Animals, People, and Breathing Lines and Forms

Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi

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This year’s exhibition, titled “Animals, People, and Breathing Lines and Forms,” featured modern and contemporary sculptures of animals and people. Sofu Teshigahara, the first Iemoto of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana, carved organic, moving forms from tree blocks using the forms of plants, and also attempted new sculptures using metal plates as molds. The sculptor Isamu Noguchi, who was a close friend of Teshigahara, cut and bent a metal plate to make a squirrel. The shape of the large squirrel shows a sense of aloofness and humor. Ryota Mori’s stone sculptures made of black granite are abstract works with geometric shapes, but their smooth, rounded forms seem to breathe the warmth of living things. Takeshi Tsuchiya’s “Butterfly I” is made of heavy metal plate by reducing the ground surface to a minimum, creating a light impression.

Flanagan’s work seems to jump over the barrier between humans and animals. On top of the “Elephant cub” is a wild rabbit, a figure synonymous with Flanagan. It has supple limbs like a human being, and its characteristic pose, as if in a bit of a panic, is reminiscent of Nijinsky, the standard-bearer of avant-garde ballet in the early 20th century.

In addition to these works, visitors will be able to enjoy a wide variety of modern and contemporary sculptures, including works by Romeda and Hepworth, which seem to cut space with lines, and Botero’s “Horse,” which evokes a plump human figure.

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from July 03, 2021 to September 05, 2021

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