"Goth" Exhibition

Yokohama Museum Of Art

poster for "Goth" Exhibition

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The word "goth" is derived from "Gothic" art that spread through Europe from the 12th to 16th century. However, the "goth culture" that we talk about today is far from this origin. Rather, it is directly connected with the 19th century British revival movement started among the illusionist writers, who felt a longing for medieval times. Today's goth culture is influenced by the revival concept and refers to mysterious and illusionistic ideas surrounding death, night, abnormality, insanity and so on, anything that is opposed to a "healthy" and conservative value system.

Not only in pop culture, but also in contemporary art, elements of "goth" can be found in various forms. Some artists portray deformation and transformation of humans or other living creatures, and some explore self-identity through exploring a part of the body such as skin or bodily fluid. These expressions are not merely a preferred style, but the attempts to break through the conservative norms in society at large.

"Goth" in pop culture is moving onto the next stage. It is not only a style or fashion, but a kind of language to communicate ideas of life. Tattoos, piercings, and visions on life and death are self expressions in this conservative society.

This exhibition features 200 works of contemporary sculpture, painting, video, and photography by 6 internationally active artists. Through their work, this exhibition aims to address the true concept of "goth".

Artist Talk 1
December 23rd (Sun) 14:00-17:00 (doors open 13:30)
Artist: Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter/ Dr. Lakra, Ricky Swallow
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art Amphitheater
Free (exhibition ticket required).

Artist Talk 2
February 11th (Mon/ Holiday) 14:00-16:30 (doors open 13:30)
Artist: Tabaimo/ Masayuki Yoshinaga
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art Amphitheater

Performance by Pyuupiru "Secret no, 4 -SRS-"
March 22nd (Sat) 15:00-
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art, Grand Gallery
*Location may change.

Please contact the museum for more details.

[Image: Ricky Swallow "Younger than Yesterday" (2006) Linden, Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian Collection]



From 2007-12-22 To 2008-03-26
Closed on Thursdays (Open on January 3rd, March 20th), December 29th - January 1st, and March 21st.



Aneta Glinkowska tablog review

Goths at the Yokohama Museum of Art

The "Goth" exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art brings together artists from five different countries and examines contemporary practice related to the Gothic style.

Aneta Glinkowska tablog review

Creating a Myth: Conversation with IngridMwangiRobertHutter

Ingrid of the artistic personality known as "IngridMwangiRobertHutter" talks about the myth around it and the installation she brought from Germany for the "Goth" exhibition.

Makoto Hashimoto tablog review

「ゴス」展 オープニング


donald_japantimes: (2008-01-03 at 17:01)

A new challenge to old traditions
Dr. Lakra inks in his own interpretations of ukiyo-e
By Manami Okazaki
Special to The Japan Times

A blasphemous reworking on the ¥50,000 originals — including a print by Edo Period (1603-1868) artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi — Lakra drew in ink Los Angeles-style gangster tattoos of praying hands, marijuana leaves, skulls and pinup girls onto the print's subjects ...


voidchicken: (2008-01-29 at 10:01)

Mighty Boosh 的ゴス展の予習

hiraking: (2008-02-25 at 21:02)


yourboringandpatheticart: (2008-03-02 at 23:03)

This show starts off with a BANG and peters out with a sad sad whimper. The first 2 artists hold your attention well with their work, craft and content. Ricky Swallow handles his materials very well (except his very poorly executed paintings which he seems to have killed very dead) His juxtaposition of the barnacles on the skull was very thought provoking and remindful not simply of death but our greater disposability or that nature can be just as blind to our existence when it looks for a place to make home. Using these"sacred" relics of humanity and rendering them as foot rests (the top of a cranium in one carving)
challenges the notion of the wonders of being human. Then we have Dr. Lakra who does a great justice to the ORIENTAL BAZAAR later Ukiyoe prints. There is a great wit and reading his inscriptions on the pieces he has a greater knowledge of Japanese history and culture than many who splash around in Japanese history. His constructions were very interesting and innovative. There seemed to be a dialogue with relics in a manner that i have not seen before. The interaction treated the sanctity and being of the older pieces revering them yet re-owning them with his unmistakable marks. His murals seemed ordinary though. The next room was the video version of hiromix. A young pretty girl makes lack-luster work and projects it BIG BIG BIG, it could have been better served to include Tenmyouya Hisashi in this space. Then the show falls apart we enter into the Fruits space of stupidly simple photography where the subject and medium do all of the work. Before we were looking at the artists' contribution to the image or subject but this cameraman cant find any interesting way to photograph these people so he chooses the pretty ones and does the I don't need to think of anything because the people are dazzling thing with banal straight forward shots. When he has some of them in their rooms they are where? but in the center of course! hmm that is unique. He condemns these poor souls back into the mediocrity they are trying to escape. IngridMwangiRobertHutter's piece was wonderfully installed and i think they chose the grey wall coloring- an excellent departure, I liked the sugar cubes but the videos crept too slowly to maintain my attention- was that blood or wine with cornstarch?- If the latter I do not appreciate the switchout. (Again no need to put the object- meat- in the CENTER, we get it let us discover some things) then the final person who wasted his whole sex-change operation on technically proficient images but visually dull and obvious snapshots. Where were the obvious candidates for this show? Where was Andrew Guenther, Banks Violett, Sue Debeer Ron Mueck or Demain HIRST?,..

kotosa: (2008-03-03 at 03:03)

yourboringandpatheticart, your analysis of this show is quite interesting! Thank you.

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