Japanese musician Sakamoto Ryuichi’s first solo exhibition at Chinese art museum postponed after worker dies in accident


Photo of Sakamoto Ryuichi: VCG

The largest solo exhibition by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, who won multiple awards including Oscars and Grammys, was originally scheduled to open in a Chinese art museum on Monday, but the opening was postponed Sunday after the death of ‘a worker in an accident.

The exhibition was co-organized by Chinese and Japanese artists to present almost all of Sakamoto’s sound installation works on the Chinese mainland for the first time. In each exhibition hall, the musician and his collaborators created environments for visitors to experience and share music and sound, according to the exhibition introduction.

A new opening date has not yet been announced.

On Saturday, the official Sina Weibo account of the Beijing MWoods Art Museum released a statement about the “accident.”

The statement said the worker was in a machine room at the top of the museum building on Tuesday when part of the floor of the room gave way, knocking the man down two floors. Other staff on site called an emergency center, but responders were unable to save the worker.

According to images released by the media, the room was located on the roof of the museum, but a small part of it hung above the lip of the roof. It was this overhanging section that collapsed, causing the accident.

Museum owners said they have contacted the family of the deceased and working with them regarding compensation and how to help them, the article notes.

The musician also posted an article on the crash on Sina Weibo on Saturday, saying he was “extremely saddened by the fatal accident” at the museum.

“This incident was a great shock to me as I recovered from my illness,” Sakamoto wrote in English.

He expressed his condolences to the deceased and his family, and said he believed the museum’s response to the accident was sincere.

MWoods Art Museum in Beijing Photo: VCG

MWoods Art Museum in Beijing Photo: VCG

But hundreds of Chinese netizens commenting under the post said they disapproved of the musician’s shot, saying he should no longer cooperate with the museum.

“The exhibition has been postponed now instead of being canceled, but ticket buyers can get a refund on Damai [a Chinese ticketing platform]Wenyu, a Chinese fan of the musician who spoke to Damai customer service, told the Global Times on Monday.

The fan said many fans have requested that the exhibit change location.

“They believe the museum owners responded to the incident after a few days, which is late, and are simply trying to control public opinion. The museum’s problems could affect Sakamoto’s reputation among other Chinese netizens. he chooses to cooperate with the museum problem, ”she added.

Although the museum’s architectural design proved popular among young Chinese, many visitors to the museum questioned its safety long before the accident.


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