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  Collection Exhibition
gColor, Shape, Sound : Works of Taro Okamotoh
 
  Thursday, July 10 - Sunday, October 5, 2014  
 
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senshi climat
kanki
     
  Gradiator
1962
Oil on canvas
 
  Climat
1951
Oil on canvas
 
  Temple Bell - Rejoicing
1965
Bronze
 
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<> Period : Thursday, July 10 - Sunday, October 5, 2014
  Admission : From July 10 to July 18:
@@Adult 500yeni400yenj, Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 300yeni240yenj,
@@Children [15 and under] Free
@@( ) parentheses indicate group discount rates
From July 19 to October 5:
@@Adult 800yeni640yenj, Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 600yeni480yenj,
@@Children [15 and under] Free
@@( ) parenthesis indicate group discount rates
@@The fee is in a set with Current Exhibition
  Closed : Mondays (except July 21 and September 15), July 22 and September 16, 24
  Organizer : Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
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  Current Exhibition
gTaro Okamoto et LfArt Bruth
 
  Saturday, July 19 - Sunday, October 5, 2014  
 
In 1950, Taro Okamoto authored a book titled Avant-garde (Japanese publisher: Bijutsu Shuppan-sha). In the book, Okamoto introduces the Western avant-garde art of the time, along with photos and illustrations as well as historical background on the origin of avant-garde art. In addition, Okamoto displays the works of P. Picasso, M. Ernst and P. Klee alongside the artwork of children, African masks and statues, and the artwork of people with mental illnesses, making statements questioning the nature of the expressions.

gTheir expressions cannot possibly be thought of based on the judgment of the normal society, and contains tremendous intensity. It makes it all the more an extraordinary charm that takes us back to our most fundamental emotions.h (Avant-garde, p100)

It was these thought provoking words by Okamoto in the Avant-garde that had a great influence on the artists of the younger generation at the time.

And it was not just with this book. Okamoto, as a forerunner of avant-garde art in post-war Japan, was active in many fields. He created piece after piece, and made appearances in many magazines and media, expressing and writing his unique theory of art and purpose of life. Okamotofs various activities, which crossed genres, asked fundamental questions such as what is art?, what is the natural way of life of humans?. Perhaps these questions are still being cast at us today. Okamotofs questions are also flowing consistently through this book, written in the early years.

Incidentally, the phrase LfArt Brut in the title of this exhibition was coined in the 1940s by French artist Jean Dubuffet. gBruth means gliveh, grawh, and LfArt Brut is an expression that describes the artworks and artists who have created their own worlds with their unique expressions, even if they have not received any professional art training. Perhaps this LfArt Brut stream of thought was also something that tied into Okamotofs fundamental questions.

This exhibition, titled Taro Okamoto et L'Art Brut: Into the Horizon of Raw Art, will introduce artworks by people who hold a variety of expressive worlds.

 
 
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non tingatinga
makoot
     
  Taro OkamotoNon
1970
F.R.P.
 
  Tinga TingasNo titlet
Production year unknown
Acrylic paint, canvas
 
  Makoto Okawamakoot
2007
Wool
 
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<> Period : Saturday, July 19 - Sunday, October 5, 2014
  Admission : Adult 800yeni640yenj, Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 600yeni480yenj,
Children [15 and under] Free
( ) parentheses indicate group discount rates
The fee is in a set with Collection Exhibition
  Closed : Mondays (except July 21 and September 15), July 22 and September 16, 24
  Organizer : Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
  Cooperator : Petit Hall YAMABOSHI, NPO Art Resources Development Association, art de vivre, CORNERS, ATELIER YAMANAMI, KOBO SHU, Nihon Rikagaku Industry co.,ltd.
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