hakuin - Yuji YAMASHITA, 山下裕二
Asian Concepts of Happiness - Hajime OKAYAMA
Freedom, Utopia, and the Sublime - Sven-Olov WALLENSTEIN
The Mechanisms of Happiness: Desire, Iki, and Survival - Fumio NANJO, 南條史生
The Altar of Desire - John C. JAY
What Does Happiness Mean to You?: A Dialogue between Yayoi Kusama and David Elliott
Towards a Flexible Imagination: Transgression and Happiness in the Art of Yoko Ono & Yayoi Kusama - Midori MATSUI, 松井みどり
The End of the Empire - Simon NJAMI
Ah, Is This Not Happiness...?...: Chin Sheng-T'An and the Thirty Three Happy Moments - Daniel BIRNBAUM
Ritual Objects From India, Nepal and Southeast Asia - John SIUDMAK
Tibetan Buddhist Art and Harmony - Helmut NEUMANN
Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art + Life
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