"MOT Collection Chronicle 1947-1963: Days of Independent Art Exhibitions (Special feature: Pipilotti Rist)"
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The ‘Chronicle’ exhibitions are a series of themed exhibitions that began last year with the aim of proposing a revised view of postwar Japanese art. The current exhibition features works from the ‘Independent’ exhibitions that were held by the Japan Art Association and the Yomiuri Shimbun, which had no selection process but were open to all artists. The Japan Art Association was founded in 1946 as a democratic art organization. Its first exhibition was held in 1947, and these continue down to the present day. The Yomiuri Shimbun is a newspaper company and it held its first ‘Independent’ exhibition in 1949, these continuing for fifteen years until 1963. These two ‘Independent’ exhibitions, which took place during almost the same period and which both used the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum as their venue, provided a valuable stage upon which young artists could develop. What would catch the artists’ eyes? What kind of reality would they create when faced with the aftermath of defeat in the war and how was it pursued? The answers to all these questions can be found in these works, which played an important role in the revision of postwar Japanese art.
This exhibition will present works from both ‘Independent’ exhibitions, tracing the changes in the artists/trends during this period and considering the works from a variety of angles.