Showa Nostalgie of Illusion

Span Art Gallery

poster for Showa Nostalgie of Illusion

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A quarter-century has passed since the Showa era gave way to the Heisei. In retrospectives of Showa, which lasted more than 60 years, we feel drawn to remember the period through the colored lens of fantasy rather than objective reality. Whatever the reason, remembrances of the past are always infused with nostalgic excess. Showa certainly contained its share of darkness. What, then, does it mean to reminisce about the age? While any era has its own blackness, when we look back now we see Showa’s. What makes us believe in this darkness?

In the shadow of rapid economic growth, there were people left behind and nature artlessly destroyed, cities that could not erase the stench of war, and other things that could only be hidden in Showa’s precise kind of darkness. The subject of this exhibition is not simply nostalgia. It introduces a large collection of works created from a wide range of perspectives by artists depicting the bleakness lying behind, within, and extending from this nostalgia.

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