"Neoteny Japan -Takahashi Collection" Exhibition

Ueno Royal Museum

poster for "Neoteny Japan -Takahashi Collection" Exhibition

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Through the collection of Ryutaro Takahashi, a psychiatrist known as one of Japan's best contemporary art collectors, this exhibition traces back the trend of Japanese contemporary art from the 1990s onward that has attracted worldwide attention. The collection of over 1000 pieces includes works by emerging artists as well as representative and earlier works by internationally acclaimed figures.

Taking one of modern terms "neoteny" as a key word, this exhibition features 33 artists from the Takahashi collection. From worldly renowned Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami to young talents, around 80 paintings, sculptures, video and installation works by various artists are on view.

It's hoped that viewers will discover the joy of experiencing and contemplating on contemporary art through this first extensive exhibition of the Takahashi collection.




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Collector steps into the void
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By Edan Corkill
Japan Times staff writer

How a psychiatrist from Yamagata came to possess one of the world's most important collections of Japanese contemporary art — meaning art made in the last 15 years — is almost embarrassingly simple ...


kico16: (2009-06-04)


voidchicken: (2009-06-08)

I was curious to know why he started to assemble the Japanese art pieces.

conon: (2009-06-15)


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cbliddell: (2009-06-21)

Neoteny vs. Micropop
Competing aspects of Japanese contemporary art go head-to-head at two group shows

The battle for the soul of the Japanese contemporary art scene is now out in the open, with a pair of exhibitions facing off against each other across town. In the Shinagawa corner, at the Hara Museum of Art, we have “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art,” while in the Ueno corner, at the Ueno Royal Museum, we have “Neoteny Japan.” Each exhibition presents a diverse collection of contemporary art and attempts to define a new, wide-ranging trend or movement.

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