An Awe-Inspiring Salt Creation at the Monterey Museum of Art

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Image: Motoi Yamamoto, Forest of Beyond, salt, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan 2011. Photo: Makoto Morisawa. Courtesy of the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston School of the Arts.


This summer, adults and children of all ages are invited to visit the Monterey Museum of Art to view an interpretation of the awe-inspiring creatures in the rare form of salt installations in the Return to the Sea, Saltworks exhibit by Motoi Yamamoto.

 Starting on June 5th at 11am, the Museum invites the public for the rare opportunity to view the internationally acclaimed Japanese contemporary artist, Motoi Yamamoto in action as he begins to cover the entire gallery floor in salt for his site-specific installation. During Mr. Yamamoto’s summer residency at the Monterey Museum of Art – Pacific Street location, the public will have an opportunity to view this distinctive art form in action, interact with the artist and wander through the series of drawings and photography that accompanies his exhibit. With the opening of the exhibit, Yamamoto will begins his elaborate designs, which will conclude on August 25th with another important interactive experience for visitors to participate in the dismantling of the salt artwork.

Residing from Hiroshima, Japan, Yamamoto uses salt, one of the Earth’s oldest and most sought-after mineral elements, to create these elaborate words. Traditionally used as a symbol for purification and mourning in Japanese culture, the Yamamoto’s use of salt emanates from a powerful personal experience in working through the death of his sister. His artwork is rooted in themes of life, death, and rebirth, and his process with salt has helped him cleanse his grief.

 The Monterey Museum of Art aspires to be a premier visitor destination of the evolving California artistic legacy and expands a passion for the visual arts. With two locations in Monterey, the Return to the Sea exhibit will be located at its Pacific Street location, an inviting, three-story landmark located across from the historic Colon Hall in the heart of Old Monterey. The Museum features eight galleries devoted to exhibitions of American and early California painting, photography and contemporary art.  An art reference library offers a quiet space to read and research and a gift shop includes creative and unusual cards, jewelry and a fine selection of books about your favorite period of art or artist and more.



Monterey Museum of Art-Pacific Street
559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

COST: Members free, $10 Non-members


Exhibition schedule:

June 5-13, 11 am: Open to the public during regular museum hours.
Come observe and interact with the artist during the process of his installation.

June 13, 6:30-8:00 pm: Opening Reception. Members Free Preview. $10 Non-members
Celebrate the completion of the installation and meet the artist.

August 25, 1-2 pm: Closing Community Ceremony, Return to the Sea
Come gather together in the galleries for a unique participatory experience to wipe away the installation and return the salt to the sea.

2 pm: Community walk from the MMA-Pacific Street to the Monterey Commercial Pier (Municipal Wharf II)


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