poster for Aguri Uchida: Voices
[Image: Aguri Uchida, River, 2018]

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It is a privilege to present Aguri Uchida: VOICES at Maruki Gallery, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima Panels by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki. Aguri Uchida (b. 1949, Tokyo) is an influential painter in the contemporary Japanese painting scene. This exhibition is a result of her interest towards The Hiroshima Panels and The Battle of Okinawa in recent years, where she studied the painting materials and techniques of these artworks. Uchida especially resonates with Iri Maruki’s experimental ink wash painterly style, as it is an element of expression that has been passed down through generations of artists. Physicality is one of her major themes and as a painter, she pursues the root of human existence in her paintings. This is also reflective as an underlying painting theme of Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki’s practice.

The exhibition starts off with a display of artworks by Uchida, Iri Maruki, and Toshi Maruki, where their works are placed alongside each other’s as a form of contemplation and reflection. In the main exhibition room, Uchida presents an eight-meter width painting that she made specially for this exhibition. This new piece of work is juxtaposed with a highly abstract painting that Iri Maruki drew over half a century ago.

This exhibition is an attempt to reconsider the genealogy of painters and their forms of expression, which are timeless and indicate possibilities for multi-layered artistic dialogues. It places Uchida’s paintings along the historical timeline as well as brings a new perspective to Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki’s paintings and the Hiroshima Panels. This also opens new ways of interpreting their paintings.

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from November 07, 2020 to January 24, 2021
Closed from December 29 to January 8.

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Aguri Uchida

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