Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
”Anger, sadness, bereavement, and love-these days we rely on photographs and movies to express such emotions with power and realism. I want to give back to paintings these themes that were once the territory of painting.” Marlene Dumas is currently among the most discussed female artists in the world and she speaks passionately about her vision of art.
Her main concern is with people living today. For her portraits she chooses her lovers, her daughter and friends, or else figures from newspapers, magazines and movies. They depict with forceful realism not only the character and emotions of her subject but also the issues of the times. Her unique touch-delicate, yet vividly expressive-imparts to them the glow of life.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1953, Dumas attended Cape Town University, after which she continued her studies in the Netherlands. She has since made Amsterdam her home and the base of her activities.
This exhibition will present some 250 works by Marlene Dumas, including a new work based on a photograph by Nobuyoshi Araki, “Broken White” (2006); the acclaimed portrait series of her early career, “Female” (1992-93); and the work she created in collaboration with Anton Corbijn, the “Strippinggirls” series (2000).
This is the first exhibition in Japan to offer a full selection of Dumas’s most important works. It will precede major Marlene Dumas retrospectives scheduled for 2008 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
[Image: "The Banality of Evil", 1984, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven Collection]
Artist Talk: April 14th (Sat) 14:00-16:00
Lecture: April 21st (Sat) 14:00-16:00
Lecturer: Yuko Hasegawa (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)