Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Kurt Seligmann and Taro Okamoto

    Kurt Seligmann and Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2020-10-24 - 2021-01-24

    While living in Paris in 1933, Taro Okamoto joined the avant-garde art group Abstraction-Création and formed a deep relationship with Surrealist Kurt Seligmann. This exhibition introduces works by Seligmann...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto in the Home

    Taro Okamoto in the Home

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product - Ceramics
    • 2020-10-15 - 2021-01-24

    The core of Taro Okamoto’s artistic activities is the idea of “art belongs to the people”. Okamoto believed that art should be a part of people’s everyday lives and designed everything from neckties to...More »

  • poster for Shiro Takahashi “Kojiki Exhibition: Mythological Art Technology”

    Shiro Takahashi “Kojiki Exhibition: Mythological Art Technology”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2020-07-23 - 2020-10-11

    Sculptor Shiro Takahashi is known for his role in integrating computers and technology in art. In the 1980s, he became popular for his “Pneumatic Sculpture Series” using balloons as a material. As a compilation...More »

  • poster for Résonance du son et de l’objet - La rencontre entre les Structures sonores Baschet et Taro Okamoto

    Résonance du son et de l’objet - La rencontre entre les Structures sonores Baschet et Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2020-06-02 - 2020-07-12

    An exhibition of musical sculptures. *Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki will be open from June 6. *The start of this exhibition has been delayed due to the museum’s temporary closing. (Original...More »

  • poster for The Tower of the Sun was a Tree of Life

    The Tower of the Sun was a Tree of Life

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2020-06-02 - 2020-10-11

    This exhibition traces the development of the shape of “Tower of the Sun” in works related to its iconography and others based on its ideas. More »

  • poster for 23rd Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Taro Award) Exhibition

    23rd Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Taro Award) Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2020-02-14 - 2020-04-12

    The subtitle to ‘Today’s Art’, published in 1954 when Taro Okamoto was 43 years old, asks “Who will create our era?” The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (Taro Award) is an award that continues...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto “Sacred Family”

    Taro Okamoto “Sacred Family”

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    • Media: Painting - Manga - Photography - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2020-01-17 - 2020-04-12

    Taro Okamoto’s father and mother, Ippei and Kanoko, was a comic book artist and novelist, respectively. Close friend novelist Yasunari Kawabata referred to the Okamoto’s as a sacred family. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Art and Society - Today’s Artists

    Art and Society - Today’s Artists

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2019-10-26 - 2020-01-13

    The themes of this exhibition are “Society and Art”, “Supporting the Next Generation of Creatives”, and “Taro Okamoto and His Cohorts”. More »

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    Premium Taro Night

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Sound - Performance Art
    • 2019-08-30 - 2019-08-30

    This one-night event features a light up of the museum’s symbolic tower from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. with Bar Taro and Cafeteria Taro serving alcohol and other refreshments. This year’s theme is “Asian Summer.”...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto: From the Jomon Period to the Present

    Taro Okamoto: From the Jomon Period to the Present

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Prints - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-07-13 - 2019-10-14

    This year will mark 20 years since Kawasaki City received 2000 pieces of work from artist Taro Okamoto and opened the doors of the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art. Over the past 20 years, the museum has held...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto and Japanese Tradition

    Taro Okamoto and Japanese Tradition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Ceramics - Talks
    • 2019-04-27 - 2019-06-30

    This exhibition focuses on photographs by Taro Okamoto reconsidering the meaning of Japanese tradition.More »

  • poster for The 22nd Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

    The 22nd Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Art Competition - Talks
    • 2019-02-15 - 2019-04-14

    The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art honors artists carrying on the spirit of the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto by creating works that present sharp messages to society based on unfettered ideas...More »

  • poster for Fantastic Taro

    Fantastic Taro

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Prints - Sculpture - Product - Fashion - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2019-01-18 - 2019-04-26

    This exhibition introduces products designed by Taro Okamoto, with a focus on his interior design and commercial merchandise. More »

  • poster for Isamu Noguchi and Taro Okamoto - ‘Japan’ of Two Travelers without Borders

    Isamu Noguchi and Taro Okamoto - ‘Japan’ of Two Travelers without Borders

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2018-10-06 - 2019-01-14

    Isamu Noguchi and Taro Okamoto first met in 1950 at a welcoming party held for Noguchi a restaurant in Tokyo by a group of Japanese avant-garde artists. Each artist broke new ground as artists working...More »

  • poster for Premium Taro Night

    Premium Taro Night

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    • Media: Sculpture - Sound - Workshops
    • 2018-08-24 - 2018-08-24

    [Events] Jazz Live Performance “Sun, Explosion! Japanese Jazz Fusion” Time: 18:00-19:00 Performers: Miwako (alto sax, flute), Mitsue Yamamoto (keyboard) Location: Tower of the Mother (if raining museum...More »

  • poster for “‘Wall of the Sun’ Revival Projection Mapping”

    “‘Wall of the Sun’ Revival Projection Mapping”

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    • Media: Media Arts
    • 2018-08-11 - 2018-09-24

    “‘Wall of the Sun’ Revival Projection Mapping” will take place during the “Taro Okamoto in the Town - The World of Public Art” exhibition which is being held from 8/11 (Sat) until 9/24 (Mon). Through projection...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto in the Town - The World of Public Art

    Taro Okamoto in the Town - The World of Public Art

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2018-07-14 - 2018-09-24

    Amongst Taro Okamoto’s diverse array of projects and activities are over 140 works in 70 different public spaces such as parks and schools throughout the country. Throughout his life, Okamoto continuously...More »

  • poster for The Photography of Taro Okamoto

    The Photography of Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2018-04-28 - 2018-07-01

    During his younger days as a student in Paris, Taro Okamoto developed an interest in philosophy and sociology, studying ethnology and cultural anthropology at the University of Paris. During his time there,...More »

  • poster for Versatile Artist Taro Okamoto: Process of Completion of “Tower of the Sun”, 1967-1970

    Versatile Artist Taro Okamoto: Process of Completion of “Tower of the Sun”, 1967-1970

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2018-04-19 - 2018-07-01

    This exhibition introduces Taro Okamoto’s activities from 1967 when he was selected to produce the Theme Space at Expo ’70, to 1971 the year following the Expo, including activity related to his most famous...More »

  • poster for The 21st Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

    The 21st Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Art Competition
    • 2018-02-16 - 2018-04-15

    In 1954, the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto published a book called “Today’s Art: Who Will Make History?” The Okamoto Taro Memorial Award for Contemporary Art, commonly referred to as the “Taro Award,”...More »

  • Taro Okamoto According to Toshiko

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2018-02-03 - 2018-04-15

    Toshiko Okamoto (née Hirano) first met Taro Okamoto, whom she would later become the secretary and adopted daughter of, in 1948. Over the following decades, Toshiko ended up contributing to Taro’s life...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto and the development of Media Art: featuring works by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi

    Taro Okamoto and the development of Media Art: featuring works by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Media Arts - Sound
    • 2017-11-03 - 2018-01-28

    Taro Okamoto was a solitary artist who refused to succumb to the trends of the Japanese art scene. This said, he provided tremendous support to young artists who had become united in the process of seeking...More »

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    Play with Taro

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2017-07-15 - 2017-10-15

    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...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto: Paris

    Taro Okamoto: Paris

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-07-06 - 2017-10-22

    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...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto × Architecture – The Dynamism of Clashes and Cooperation

    Taro Okamoto × Architecture – The Dynamism of Clashes and Cooperation

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Architecture
    • 2017-04-22 - 2017-07-02

    When Asia held its first Olympic Games in 1964, architect Kenzo Tange designed the Yoyogi National Gynmasium, and the beautiful building became a symbol of the games. Taro Okamoto made his own contribution...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto “Red Impulse”

    Taro Okamoto “Red Impulse”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-04-13 - 2017-07-02

    When asked which was his favorite color, Taro Okamoto would be sure to answer, “Red.” For Okamoto, red, which he often used symbolically in his paintings, was the color of fire, of the sun, of blood, and...More »

  • poster for The 20th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

    The 20th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2017-02-03 - 2017-04-09

    Taro Okamoto was an artist who took on fresh challenges throughout the eras of his life. Continuing in this spirit, the Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Ward was established to recognize artists with independent...More »

  • poster for Art for Life: Earthquake

    Art for Life: Earthquake

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2016-10-22 - 2017-01-09

    Twenty years after the Great Hanshin Earthquake and five after the Great Tohoku Earthquake, the Kumamoto Earthquake occurred this year. People in Japan live with the knowledge that earthquakes and tsunamis...More »

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    The Railway Art Museum

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2016-07-16 - 2016-10-10

    Contemporary artist Taro Okamoto celebrated the railroad as the ambition of a new age in the work “Yakushin” (Great Advance), a mural completed for the opening of the Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train at Okamoto...More »

  • poster for The Okinawa Taro Okamoto Loved

    The Okinawa Taro Okamoto Loved

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-04-23 - 2016-07-03

    The contemporary artist Taro Okamoto had a special relationship with the island culture of Okinawa. He traveled there multiple times during the late 1950s and 1960s, writing books such as “Treatise on...More »

  • poster for The 19th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

    The 19th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Architecture - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2016-02-03 - 2016-04-10

    Taro Okamoto was an artist at the forefront of his era, always taking on one new challenge after the next. The Taro Okamoto Award is designed to bring into the spotlight the next generation of artists...More »

  • poster for Collection Exhibition: Okamoto Taro & Artists of the Avant-garde

    Collection Exhibition: Okamoto Taro & Artists of the Avant-garde

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    • 2016-01-15 - 2016-04-10

    Taro Okamoto was no one’s student or disciple within the art world, working throughout his career as a solitary figure who stood on his own, much like his Tower of the Sun at the site of Osaka’s Expo ’70....More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto and Masayoshi Nakamura Tokyo Art Festival

    Taro Okamoto and Masayoshi Nakamura Tokyo Art Festival

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2015-10-17 - 2016-01-11

    This exhibition will be held in the Toyohashi City Museum, Art & History, and the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, located in the hometowns of Masayoshi Nakamura and Taro Okamoto, respectively....More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto “Taro’s Play”

    Taro Okamoto “Taro’s Play”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2015-07-18 - 2015-10-04

    The playfulness of Taro Okamoto was not rooted in mere fun, but was the entire dedication of his life, encompassing all elements of his work. This exhibition investigates the role of play in Okamoto’s...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto Discoveries

    Taro Okamoto Discoveries

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-07-09 - 2015-10-04

    Okamoto once claimed that when trying to define what art is and is not, arguments of the bounds of art and culture had no meaning, rather it was that sense of “what is this?!” which is the deciding factor...More »

  • poster for Shinzaburo Takeda “Bridges of Art in Mexico”

    Shinzaburo Takeda “Bridges of Art in Mexico”

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2015-04-25 - 2015-07-05

    Mexico of the 1930s caught the imagination of many European and American artists and ensued a strong influence upon the art scene. Likewise Takeda was also to be enchanted by the country in later decades...More »

  • poster for The Myth of Tomorrow - A Tale of the Public and its People

    The Myth of Tomorrow - A Tale of the Public and its People

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2015-04-16 - 2015-07-05

    Since his experience of living in Paris in the 1930s Okamoto was drawn to creating large scale murals, evading the single ownership of a particular collector but offering up issues to public through the...More »

  • poster for 18th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

    18th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

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    • 2015-02-03 - 2015-04-12

    Taro Okamoto was a pioneering artist who tirelessly took on new challenges. The Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award recognizes remarkable artists who continue in this spirit, conveying incisive messages...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto and the Planetary Style

    Taro Okamoto and the Planetary Style

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-01-16 - 2015-04-12

    Taro Okamoto believed calligraphy to be “an expression of the fundamental Japanese life force.” This exhibition focuses on avant-garde calligraphy movements, notably “Eines Planetaren Stils” (A Planetary...More »

  • poster for The Artists of the Taro Award Ⅱ

    The Artists of the Taro Award Ⅱ

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2014-10-18 - 2015-01-12

    The TARO Award (the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art) was created to cite artists who, succeeding the spirit of Taro Okamoto, would pose a critical message to the present time from their free...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa

    Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa

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    • Media: Painting - Photography
    • 2014-10-09 - 2015-01-12

    Taro Okamoto recorded his impressions of native Okinawan cultures during a late-1959 trip in his “Essay on Okinawan Culture: A Forgotten Japan” (published in 1961). This visit had a profound impact on...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto and Art Brut— To the Horizon of Outsider Art

    Taro Okamoto and Art Brut— To the Horizon of Outsider Art

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    • Media: Illustration - Sculpture
    • 2014-07-19 - 2014-10-05

    Introducing works of Art Brut (“raw” art), a form of art rooted in the original expression of one’s own world, which does not required specialist training. Named by the French artist Jean Dubuffet, the...More »

  • poster for Harco + Quinka, with a Yawn “Making Music with Taro - Words and Music Workshop + Concert”

    Harco + Quinka, with a Yawn “Making Music with Taro - Words and Music Workshop + Concert”

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    • Media: Talks - Performance Art
    • 2014-05-05 - 2014-05-05

    Date: May 5(Mon/Holiday) Workshop 13:00-15:00, Concert 15:00-16:00 Instructors: Harco, Quinka, with a Yawn Reservation required by April 20 Concert open to allMore »

  • Taro Okamoto and Latent Images— Parisian Associates

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-19 - 2014-07-06

    Along with works by Odilon Redon, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, André Masson, and Man Ray, this exhibition introduces the Parisian schools of artistic thought residing within Taro Okamoto’s works. [Related...More »

  • Inescapable Reality— Taro Okamoto and Jomon Culture

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2014-04-10 - 2014-07-06

    “Inescapable reality” was the phrase Taro Okamoto used in “Essay on Jomon Earthenware: A Dialog with a Fourth Dimension” from 1952. In it, Okamoto considered how artists should address “inescapable realities”...More »

  • “Meiwa Denki - Nonsense Ideas Workshop”

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2014-03-21 - 2014-03-21

    A workshop to discover the world inside your mind led by the director of electronic innovators Meiwa Denki. Event Information Instructor: Nobumichi Tosa - Director of Meiwa Denki Date: 3/21(Fri) 13:00-14:30/...More »

  • poster for 17th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

    17th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Art Competition
    • 2014-02-08 - 2014-04-06

    Taro Okamoto was an artist leading his era, always challenging towards something new. And it is this spirit which the Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award attempts to foster, placing a spotlight on artists...More »

  • poster for “Taro Okamoto and the Olympics”

    “Taro Okamoto and the Olympics”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2014-01-17 - 2014-04-06

    In celebration of the awarding of the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo this exhibition takes a review of Taro Okamoto’s involvement with the first Tokyo Olympics held 50 years ago in 1964, which included collaboration...More »

  • 3rd Kids’ Taro Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-11-30 - 2014-01-13

    Taro Okamoto produced creative and freely imagined works throughout his career, and his spirit continues to influence the art of today. Presenting 209 animal-themed illustrations by elementary school children,...More »

  • poster for “Simulation and Form - The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai”

    “Simulation and Form - The Photography and Experiments of Shozo Kitadai”

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    • Media: Painting - Photography
    • 2013-10-19 - 2014-01-13

    Shozo Kitadai was a core member of the pioneering inter-media group of the 1950’s “Jikken Kobo”, and as part of this collective he worked across a wide range of creative fields including painting, mobiles,...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto “Faces and Masks”

    Taro Okamoto “Faces and Masks”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-10-10 - 2014-01-13

    Faces often appear in the paintings of Taro Okamoto. Sometimes they take up the entirety of the work, and sometimes they are painted as compiled images that tie in with other motifs. Masks are also a common...More »

  • poster for Katsuhiko Hibino “Hibino On Side Off Side”

    Katsuhiko Hibino “Hibino On Side Off Side”

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2013-07-20 - 2013-10-06

    Taro Okamoto was an artist whose expression was not merely limited to painting and sculpture, but surpassed the very bounds of genre. In 1951 he encountered the Jomon pottery exhibited at the Tokyo National...More »

  • poster for “Get together with Taro: Laboratory of the Freedom”

    “Get together with Taro: Laboratory of the Freedom”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-07-11 - 2013-10-06

    The exhibition’s title is taken from a line in Okamoto’s book “Today’s Art,” in which he proposed a new artistic perspective. He advocated all family members, from grandparents to parents and children,...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto - Shamanism

    Taro Okamoto - Shamanism

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-04-20 - 2013-07-07

    The influences of Mauss, Koeye and Bataille upon the creative thinking of Taro Okamoto have been well noted, but this exhibition turns towards Okamoto’s interest in shamanism which came to a fore in the...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto: Potential Images

    Taro Okamoto: Potential Images

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2013-04-11 - 2013-07-07

    What is given form to through the work of Taro Okamoto? His drawing studies, sketches and maquettes may provide some hint towards such a question. When Okamoto creates his work he at first has an image,...More »

  • poster for 16th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

    16th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Talks - Art Competition
    • 2013-02-09 - 2013-04-07

    Features work by 22 artists selected from 739 entries.More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Transparent Explosion: Anger"

    Taro Okamoto "Transparent Explosion: Anger"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-01-18 - 2013-04-07

    Exhibition examining Okamoto's political paintings. [Image: Taro Okamoto, "The Myth of Tomorrow" (1968)]More »

  • "Saseo Ono - Modern Girls on Parade” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Video and Film
    • 2012-10-20 - 2013-01-14

    Saseo Ono (1905-54) was a postwar painter and manga artist who depicted the Ginza of the 1930s, where Tokyo's "modern boys" and "modern girls" hung out. This exhibition showcases some 500 illustrations,...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Teenage Years" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Teenage Years" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2012-10-12 - 2013-01-14

    This exhibition showcases personal effects belonging to the Okamoto family when they lived in Europe, copies of magazines that the young Taro was involved in, and illustrations and texts that he produced. [Image:...More »

  • poster for "An Island of Memories -Japan through the lens of Taro Okamoto and Tsuneichi Miyamoto" Exhibition

    "An Island of Memories -Japan through the lens of Taro Okamoto and Tsuneichi Miyamoto" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2012-07-21 - 2012-10-08

    Starting in the year 1957, Taro Okamoto travelled all over Japan with a camera in his hand for his editorial series Geijutsu Fudoki (Geographic Records on Art) in Geijutsu Shincho magazine. Up until 1966,...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Animals" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Animals" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Product
    • 2012-07-13 - 2012-10-08

    In Taro Okamoto's oeuvre numerous animals appear, from dogs to cats. This exhibition plays tribute to Okamoto's menagerie. [Image: Taro Okamoto, "Animal" (1959) concrete]More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto, Walking in a Labyrinth" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto, Walking in a Labyrinth" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product
    • 2012-04-28 - 2012-07-08

    There will be some 100 Taro Okamoto sculptures, paintings and photographs on display looking at the moden social labyrinth which Okamoto navigated. Also on display will be the artist's "room", including...More »

  • poster for 15th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

    15th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2012-02-04 - 2012-04-08

    On display are works by 24 artists selected from among 797 entries submitted to the 15th edition of this award.More »

  • "Utsurobune - Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going?" Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Video and Film
    • 2011-10-15 - 2012-01-09

    This show features exhibits incorporating science by 9 contemporary artists, projected onto large screens that have been realized with the help of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory...More »

  • poster for "Hitoshi Toyoda: 'Nazuna' Summer Slideshow" Event

    "Hitoshi Toyoda: 'Nazuna' Summer Slideshow" Event

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    • Media: Photography - Video and Film
    • 2011-07-31 - 2011-07-31

    Talk event and slideshow with photographer Hitoshi Toyoda.More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto: 100th Birth Anniversary"

    "Taro Okamoto: 100th Birth Anniversary"

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product
    • 2011-04-16 - 2011-09-25

    This exhibition commemorates the 100th birth anniversary of the contemporary avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto. The first half focuses on Okamoto himself and his collaborators, while the second half showcases...More »

  • poster for "14th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art"

    "14th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art"

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2011-02-05 - 2011-04-03

    The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (TARO Award) aims to support and celebrate those artists who have inherited the spirit of challenge that Taro Okamoto manifested in the making of creative works...More »

  • poster for Tatsuo Ikeda "Trajectory of the Avant-Garde"

    Tatsuo Ikeda "Trajectory of the Avant-Garde"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-10-09 - 2011-01-10

    Ikeda was born in Imari City, Saga Prefecture in 1928. He joined the Naval Aviation division at age 15 and entered into a losing war at age 17 as a kamikaze pilot. After the War, he transferred into the...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Ninety-nine Years Old, Admirable Taro Ⅳ"

    Taro Okamoto "Ninety-nine Years Old, Admirable Taro Ⅳ"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-09-30 - 2011-01-10

    This exhibition showcases works that demonstrate how Taro Okamoto's mother Kanoko influenced his artistic output.More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Taro's Festivals"

    Taro Okamoto "Taro's Festivals"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-07-17 - 2010-09-20

    This exhibition focuses on Okamoto's deep interest in festivals and ceremonies. On display are photos that capture scenes from various festivals throughout Japan, such as the Namahage festival in Akita,...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "99 Years: Bravo, Taro!"

    Taro Okamoto "99 Years: Bravo, Taro!"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-07-08 - 2010-09-26

    Taro Okamoto celebrated his 99th birthday on February 26th this year, and 2011 marks the centenary of his birth. During his lifetime, Okamoto created a space entirely his own in his works, inspired by...More »

  • poster for "Avant-Garde Underwear: Yoko Kamoi and her Era" Exhibition

    "Avant-Garde Underwear: Yoko Kamoi and her Era" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2010-04-17 - 2010-07-04

    Yoko Kamoi was a former journalist who left the profession in the 1950s to open a shop selling undergarments and CoCo tunics. She was responsible for introducing knitted underwear and hosiery to Japanese...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Ninety-nine Years Old, Admirable Taro Ⅱ — Taro Mythologies"

    Taro Okamoto "Ninety-nine Years Old, Admirable Taro Ⅱ — Taro Mythologies"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-04-08 - 2010-07-04

    On the 26th of February this year, Taro Okamoto celebrated his 99th birthday on February 26th this year, and next year marks the centenary of his birth. Over his lifetime, he was very much inspired...More »

  • poster for "99 Years Old" Exhibition

    "99 Years Old" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-01-15 - 2010-04-04

    During this exhibition, on February 26th, Taro Okamoto will be celebrating his 99th birthday. In this last exhibition before his centenary, displayed are the works that made Okamoto a world renowned...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Red" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Red" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-09-26 - 2010-01-11

    Among the vivid primary colors employed by Taro Okamoto for his paintings, the one that leaves the strongest impression on the viewers is red. From the days when Okamoto traveled to Paris to become an...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Paintings" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-04-18 - 2009-09-23

    Artist Taro Okamoto was active in a wide variety of fields beyond art. However, all his activities are rooted in painting. After dropping out of Tokyo Bijutsu Gakkou (presently Tokyo University of the...More »

  • "The 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Art Competition
    • 2009-02-07 - 2009-04-05

    The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (TARO Award) aims to support and celebrate those artists who inherit the spirit of challenge and innovation that Taro Okamoto manifested through his own work....More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Eyes 'Girori'" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Eyes 'Girori'" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-16 - 2009-04-12

    Face and eye motifs are often seen in Taro Okamoto's paintings. They hold a significant message in his work. The ambiguous images with human-like or animal-like shapes and facial elements sometimes appear...More »

  • poster for "The Artists of The TARO Award I" Exhibition

    "The Artists of The TARO Award I" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2008-10-11 - 2009-01-12

    The Taro Award was founded in 1997 in memory of the late Toshiko Okamoto’s fervent desire to bring more international exposure to artists who perpetuate the ethos of Taro Okamoto and deliver sharp messages...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Challenge"

    Taro Okamoto "Challenge"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-10-02 - 2009-01-12

    In 1948, Taro Okamoto published his art theoretical analysis on antithesis. Tackling all manner of confrontational matters is a way of creating a new form of art which can hold opposing mentalities in...More »

  • poster for "Korea Through Taro Okamoto's Eyes 1964, 1977" Exhibition

    "Korea Through Taro Okamoto's Eyes 1964, 1977" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-07-19 - 2008-09-28

    Taro Okamoto visited Korea in 1964 and 1977. One wonders what sort of significance these two visits to Korea held for him. Before then, Okamoto encountered Jomon wares in 1951 and discovered within those...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Metamorphoses" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Metamorphoses" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-07-10 - 2008-09-28

    What do you imagine when you hear the word "transformation"? Some might think of heroes like Ultraman and Kamen Rider from TV animations and manga. Metamorphoses often refer to mythical stories of human...More »

  • poster for "3D artwork by Taro Okamoto -Defying Dimensions-" Exhibition

    "3D artwork by Taro Okamoto -Defying Dimensions-" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2008-04-19 - 2008-07-06

    Taro Okamoto (1911−1996) was active in a variety of artistic media. Although he started out as a painter, he later produced his first three-dimensional sculpture in 1952. By using a hybrid material of...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Traditions of Japan"

    Taro Okamoto "Traditions of Japan"

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2008-04-11 - 2008-07-06

    In 1956, Taro Okamoto published a book entitled, "Traditions of Japan." The catalyst that aroused his interest in this primitive history was the exhibition "Jomon Earthenware," held at the Tokyo National...More »

  • poster for The 11th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

    The 11th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Art Competition
    • 2008-02-09 - 2008-04-06

    The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art (TARO Award) aims to support and celebrate those artists who succeed the challenging spirit of Taro Okamoto manifested in the making of creative works with individual...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Niramekko"

    Taro Okamoto "Niramekko"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-01-18 - 2008-04-06

    Taro Okamoto published a collection of essays entitled "Niramekko." Niramekko is a a staring contest in which two players have to keep looking at each other's eyes without laughing. In 1980 and '81, books...More »

  • poster for "Art Topography by Taro Okamoto - Japan, 50 years ago" Exhibition

    "Art Topography by Taro Okamoto - Japan, 50 years ago" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-10-06 - 2008-01-14

    Taro Okamoto traveled all over Japan in 1957 photographing people and keeping a travel journal for a project that he did for magazine "Geijutsu Shincho". He focused on each region's unique characteristics...More »

  • poster for "Void and Excessive Concentration - Space in Taro Okamoto's Painitngs" Exhibition

    "Void and Excessive Concentration - Space in Taro Okamoto's Painitngs" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-09-21 - 2008-01-14

    "When we talk about space in art, it's either desperate emptiness and nothingness, or something completely dense and filled up, I believe." (Taro Okamoto "Kourin Theory" from "Japanese Tradition" published...More »

  • poster for "Samurai of Amazon - Human, Nature, & Art" Exhibition

    "Samurai of Amazon - Human, Nature, & Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-07-14 - 2007-09-17

    Aborigines reside in the rapidly disappearing Amazon Rainforest. They exist proudly in the wild cycle of life, which has much in common with Okamoto's philosophy. They remind us of the truth of human beings....More »

  • poster for "Playful Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

    "Playful Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2007-07-05 - 2007-09-17

    "It is not about being foolish, you have to play, full-heartedly, or you are not having fun," said Okamoto (referenced in Toshiko Okamoto's "Playful Mind of Taro Okamoto"). That is how he lived his life...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto: 1954−1970 - The Contemporary Arts Institute through Expo 70" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto: 1954−1970 - The Contemporary Arts Institute through Expo 70" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2007-04-21 - 2007-07-01

    In May 1954, Taro Okamoto settled into his studio (now the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum) located in Takagi-cho of Aoyama, Tokyo. Designed by Junzo Sakakura architects & engineers and constructed utilizing...More »

  • poster for "10th TARO Award" Exhibition

    "10th TARO Award" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2007-02-03 - 2007-04-08

    The Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, known as the Taro Award, awards the excellent achievements by artists that follow Taro Okamoto's spirit of breaking away from tradition and rules to produce works...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Paintings - From Impulse to Realization" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Paintings - From Impulse to Realization" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-10-07 - 2007-01-08

    The elementary colors and vigorous brushwork are characteristic of Taro Okamoto's paintings. While the spontaneity of his works makes it seem like they were shaped on the spot, Okamoto actually employed...More »

  • poster for The Legend of Ultraman

    The Legend of Ultraman

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    • Media: Graphics - Illustration
    • 2006-07-11 - 2006-09-24

    Ultraman celebrates its 40th anniversary. On display will be costumes, dolls, movie posters, oil paintings and much more from the popular television series.More »

  • poster for Permanent Collection: Tomorrow's Myth - The Road to Revival

    Permanent Collection: Tomorrow's Myth - The Road to Revival

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    • Media: Painting - Photography
    • 2006-06-29 - 2006-10-03

    Taro Okamoto's mural "Tomorrow's Myth" was discovered in Mexico in 2003 after being lost for 35 years. Having gone through a tremendous restoration process, it is now being displayed at Shiodome. This...More »

  • poster for Chikaku - Conversations with the Fourth Dimension

    Chikaku - Conversations with the Fourth Dimension

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2006-04-08 - 2006-06-25

    In 1952, Taro Okamoto 'discovered' a piece of earthenware from the Jyomon period inside the museum. He declared it to be a piece of ancient art, instead of just the archeological finding that it was considered...More »

  • poster for All 'Living Things'

    All 'Living Things'

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-04-06 - 2006-06-25

    Many 'living things' appear in Taro Okamoto's paintings- comical manga-like animals, blob-shaped bodies, and huge faces and eyes that take up the whole canvas. Humorous, cute, or a bit strange - these...More »

  • poster for Honorable Message: Re-Birth of "The Myth of Tomorrow"

    Honorable Message: Re-Birth of "The Myth of Tomorrow"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-07-16 - 2005-09-25

    In 1967, Taro Okamoto got a commission from a Mexican businessman to paint the large mural (5.5x30.0m) "The Myth of Tomorrow" for a hotel being built for the Mexico Olympics. The masterpiece was based...More »

  • poster for Yoshio Murakami: Purified in the North

    Yoshio Murakami: Purified in the North

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2005-04-23 - 2005-07-03

    Greatly influenced by Taro Okamoto, Yoshio Murakami is searching for the roots of the original Japanese culture, in northern Japan. This retrospective exhibition contemplates the bond between the artist...More »

  • poster for The 8th Annual Taro Okamoto Competition of the Contemporary Art

    The 8th Annual Taro Okamoto Competition of the Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Illustration - Sculpture - Art Competition
    • 2005-02-27 - 2005-04-10

    The Annual Taro Okamoto Competition of the Contemporary Art is founded to carry on the creative and critical spirit of Taro Okamoto. This year, the museum received 533 applications. Among them, 22 outstanding...More »

  • poster for Naked Taro Exhibition

    Naked Taro Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics - Product - Sculpture - Drawing - Video and Film
    • 2004-10-16 - 2005-01-16

    In addition to Okamoto`s art works, the recordings of the series of TV shows which Okamoto appeared in. More »

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