Tiger Tateishi: The Retrospective - Track, Travel, Trap, Trance

Aomori Museum of Art

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[Image: Tiger Tateishi "Green Monster" (1976-77) Tagawa Museum of Art]

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Born in 1941 in the town of Ida in Chikuho, Kyushu (now Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture), Tiger Tateishi moved to Tokyo to attend university. In 1963, he made his debut at the “Yomiuri Independents” exhibition, and the following year, he established the “Kanko Geijutsu Kenkyujo” with Hiroshi Nakamura (1932-). The following year, he founded the “Tourism Art Institute” with Hiroshi Nakamura (1932-), and his works, which drew on a variety of characters and images symbolic of the times and society, attracted attention as a forerunner of Japanese pop art. 65 years later, he began to draw manga, and under the pen name “Tiger Tateishi,” he wrote a series of nonsense manga for magazines and newspapers. From the end of the 1960s, many children began to say, “Nyarome! was a word coined by Tateishi, who was in contact with Fujio Akatsuka (1935-2008).

However, in March 1969, when Tateishi became very busy as a manga artist, he suddenly moved to Milan. During his 13-year stay in Milan, Tateishi worked energetically on panel paintings inspired by manga and also collaborated with designers and architects on numerous illustrations, designs, and advertisements. After becoming busy as an illustrator, Tateishi returned to Japan in 1982 to change his environment again, and from 1985 he was based in Ichihara, Chiba, Japan, and from 1990 onwards he exhibited his paintings and ceramic sculptures under the name “Tateishi Taiga”, and his manga and picture books under the name “Tiger Tateishi”.

Tateishi passed away in April 1998 at the young age of 56, but this year, the 80th anniversary of his birth, this exhibition looks back on his diverse activities through approximately 200 works and documents.



from July 20, 2021 to September 05, 2021
Closed on July 26 and August 23.


Tiger Tateishi



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