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‘We Can Make Another Future’
Sep 2014 - Sep 2015

Works by Yasumasa Morimura, Masami Teraoka and Takashi Murakami installed for ‘We Can Make Another Future’ at GOMA, December 2014 / © The artists / Photograph: M Sherwood, QAGOMA

We Can Make Another Future: Japanese Art After 1989’ surveys the art of Heisei, the current era in the Japanese imperial calendar, through 100 works by over 40 contemporary Japanese artists.

Increasingly cosmopolitan in character and operating with an unprecedented level of international mobility, the art of this period offers a sophisticated reflection on the social conditions behind art’s production in Japan.

Beginning in 1989, Heisei has seen significant challenges for Japan, but it has also been the period of ‘Cool Japan’, with widespread international interest in Japan’s contemporary cultural production. As well as 25 years of Heisei, this also marks 25 years of the Gallery’s public engagement with the contemporary art of Japan.


‘We Can Make Another Future’ profiles several overlapping themes for this fascinating period in Japanese art. The exhibition explores the emergence of the digital sublime; responses to the rich field of consumer culture and new technologies of representation and communication; and critiques of national and sexual identity through figuration and performance.

‘We Can Make Another Future: Japanese Art After 1989’ was on display in GOMA’s Gallery 3.1 and 3.2 from 6 September 2014 to 20 September 2015. The exhibition catalogue is available at the QAGOMA Store.

Feature image: Works by (l–r) Yasumasa Morimura, Masami Teraoka (© The artists) and Takashi Murakami (© Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki) installed for ‘We Can Make Another Future’, GOMA, December 2014 / Collection: QAGOMA / Photograph: M Sherwood, QAGOMA

Collection artworks featured in ‘We Can Make Another Future’

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