Tadanori Yokoo “Curators in Panic”

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

poster for Tadanori Yokoo “Curators in Panic”
[Image: Poster design: Tadanori Yokoo]

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Forty years after switching from graphic design to painting, Tadanori Yokoo continues to change without adhering to any given style or subject as both his art and life garner attention in Japan and abroad. In 2021 and 2022, a large-scale retrospective titled Genkyo Yokoo Tadanori will tour the country. Among the hundreds of items in the show are approximately 140 works and documents from the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art – the largest number that has ever been borrowed from the museum. While on the one hand, as a facility that bears Yokoo’s name, this is a joyous event. But on the other hand, for the museum’s curators, it is like a state of emergency, in so much as many of Yokoo’s major works are not here. Moreover, the spread of the novel coronavirus has deprived us of the opportunity to communicate closely with Yokoo, and we are confronted with a dangerous situation as concerns what form future exhibitions might take.

Thus, in order to emphasize the absence of the artist and his important works, this exhibition, Curators in Panic, has been organized to shed light on their existence. The three participating curators, who have overseen 22 of the 26 exhibitions at the museum, selected their personal favorites from the works that were not included in Genkyo Yokoo Tadanori. They also recount some of the discoveries that they have made in the course of their everyday research as well as some anecdotes related to the exhibitions. It is the hope of the organizers that by adopting this perspective in which the curators become viewers, the exhibition will give visitors an opportunity to freely enjoy the viewing experience and rediscover the rich creative world of Tadanori Yokoo.

Following on from Hyogo Prefectural Yokoo Emergency Hospital, which had the misfortune of opening during the coronavirus crisis, and State of Emergency Declaration, which was organized during the crisis, this exhibition is another attempt to reflect the reality of operating a museum in the midst of so much confusion.

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from March 27, 2021 to August 22, 2021

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Tadanori Yokoo

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