"Taro Okamoto - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth" Exhibition

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

poster for "Taro Okamoto - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth" Exhibition

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Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) is probably one of the most well-known artists in Japan of the latter half of the 20th century. He created Tower of the Sun for Expo ’70 held in Osaka, made comments full of impact such as “Art is explosion,” and frequently appeared on television. Even after his death in 1996, more and more people, especially the young generation, are showing renewed interest in the artist. In 1998, the studio he worked in during his lifetime was opened to the public as the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. Topics concerning Okamoto never cease to attract our attention. In 1999, the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki opened. Furthermore, in recent years, his monumental mural Tomorrow’s Mythology was rediscovered in Mexico and installed in Shibuya in 2008.

Amidst the posthumous reevaluation of this artist, on the one hand, his positive energy is emphasized. However, on the other hand, the fact that he poignantly said “No” to a variety of existing values and occasionally bewildered the people around him seems to be on the verge of being forgotten. In order to re-appreciate Okamoto, we should not be satisfied simply by taking in his vitality with a passive attitude. Isn’t it necessary to confront the arrows of criticism he shot head-on as arrows aimed at ourselves?

Taro Okamoto's life was indeed a sequence of “confrontations.” With “confrontation” as the keyword, in this exhibition, the opponents he confronted are divided into seven chapters. Approximately 130 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and designs produced through tough struggle are introduced. We hope they will provide an opportunity for us to consider how we should interpret his “confrontations” today.

[Image: "Men Aflame" (1955), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo]

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Schedule

From 2011-03-08 To 2011-05-08
Closes at 20:00 on Fridays

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Taro Okamoto

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sprmario: (2011-03-26)

本展ではこれまで岡本太郎が立ち向かってきた「相手」を通じて生まれた作品から、岡本太郎の心に宿るニヒリズムを垣間見ることができます。アヴァンギャルドとモダニズム、有機と無機、抽象と偶像、美と醜など戦前の初期からの作品のテーマとしてきたコンセプトに加えて個人的には色彩の赤と黒の対極、そして Taro と Okamoto の対極を楽しめました。

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/separate-ks/20110326/1301147017

sukimono: (2011-04-04)

別にありがたがって行く程のものじゃない
http://ameblo.jp/sukimonosan/entry-10851131706.html

windy: (2011-04-25)

東京国立近代美術館に、
「生誕100年 岡本太郎展」を観に行きました。

絵画、彫刻、写真、デザインなど、約130点が展示されているとのこと。
圧倒されました。
blog: http://windy.air-nifty.com/note/2011/04/post-3e16.html

haniwabe: (2011-05-01)

日本的なかわいさと日本人離れした色彩。
ぐにっと入ってきそうなうねりととがり。
http://hanitona.web.fc2.com/jntaroten100.htm

u_ishida: (2011-05-01)

今さらながら、岡本太郎の『明日の神話』ってEVAの使徒の元ネタになんだ。知らなかった(´・ω・`)
http://tetete-note.posterous.com/eva

hokkamuri: (2011-05-08)

「対極主義」宣言の文面がコピーしかなかったり、渋谷と青山に行けば実物を間近に体感できる作品のレプリカが置かれていたり、わざわざ美術館で大々的に開催している意義を考えると、なんとも残念な気持ちになった。
もっと太郎の内部での変遷の歴史や、葛藤だったりを展示する手法はあったのでは。
展示終了一日前にはすでにまともに鑑賞する場所ではなくなっていたほど有難がられていたのは、太郎にとってはなんとも情けないことではないか。
明日の神話のベニヤ板こそ、ここで観たかった。

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