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Taro Shinoda, Lunar Reflection
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (USA)

05.11.2009 - 31.01.2010

07.09 - 25.11.2012

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Press release

The art of Taro Shinoda engages themes of science, philosophy, and desire, and investigates our place in the universe. As he reflects on philosophical considerations of contemporary life he is thinking about how we might better function as a society.

During his month-long stay at the Gardner Museum in the spring of 2007, Taro Shinoda was inspired by the moonlight and the sense of calm that reigns at night in the museum courtyard to develop his Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique. The project was rooted in the artist's early chilhood memories of trying to communicate with his mother over great distances, entrusting messages to the moon, wich he hoped his mother would receive on the other side of the planet when the moon rose to her.

For this project, Taro Shinoda constructed an astronomical telescope out of corrugated cardboard and attached a video camera to it ; with this instrument he filmed the moon from different parts of the world, including Istanbul, Limerick, Tokyo and Boston.

Taro Shinoda : Lunar reflections will include an engawa a Japanese viewing platform that traditionally separates the domestic space from the garden, an enchanted space. From this vantage point, visitors may sit and meditate on their place in the universe as they watch Shinoda's extraordinary films of the moon and mysterious nocturnal cityscapes.


Exhibition 5 November 2009 - 31 January 2010. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway - Boston, Ma, USA. Tue - sat 2pm - 7pm.

Taro Shinoda, Lunar Reflection, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

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Taro Shinoda, Drawing of Lunar Reflection Transmission Technique #2, 2007