Art of the Sun - Tarō Okamoto’s Public Art

Taro Okamoto Memorial museum

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Tarō Okamoto thought that art should be available to all, that it should be shared by everybody in the same way that the sun is and he left numerous works that question the nature of art. This is a common theme that runs through his work, as an anthem to the indomitable life of humanity. To him, art was not something special, it was life itself, and he believed that the fact that art had value was proud proof of this. He continued to refuse to sell his work and in the background of his rejection of art being valued solely for its uniqueness, was his ideal that art should be taken back from its owners, connoisseurs or researchers, and given to the ordinary people, reverting it to its original form.

This concept of public art can be seen in over 140 works in 70 locations throughout Japan alone. These repudiate simple accommodation with the space, but exist in the people’s daily lives, providing laughter, which is the energy of life. These works that were created for the public can be said to represent the pinnacle of expression that Tarō Okamoto achieved during his career as an artist.

This exhibition focuses on Tarō Okamoto’s works of public art, the message they embody offering us the opportunity to reconsider the arts role in life. Human history is a story of confrontation with nature, it speaks of the power of people who overcame tragedy to create the world we live in today, of life that chooses to live in beauty despite misunderstanding and of the drama of the love between man and woman, providing a hint that is directly linked to our lives, and allowing us to experience the joy of life.



from February 27, 2019 to June 23, 2019


Taro Okamoto



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