Funeral for Bioengineering to Not to Die - Early Works by Arakawa Shusaku

April 17(Sat.) - June 27(Sun.), 2010

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Before moving to New York in December 1961, Arakawa Shusaku produced a large number of three-dimensional works in the shape of coffins. Inside the wooden boxes were lumps of oddly shaped cement placed on top of a bundle of fabric-wrapped wood chips. Here was the death that Arakawa fixed his gaze on in an attempt to reverse our ultimate destiny. In 2007, a project to restore three large-scale works of this type, which had been missing until that point, was completed. In this exhibition, these works will be shown for the first time in Osaka alongside some 20 other early Arakawa works, dating from between 1958 and just prior to the artist's move to the U.S., on loan from a variety of museums from around the country.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • With the sponsorship of Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Einstein Between Matter's Structure and Faintest Sound
1958–59 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
©Shusaku Arakawa photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

From the Series of Another Cemetery No.4 1961

Untitled Endurance No.2 1958(1986) Nagoya City Art Museum
©Shusaku Arakawa


Opening Hours

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


Mondays (Except for May 3 (Mon.))

Admission Fee

Adults : 420 Yen (210 Yen)
University students : 130 Yen (70 Yen)

  • * Including "Collection 1"
  • * ( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
  • * Children (up to High school students), under 18, senior citizens (over 65), disabled people with one attendant: Free
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