"Goth" Exhibition

Yokohama Museum Of Art

poster for "Goth" Exhibition

This event has ended.

The word "goth" is derived from "Gothic" art that spread through Europe from the 12th to 16th century. However, the "goth culture" that we talk about today is far from this origin. Rather, it is directly connected with the 19th century British revival movement started among the illusionist writers, who felt a longing for medieval times. Today's goth culture is influenced by the revival concept and refers to mysterious and illusionistic ideas surrounding death, night, abnormality, insanity and so on, anything that is opposed to a "healthy" and conservative value system.

Not only in pop culture, but also in contemporary art, elements of "goth" can be found in various forms. Some artists portray deformation and transformation of humans or other living creatures, and some explore self-identity through exploring a part of the body such as skin or bodily fluid. These expressions are not merely a preferred style, but the attempts to break through the conservative norms in society at large.

"Goth" in pop culture is moving onto the next stage. It is not only a style or fashion, but a kind of language to communicate ideas of life. Tattoos, piercings, and visions on life and death are self expressions in this conservative society.

This exhibition features 200 works of contemporary sculpture, painting, video, and photography by 6 internationally active artists. Through their work, this exhibition aims to address the true concept of "goth".

Artist Talk 1
December 23rd (Sun) 14:00-17:00 (doors open 13:30)
Artist: Ingrid Mwangi Robert Hutter/ Dr. Lakra, Ricky Swallow
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art Amphitheater
Free (exhibition ticket required).

Artist Talk 2
February 11th (Mon/ Holiday) 14:00-16:30 (doors open 13:30)
Artist: Tabaimo/ Masayuki Yoshinaga
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art Amphitheater

Performance by Pyuupiru "Secret no, 4 -SRS-"
March 22nd (Sat) 15:00-
Place: Yokohama Museum of Art, Grand Gallery
*Location may change.

Please contact the museum for more details.

[Image: Ricky Swallow "Younger than Yesterday" (2006) Linden, Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian Collection]



From 2007-12-22 To 2008-03-26
Closed on Thursdays (Open on January 3rd, March 20th), December 29th - January 1st, and March 21st.



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Goths at the Yokohama Museum of Art

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