Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing Exhibit

There is so much to say about Leandro Erlich's exhibition but no amount of words could capture the magnificence of his artistry. It is art installation at its finest... interactive and deeply moving.

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Art, in the general sense of the word, can be quite intimidating. And when you become more specific like say, art installation, that's when the level of intimidation goes up a notch higher (maybe 3 notches higher). The daunting task of making people appreciate and see the world differently through craftsmanship is what Argentinian artist, Leandro Erlich successfully conquered in his exhibit aptly titled, "Seeing and Believing" at the Mori Art Museum

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When you navigate the work of Leandro Erlich it does feel like he wants you to look at yourself not a different light but think more deeply about your life; the world and its meaning. This is certainly true with the "Changing Rooms." Here the artist created a labyrinth fitting room where moving from corner to corner in space of infinity mirrors inspires you to distinguish your true authentic self from the pretensions and expectations of the public. 

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In his masterpiece, "The Classroom", which was commissioned especially for the Mori Art Museum exhibit, Leandro presents a run-down classroom separated by a glass which upon viewing would make you feel as if you're a spirit in this isolated space. Not much has been said about this specific piece except for the fact that this is a scenario where migration from rural areas is of great number and there are not enough newborns to sustain a region. Perhaps this is a glimpse to a first world future.

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The highlight of the exhibit is the, "Building", a massive installation that includes a facade of a Victorian terraces lying faceup with a mirror positioned over it. Lying on it mimics how it might look like if one could defy gravity. 

There is so much to say about Leandro Erlich's exhibition but no amount of words could capture the magnificence of his artistry. It is art installation at its finest... interactive and deeply moving. 


Note: The exhibit runs from November 11, 2017 until April 1, 2018 at the Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills.