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  1911 Born on February 26 in Kawasaki as eldest son of cartoonist Ippei Okamoto and poetess and novelist Kanoko.
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  1929 Enters the oil painting department of the Tokyo Fine Arts School. Accompanies his parents to Europe in December, and starts living in Paris in January of the following year.
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  1932 Electrified by paintings of Picasso into pursuing abstract arts.
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  1933 Becomes a member of the Abstraction-Creation group to associate with avant-garde artists until 1937, before he begins to pursue more concrete expression.
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  1938 Studies ethnology under Professor Marcel Mauss at the University of Paris. Exhibits Wounded Arm at the International Surrealist Exhibition in Paris.
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  1939 Associates with Georges Bataille and other thinkers around this time.
His mother Kanoko dies at the age of 49.
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  1940 Returns to Japan following the German invasion of France.
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  1941 Exhibits works produced while staying in Europe to the 28th Nika Exhibition held by Nika-kai(a group of anti-mainstream artists), and receives the Nika Prize.
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  1942 Sent to the Chinese front as a private and returns to Tokyo in 1946 to find all his works burned in an air raid.
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  1947 Begins to emphasize Taikyoku-ism (polarism) as the core of his artistic principle.
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  1948 Establishes Yoru-no-kai (the Night Society) with critic Kiyoteru Hanada and others to explore various themes to integrate avant-garde art and literature.
His father Ippei dies at the age of 62.
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  1949 Submits Heavy Industry to the 34th Nika Exhibition, and Law of the jungle to the 35th exhibition the following year.
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  1952 Publishes Thoughts on Jomon Earthenware in an art magazine Mizue, highlighting the beauty of the primitive artifacts in the prehistoric Jomon period.
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  1954 Submits work to the 27th Venice Biennale.
Moves the studio to Aoyama and establishes the Gendai Geijutsu Kenkyusyo (Institute of Esthetic Research).
Publishes Today's Art, which becomes a best-seller.
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  1956 Executes ceramic relief murals for the old Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.
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  1970 Serves as Theme Producer of the Expo '70 in Osaka, the first worlds' fair held in Asia, and builds the Tower of the Sun in the Symbol Zone.
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  1981 Holds a solo exhibition at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art.
Appears in commercial, popularizing the phrase:"Art is explosion."
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  1991 "Taro Okamoto-Outstanding Talent from Kawasaki" exhibition held at the Kawasaki City Museum.
Donates principal works to Kawasaki City in December.
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  1993 Becomes an honorary citizen of Kawasaki City.
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  1996 Dies of acute respiratory dysfunction on January 7.
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