poster for Play with Taro
[Image: Taro Okamoto "Animal" (1983) FRP]

This event has ended.

When it came to the Japanese word “asobi,” meaning “play,” Taro Okamoto drew a sharp distinction between it and its cognate “o-asobi,” referring to “amusement,” saying: “Asobi and o-asobi represent two completely different things. Asobi is an earnest and full-hearted undertaking — it requires everything of the individual and is pursued solely for its own sake.”
In the case of Taro, it is safe to say that the art he created was simply his own expression of asobi. With this exhibition you are invited to go and “play” with Taro’s art, art that he put his entire self into creating.
A number of the artist’s works will be on exhibit along with a selection of “Playing Ideographs” that Taro painted and of which he said, “characters are pictures too, you know.” This exhibition will also aim to let visitors appreciate Taro’s work using all of their five senses, featuring an interactive corner where visitors can explore the themes of “playing through touch,” “playing with rhythm and sound,” “playing with words,” “playing with masks,” “playing through smell,” and the “Playing Ideograph” challenge.



from July 15, 2017 to October 15, 2017
Closed on Jul. 18 (Tue), Sep. 19 (Tue), Oct. 19 (Tue)


Taro Okamoto



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