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Contemporary Japanese art since the 1970s


Japon des avant-gardes 1910-1970 was an epoch-making exhibition held at the Centre Pompidouin Paris in 1986. It offered a complete overview of Japan’s creative arts, from paintings to architecture, crafts, and design, and spurred new review and research of postwar Japan’s art and design in both France and Japan. So what changes have taken place on Japan’s contemporary art scene since 1970? This will be examined at the Japanorama. A new vision on art since1970, a look at the past half-century of Japanese art.

1130The venue is the Center Pompidou-Metz, a branch of the Centre Pompidou designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Yuko Hasegawa serves as the exhibition’s curator.

The exhibition begins in the 1970s, regarded as the time Japan left the influence of Western Europe and began exploring its own way. The two movements spotlighted from this era are Mono-ha, concerned with materials, and the more conceptual Nippon-Gainen-ha. With its economy booming, Japan in the 1980s became swept up in the winds of post-modernism and consumerism, with Yellow Magic Orchestra and Rei Kawakubo among the new breed of creators who also received acclaim overseas. In the 1990s the keywords were “superflat” and “kawaii,” but major natural and man-made disasters including the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the sarin gas attack on the subway revealed the collapse of postwar social order. Entering the 21st century, the boundaries between public and private began to blur, while the Great East Japan Earthquake forced a change in values.

SANAA has taken charge of designing the exhibition. Makoto Aida, Shinro Ohtake, Yayoi Kusama, Kishio Suga, Chim↑Pom, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami are among the 100 groups of artists taking part. This exhibition is sure to offer a variety of discoveries as it reviews recent history through the changes in art.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970
Dates: now – March 5, 2018 (Mon)
Venue: Center Pompidou-Metz (1, parvis des Droits-de-l’Homme, CS 90490, F-57020 Metz Cedex 1, France)
Time: 10:00-18:00, closed Tuesdays
Admission: 10 euros general
Contact: tel. +33-3-87-15-39-39

Takashi HOMMA, TOKYO SUBURBIA, Boy-1, Keio Tama center, Tokyo, 1998
Yoshitomo NARA, Sayon, 2006


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