Exhibition NYC. MoMA. Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde

Exhibition NYC. MoMA. Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde
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Exhibition NYC. The 18th of November of 2012 The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will open  about the avant-garde in Tokyo.

Exhibition NYC. MoMA: Compact Object (Konpakuto obuje). 1962

Exhibition NYC. MoMA: Compact Object (Konpakuto obuje). 1962

In those years, Tokyo became the center of the artistic world, concentrating artists from most tendencies into various movements. The exhibition mixes painting, sculpture, photography, drawings and graphic design as well as video and documentary film, creating an ambitious space to recognize that emerging creativity of the 50’s and the 60’s.

As the own museum says: “Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde brings together some of the most iconic works from the period as well as works recently discovered or reevaluated by new scholarship.”

The upcoming exhibition will include works like: Jikken Kobo (Experimental Workshop), Hi Red Center (Takamatsu Jiro, Akasegawa Genpei, Nakanishi Natsuyuki), and Group Ongaku (Group Music); critical artistic figures such as Okamoto Taro, Nakamura Hiroshi, Ay-O, Yoko Ono, Shiomi Mieko, and Tetsumi Kudo; photographers Moriyama Daido, Hosoe Eikoh, and Tomatsu Shomei; illustrators and graphic designers Yokoo Tadanori, Sugiura Kohei, and Awazu Kiyoshi; and architects Tange Kenzo, Isozaki Arata, and Kurokawa Kisho, among others.

We can feel the answer –like Bob Dylan said- “blowing in the wind”… how can they do it so fast? The disaster of the II WW is there, flying like a butterfly near to die. After the disaster, the Japanese society tried to create a different world with modern structures, beating the model that damned them to the disaster. I think we will a strange familiar feeling there, a strange sensation of shame, proud and prejudice… a very artistic feeling that just in the art we can find a solution. What’s that? I don’t know still, but I think we will rediscover it soon, maybe the 18th of November.

Enjoy it at the Museum of Modern Art!

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