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Real Japanesque: The Unique World of Japanese Contemporary

July 10 (Tue.)–September 30 (Sun), 2012

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In order to transcend the diverse set of values that emerged with the impasse in Western art at the end of the 20th century; the work of artists who were born in the 1960s; and the inundation of art-related information, the overriding concern for Japanese artists born after 1970 is how to create something completely new. The nine artists in the Real Japanesque exhibition have chosen to deal with this difficult situation by distancing themselves from recent and often seen approaches such as imitating Western art, returning to Japanese art, and relying on displays that are specifically contrived to attract attention.

The work of the artists is distinguished by the use of a flexible method, selected from a variety of art works of the past and things that are produced in daily life, and the exploration of an enigmatic Japanesque sensibility in visual expression. By listening closely to what their works are saying, we are sure to realize things that we might normally overlook, and to be affected by these creative expressions.

In broad terms, these are not only the products of an honest and intellectual response to the specific circumstances that the artists are confronted with, but are also linked to their childhood and school-age experiences as Japanese born in the '70s and '80s. In that sense, it is possible to view them as a way of addressing the theme of creating "something significant as a Japanese work of art," an ongoing concern since the Meiji Period of the late 19th century. In addition to locating these works in an appropriate manner based on trends in contemporary Japanese art, in this exhibition, we set out to consider the significance of art today.

Exhibiting Artists: Taro Izumi, Maoya Kishi, Shimon Minamikawa, Satoshi Ohno, Katsuhisa Sato, Teppei Soutome, Nobuaki Takekawa, Kazuyuki Takezaki, Mayuko Wada

  • Organizers: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Sponsored by: ANDO TADAO CULTURE FOUNDATION, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Taro Izumi, Butter(”Manhunt & Sneak dating”, hiromiyoshii, Tokyo, Japan)©Taro Izumi

Satoshi Ohno, Installation view at “The Echo”, ZAIM, Yokohama, 2008 ©Satoshi Ohno

Maoya Kishi, Master (Large) , 2011
©Maoya Kishi Courtesy of Kodama Gallery

Katsuhisa Sato, cut out - mountain, 2007
©Katsuhisa Sato

Saturn, Teppei Soutome, 2011
©Teppei Soutome Courtesy of AOYAMA | MEGURO

Nobuaki Takekawa, Ship in a sea cucumber, 2011
©Nobuaki Takekawa

Kazuyuki Takezaki, Seascape, 2010
©Kazuyuki Takezaki Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN

Shimon Minamikawa, Wild hair, Erika, green yellow, 2010
©Shimon Minamikawa Courtesy of MISAKO & ROSEN

Mayuko Wada, Horse, 2011
©Mayuko Wada Courtesy of Kodama Gallery


Opening Hours

10:00–17:00, Fridays until 19:00
Admission until 30 minutes before closing


(Except for July 16(Mon.), September 17(Mon.),2012, July 17(Tue.), September 18(Tue.), instead)

Admission Fee

Adults : 850 Yen (600 Yen)
University students : 450 Yen (250 Yen)

  • * Including "The Deconstruction of the "I": An Experiment by Kashihara Etsutomu", "Collection"
  • * ( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
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