Tatsumi Orimoto “Art x Life”

Kawasaki City Museum

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[Image: Tatsumi Orimoto "Bread Man Son and Alzheimer's Disease Mother" (1996)

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The performance artist Tatsumi Orimoto, a resident of Kawasaki, has been at the forefront of contemporary art for more than 40 years. His international presence includes a show at the Venice Biennale. His works are full of unique ideas with the power to surprise. For instance in “Bread Man” from the 1990s, he attached baguettes to his body and travelled the world holding performances with local people he encountered along the way. In the late 1990s, he became known worldwide for his “Art Mama” series in which his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and for whom Orimoto is a caretaker, makes appearances. These collaborations with his beloved mother have been picked up by the media, appearing on TV and in newspapers.

Orimoto’s works are born out of spontaneous interactions with all kinds of people, from those he meets on travels around the world, to his mother, to the elderly and the hospitalized. Some of his performances also involve animals including rabbits, pigs, birds, alpacas, ducks, and fish. His ground-breakingly creative world turns communication with all forms of life into art. Through film, photography, graphics, drawings, and other works, this exhibition introduces Orimoto’s ever-expanding creativity from the 1990s through today.

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Reservations required.

Talk “Get to Know Tatsumi Orimoto”
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Date: Jun. 11 (Sat) 14:00–15:00

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Schedule

from April 29, 2016 to July 03, 2016

Artist(s)

Tatsumi Orimoto

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