Dumb Type | Actions + Reflections

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo announces the exhibition “Actions + Reflections” by leading Japanese media artist collective Dumb Type. The exhibition, which marks the 35th anniversary of the group’s formation, will feature an updated version of the 2018 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (curated by Yuko Hasegawa) with several new works as well as an extensive archive of the group’s past performances.

Founded in Kyoto in 1984 by students of Kyoto City University of Arts, Dumb Type is a multi-media performance artist group centered on Teiji Furuhashi (1960–1995), which garnered attention for its highly inventive, non-hierarchic pieces which develop as collaborations between members who each pursued their own individual artistic style. Within the superficiality, despair and seduction of 1980s Bubble-era Japan, the group was highly sensitive to a societal “lack of any awareness in spite of an overabundance of information” (=dumb) and developed artworks with a sharp, critical nature.

Featuring several large-scale installations, this comprehensive exhibition offers an invaluable introduction to the works and artistic activities of Dumb Type, a group whose unique vision lives on after Teiji Furuhashi’s death, thanks to newly joined members and veterans like Shiro Takatani or Ryoji Ikeda.


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from November 16, 2019 to February 16, 2020
Closed Dec. 28–Jan. 1. Open Jan. 13 (Mon). Closed Jan. 14.


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