岡本太郎記念館

Commemorative Symposium to Mark the Successful Bid for the Installation of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’

Held at Aoyama Gakuin University, October 28, 2008 (Tuesday)
Installation of Taro Okamoto’s ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ and the Cultural Maturity of the Shibuya/Aoyama Area
Date/Time: October 28, 2008 (Tuesday). 16:00-18:00, Doors Open 15:30
Venue: Large Assembly Hall, 11F, Aoyama Gakuin University Research Institute.
Access: 5 mins. from Omotesando Station, 7 mins from Shibuya Station *Admission Free
Organized by: School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University, Conservation and Succession of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ NPO
Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art

***Program***

Report: Establishment of the NPO and the Holding of ‘Taro Week’
Masayasu Kobayashi (Director, Conservation and Succession of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ NPO
Student Volunteers, Aoyama Gakuin University

Speech: Taro Okamoto’s Challenge to the Present Day
Akiomi Hirano (Director, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum)

Special Guest: Takao Tajima (Original Love, Musician)

Panel Discussion:
How to Confront the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ and What to Pass On to the Future
Katsumi Asaba (Art Director)
Norio Iguchi (Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University)
Risa Tanaka (Editor-in-Chief of ‘Sendenkaigi’ Magazine
Mayumi Tsuruoka (Professor, Tama Art University)
Michihiko Yanai (Creative Director)

Shibuya to be Permanent Site for ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ in Shibuya

The Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art has selected Shibuya as the permanent site to display the mural ‘Myth of Tomorrow’. The foundation received official offers from three areas to house the work: Shibuya, Hiroshima and Suita. After studying the proposals and visiting the various sites, the selection committee carried out a strict and impartial screening, before finally arriving at its decision at a board meeting on March 18, 2008.

In making this selection, numerous factors were considered, including the significance of the site, its environment, its preparedness to receive the work, etc. Of them all, Shibuya demonstrated the best balance of conditions, and received the highest assessment overall.

All three sites that volunteered to house the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ were eminently suitable for the work, and it was an extremely difficult decision to make. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Hiroshima and Suita, whose enthusiastic bids unfortunately did not prove successful and also offer our gratitude to all the people of Nagasaki and the other places who also held campaigns to install the work.

Regarding further details, we are currently in consultation with our counterparts in Shibuya Ward. A new report will be issued as soon as details have been decided.

Image of the Installation of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’

Special Public Viewing of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo ‘Surpass Taro! Enlarge the “Myth of Tomorrow”’

Date: April 27, 2007 (Friday) - June 29, 2008 (Sunday)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
‘Myth of Tomorrow’ Special Workshop

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, is currently holding a special public viewing of Taro Okamoto’s ‘Myth of Tomorrow’. A special workshop will also be held in connection with this, entitled, ‘Surpass Taro! Enlarge the “Myth of Tomorrow”’

The ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ is a vast mural, 30 meters long and 5.5 meters high.
Would you like to make this huge picture even bigger?
How can that be achieved? All it needs is for everybody to use their imaginations.
Imagine the world outside of the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ and draw the surrounding scenery.
Come on, let’s challenge Taro!



■Summary of Event/Participation Details
Date/Time : October 1, 2007 (Monday), 13:00 - 16:30
Open to : Elementary school students and above
Admittance Capacity : 80 (on a first-come-first-served basis)
Participation Fee : Free (October 1 is Tokyo Citizens’ Day so entry to the permanent exhibition is also free)
Venue : 2f Auditorium and Permanent Exhibition Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

‘Myth of Tomorrow’ Special Public Viewing at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, (Koto-ku, Tokyo), and the Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for the Promotion of Contemporary Art (Aoyama, Tokyo), will hold a special public viewing from April 27, 2007, of Taro Okamoto’s (1911-1996) huge mural, ‘Myth of Tomorrow’, that was first displayed at Shiodome last year.
After the Shiodome exhibition, the mural was placed in storage in Tokyo, but due to overwhelming interest, it has been decided that it should be shown again, this time for the limited period of one year at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

Press Conference, (February 15, 2007)


Conceptual Drawing of Installation

First Sketch of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ Discovered

―Painted Over in White. Picture Identified Using Infrared Photography―
The draft sketch is 290mm high by 1,815mm wide and was painted in 1967 using oil on canvas. Discovered at the studio at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, together with ‘Lightning Bolt’ and other sketches, the entire surface of the canvas had been painted white. A faint trace of a painting could be seen through the white surface and when it was photographed using infrared, the first draft of the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ was revealed.

Prior to this, it was thought that only four drafts of the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ existed, (Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum; Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki; The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama; and Nagoya City Art Museum), but this new discovery led to a new research of photographic material, proving this to be the first draft of the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’. This draft will be exhibited together with the ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ mural in a special public viewing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from April 27, 2007 (Friday) to April 13, 2008 (Sunday).

The state of the first draft of ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ as it was discovered (above)


infrared photograph (below)