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Viva Video! : The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota

June 29–September 23, 2021

Viva Video! : The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota

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This exhibition will be the first major survey of the art of Shigeko Kubota (1937-2015) in Japan nearly in three decades. Born in Niigata and educated in Tokyo, Kubota moved to New York in 1964 to join the Fluxus movement. In the 1970s she became internationally known as a pioneering artist for her “video sculpture,” which integrated video into three-dimensional structures. Her contribution to contemporary art, however, has yet to be adequately evaluated. 

The Viva Video! exhibition provides a survey of Japanese American female artist Shigeko Kubota, with the latest research in context for international audiences. Shortly after the artist’s passing in 2015, the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation was established in New York at the bequest of the artist to preserve and further study of Kubota’s life and legacy, in addition to advancing the field of video art. Drawing significantly from the collection of recently restored sculptures, drawings, photographs, and ephemera of the Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation, and complementing them with additional works from Japanese museums and archival materials from the artist’s family, the exhibition will showcase a diverse array of materials for the first time.

What was Kubota thinking and seeking as a female artist who was developing her art on the world stage in the dawn of new media art? The exhibition will present multivalent views of Kubota’s life and work, through drawings, photographs, archival documents, video, including her Duchampiana video sculpture series. The exhibition is scheduled to tour three museums across Japan, starting in Niigata, her hometown, in spring 2021, traveling to Osaka in summer, and ending in Tokyo in February 2022.

Period
June 29–September 23, 2021
Opening Hours

10:00–17:00 (10:00–21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).
10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays temporarily
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Closed
Mondays (except Aug. 9, Sep. 20) and Aug. 10.
  • Organizers: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
  • Sponsors: Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  • Grant support: Terra Foundation for American Art, Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs, The Pola Art Foundation

“The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. 
Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.”

Grant support

Admission

Adults: 1,200 yen / University students: 700 yen

  • Admission free for visitors under 18 years old and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant (proof required).

Discounted Admission
Adults: 1,000 yen / University students: 600 yen
This discount is offered to those who meet any of the following conditions:

  • Groups of 20 or more
  • Visitors who enter after 17:00 on Fri. or Sat.
  • Visitors who purchase both “Viva Video!: The Art and Life of Shigeko Kubota” and “TAKANO RYUDAI: DAILY PHOTOGRAPHS 1999-2021” (concurrent exhibition) tickets at our museum ticket counter at the same time (only applicable to adult tickets)
  • Organizers: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
  • Sponsors: Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts
  • Grant support: Terra Foundation for American Art, Japan Agency for Cultural Affairs, The Pola Art Foundation

“The Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States for national and international audiences. Recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art, the foundation provides opportunities for interaction and study, beginning with the presentation and growth of its own art collection in Chicago. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. 
Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.”

Grant support

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