Upcomming / Current Exhibition

Upcomming / Current Exhibition

A Face is A Universe

July 14(Wed.)2021-November 14(Sun.)2021

A face is a universe.
A face is self, it is other, it is all.
The eyes are placed in the exact center. They are holes, one with the universe, allowing us to interact with it.
Every possible layer of beauty in the world possesses various faces and also eyes.
Round eyes, sharp eyes, sunken eyes…all types of eye glare, challenge, and confirm absolutes in each other.
The universe of a single face contains countless other faces, all with gleaming eyes.
They possess an indescribable feeling of reality .

Now is Everything! A Challenge from Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma part II

November 18(thu.)2021-March 13(sun.)2022

The special exhibition, “Garbled Characters ― A Challenge from Calligrapher Koji Kakinuma,” was held in 2010. In this exhibition, Koji Kakinuma presented an open studio featuring what he describes as the ‘trance work’ technique, repeatedly writing the two Japanese characters, “ま” and “え,” to fill a whole wall in a performance the like of which has never been seen before.
The following year, 2011, as part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of Taro Okamoto’s birth, Kakinuma carried out a project using calligraphy to turn Taro’s words into art. This resulted in the publication of the book, “Trance-mission.”
Ten years have passed since then but once again, the stage has been set at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum for Koji Kakinuma to create to a unique form of expression.

Past Exhibition

‘Face 2’

January 5, 2001 - April 2, 2001

A frightening face, an artless face, a sad face...all of them are Taro Okamoto.
Artists often paint self-portraits, but there are no self-portraits of Taro Okamoto.

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‘Young Life’

January 5, 2002 - April 1, 2002

A baby as it reaches out its plump hand to try and grasp something, balancing its heavy-looking head as it takes dangerously wobbly steps on unbelievably small feet.
Puppies, kittens, lion cubs, baby elephants and chicks…young animals are all amazing.

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‘Face 1’

October 4, 2000 - December 27, 2000

The center of the face―the eyes. If you draw the eyes, they will create a face.
I think that there are many people who, when they think of Taro Okamoto’s work, conjure up an image of large eyeballs.

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Taro Okamoto’s ‘Wonderworld’

July 5, 2000 - October 2, 2000

It is not human. It is not animal.
These creatures can only be described as belonging to a ‘wonderworld’.
These curious ‘life forms’, these strange beings, the like of which you have never seen before, draw closer to us.

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‘Characters at Play’

April 5, 2000 - July 3, 2000

There is an art book entitled ‘Asobu Ji (Characters at Play). The contents consist entirely of pictographs that resemble paintings. The character for ‘raku’, meaning ‘happy’, seems to smile and really does look merry while the character for ‘e’ (painting) resembles a person holding a brush and painting a picture.

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‘Original Painting for the Mural’

January 5, 2000 - April 3, 2000

There are innumerable examples murals, monuments and public art that Taro Okamoto created to be displayed in public spaces. As he said, ‘Everybody should be free to praise or criticize them without paying a penny, as if they belonged to them.

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‘Taro’s Pieta’

October 6, 1999 - December 27, 1999

You may think it strange that Taro Okamoto would produce a Pieta, a picture of the body of Christ being held by his grieving mother after having been taken down from the cross. It is a common theme in European art, but I do not think I have seen many examples of one by a Japanese artist.

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‘Taro and Living Creatures’  

July 7, 1999 - October 4, 1999

‘I was born Tokyo’s Aoyama 6 Chome and lived there during my childhood. In those days there were no surfaced roads in Japan and the air was always filled with the smell of earth and numerous insects flew in front of my eyes.

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‘Taro’s Eroticism’  

April 7, 1999 - July 4, 1999

Taro’s eroticism is not a form of sweet, moody love. A woman bending backwards, a man approaching without restraint. The man himself is being ripped apart. There can be no joy without tension and pain. That is what it seems to say.

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