poster for Taro Okamoto: Paris
[Image: Kanoko Okamoto "Quatorze Juillet"]

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Paris, France was one of the most important cities in the world for Taro Okamoto. He established his own unique persona while spending much time in the French capital between 1930 and 1940 working alongside the international artists who were gathering there. It is with this in mind that Toshiko Okamoto, the assistant who was later to become his wife, has said, “Taro Okamoto became “Taro Okamoto” in pre-war Paris.” Okamoto’s mother, novelist Kanoko Okamoto, was also key to his experience of Paris. Her books include “Pari matsuri (Quatorze Juillet),” which was re-printed in 1941 and bound with a front cover that depicted a view of the city. In the years after the book, Okamoto continued to visit Paris frequently, developing his activities as an artist there. This exhibition will focus on the role that Paris played in his career, introducing the “Taro Okamoto” of Paris, which stands apart from his Tokyo persona.

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from July 06, 2017 to October 22, 2017

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Taro Okamoto

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