Reconstructions: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1945-65

22.02.86 – 05.04.86

Artists: Nobuya Abe, Saburo Aso, Ichiro Fukuzawa, Iwami Furusawa, Noburu Kitawaki, Taro Okamoto, Tadashi Sugimata, Kikuji Yamashita, Yoshikuni Iida, Tatsuo Ikeda, Shigeo Ishii, On Kawara, Hiroshi Nakamura, Akira Kanayama, Saburo Murakami, Shōzō Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Atsuko Tanaka, Jirō Yoshihara, Hisao Domoto, Yoshishige Saito, Kumi Sugai, Toshimitsu Imai, Genpei Akasegawa, Shusaku Arakawa, Mokuma Kikuhata, Tetsumi Kudo, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Yoshio Murakami, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Akira Shimizu, Ushio Shinohara and Jiro Takamatsu.

This show brought together a selection of avant-garde artists and examined the relationship between their work and Japanese society in the twenty-year period of intense economic and social change following the Second World War. It was divided into sections that followed post-war trends in Japanese art: After the War; The New Realism 1950-1956; Gutai; Informal and Abstract Art; Neo Dada in the ‘Sixties;

Touring exhibition organised by Kazu Kaido for Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, with funding from the Japan Foundation and Visiting Arts Unit.

 

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