Hiroshi Sugimoto-Daniel Libeskind: The Conversation

The Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) celebrates the upcoming opening of the Hiroshi Sugimoto: History of History exhibition in its new gallery in the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, with an extraordinary converstation between artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and architect Daniel Libeskind. This remarkable evening features a discussion between internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto and Daniel Libeskind, architect of the Museums expansion and restoration project.

Moderated by ROM Director and CEO William Thorsell, the free event (reserved seating only) takes place on Thursday, May 31, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Signy and Clophe Eaton Theatre. It is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from two of the most influential leaders in the fields of contemporary art and architecture.

The focus of the conversation is architecture and photography, two areas in which Sugimoto andLibeskind have extensive experience and interest. Sugimoto was inspired by Daniel Libeskind’s architecture and reconfigured his exhibition History of History to create an entirely new installation for the ICC, including an impressive 15 foot-high, 90-foot-long wall that curves majestically through the gallery space. Sugimoto has said that he is “reconstructing Daniel Libeskind’s deconstructed space” and his monolith is “in conversation” with Libeskind’s architecture. The 6,300-square-foot gallerys sloping walls and ceilings reaching 35 feet create a dramatic setting for Sugimotos installation.

Also on Thursday, May 31st, the ICC will host a ticketed fundraising event to unveil the History of History exhibition. Guests of this special event will attend Hiroshi Sugimoto-Daniel Libeskind: The Conversation and then be the first to view the exhibition before its public opening on June 2, 2007. Please note that tickets are limited. Visit www.rom.on.ca/about/icc for more details. Reserved seating for the Sugimoto-Libeskind Conversation is also limited; e-mail icc@rom.on.ca or call 416.586.5524 for more details.