EI-Q 1935-1937: Seeking the “Real” in the Dark

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Ei-Q (real name: Sugita Hideo, 1911-1960) is an artist who made a stunning debut in the art world with a collection of photo-dessins entitled “Nemuri no Riyu” (Reason of Sleep) and later pursued images of his own, making free use of various media including prints and oil painting.
Photo-dessin is a technique in which an image is fixed by placing actual things such as wire or net and paper cut out into different shapes on photosensitive paper and exposing them to light. Employing this method, Ei-Q tried to grasp the reality of the 1930s, a period during which machine civilization developed. However, all the critics pointed out was the novelty of the technique and the influence of the European avant-garde without any discussion of the essential quality of the artist. The letters Ei-Q wrote to his friend in those days show how greatly tormented he was by the gap between what he was aiming at and how the people around him regarded his work.

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from November 22, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Closed for winter holidays from December 28th to January 1st.

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