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  Collection Exhibition
“Continuous Struggles─Taro Okamoto and the Jomon spirit”
 
  Thursday, April 10 - Sunday, July 6, 2014  
 
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jomondoki senju
taiyounotou
     
  ≪Bowl of Jomon period≫
1956
Gelatin silver print
 
  ≪Thousand Hands≫
1965
Oil on canvas
 
  ≪Tower of the Sun≫
1964
F.R.P.
 
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<空> Period : Thursday, April 10 - Sunday, July 6, 2014
  Admission : From April 10 to April 18:
  Adult 500yen(400yen), Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 300yen(240yen),
  Children [15 and under] Free
  *( ) parentheses indicate group discount rates
From April 19 to July 6:
  Adult 900yen(720yen), Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 700yen(560yen),
  Children [15 and under] Free
  *( ) parenthesis indicate group discount rates
  *The fee is in a set with Current Exhibition
  Closed : Mondays (except May 5), April 30 and May 7
  Organizer : Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
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  Current Exhibition
“Taro Okamoto: Potential Images”
 
  Saturday, April 19 - Sunday, July 6, 2014  
 
When creating an artwork, Taro Okamoto usually followed the ordinary steps: he drew a rough sketch on paper with pencil or ink based on his initial image, made an esquisse or a maquette, and then produced the artwork.

Okamoto said that he would begin to create an artpiece only after he got hold of a clear image of the work by drawing rough sketches of the motif over and over again, and made an esquisse as a draft. The image abstracted and deformed through this process evolves into a universal image that contains diversified times with different expressions, which allows a certain scope of understanding for viewers. As a result, viewers come to observe their own subconscious through his artworks. And a title is provided to an artwork by the artist within a range acceptable for understanding the artwork.

There are many works of Okamoto that use the double image technique, where the piece as a whole makes up a face based on the image of the motif. It is considered that Okamoto acquired such style of expression through his activities in Paris, where he stayed from 1930 to 1940, before World War II.

During his stay in Paris, Okamoto associated with many artists other than those who were Japanese, such as André Breton, Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky, André Masson, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, and Brassï. In 1933, through the introduction of Hans Arp and Auguste Herbin, Okamoto joined the avant-garde group, “Abstraction-Création”, as the youngest artist.

Abstraction-Création was established in February 1931 in Paris by abstract painters and sculptors, and carried out activities for abstract art representative of the 1930s. It is said that, because Abstraction-Création opened its doors widely to non-figurative artists and its organization was moderate, the members of the group had a variety of international backgrounds and the numbers reached some hundred members. The group issued the yearbook “Abstraction-Création: Art Non-Figuratif” from 1932 to 1936. It also held exhibitions with its members.

The activities of the members of Abstraction-Création are considered to counteract Surrealism, which advocated dreams and irrationality. The group is considered as an abstract art group that was established on the basis of science and technology, as well as a group that tried to amalgamate these opposing views. Abstraction-Création produced many works that were psychologically influenced, so in recent years it is also being introduced as a group that sought for artistic expression by utilizing “Potential Images”.

With “Potential Images” as the keyword, this exhibition introduces the works of Taro Okamoto together with Paul Cézanne, Odilon Redon, Pablo Picasso, André Masson, Man Ray and Brassï, as well as the art trends of Paris that had remained in Okamoto’s works.

 
 
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dengeki Cezanne
Redon
     
  ≪Thunder≫
1947
Gelatin silver print
 
  Paul Cézanne
≪Vacant Land through a Forest≫
1867
Oil on canvas
 
  Odilon Redon
≪Andromeda enchained≫
around 1905
Oil on canvas
 
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<空> Period : Saturday, April 19 - Sunday, July 6, 2014
  Admission : Adult 900yen(720yen), Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID] 700yen(560yen),
Children [15 and under] Free
*( ) parentheses indicate group discount rates
*The fee is in a set with Collection Exhibition
  Closed : Mondays (except May 5), April 30 and May 7
  Organizer : Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
  Cooperator : Shoei, inc
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