“Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki 1999-2018”
Period October 26 , 2019 to January 13 , 2020
Period :October 26 ,2019 to January 13 , 2020
Admission : Adult 1000yen（800yen）, Students and Seniors [65 and over, with ID800yen（640yen）,
＊Children [15 and under] Free
＊( ) parenthesis indicate group discount rates
Closed : Mondays(If Monday is a holiday, then next weekday),the day after national
holidays,December 29 – January 3
Over the course of his life, Taro Okamoto donated as much as 2000 major works to Kawasaki City. In October 1999, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art,Kawasaki officially opened, and this year marks its 20th anniversary.
Since its inception, the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art,Kwasaki has held exhibitions with themes such as “Honoring Taro Okamoto through Appreciation for his Art”, “Taro Okamoto’s Exchanges with Fellow Artists and His Era”, and “The Relationship between Art and Society” “Support for artists who will inspire the next generation “as special exhibitions. In total, this has amounted to over 60 exhibitions over a 20-year period.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the museum, this exhibition will showcase sample displays of works and documents that symbolize/represent Taro Okamoto’s art from past displays allowing us to look back on the museum’s history.
The exhibition will, furthermore, be held at two separate time periods – the first exhibition and the second exhibition.
For the second exhibition, we will showcase art work from previous exhibitions that primarily focus on the “Connection between art and society”, “Support for artists who will inspire the next generation”, and “Taro Okamoto’s fellow artists and their generation”.
For the “Connection between art and society” section, we will present an exhibition with motifs of everyday life for Japanese people such as earthquakes (an issue inherent to life in Japan) food, railways, etc. or films and television characters such as Godzilla and Ultraman. This exhibition will highlight the connections between art and these societal phenomenon that would otherwise normally be thought of as unrelated to art.
For the “Support for artists who will inspire the next generation” section, we will present modern artists who have won the Taro Okamoto Award for contemporary Art.
For the “Taro Okamoto’s Exchanges with Fellow Artists and His Era” section, we will present art work from artists such as Tatsuo Ikeda, Shozo Kitadai, Yoshio Murakami, Tatsumi Hijikata,Saseo Ono, and showcase their relationship with Taro Okamoto and that era.
We believe that projects such as this one will allow us to look back on 20 years of the museums various projects while serving as an opportunity to share the museum’s history with many people and expanding public awareness of the museums role.