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Winter Garden:The exploration of the Micropop Imagination In Contemporary Japanese Art
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Published: May 31 2009

Lyota Yagi "VINYL" (2006); silicon, aqua purificata, phonograph, and freezer ©2006 Lyota Yagi, Courtesy: Mujin-to Production, Tokyo

Makiko Kudo (2006); oil on canvas, 130.5×162cm ©Makiko Kudo Courtesy: Tomio Koyama Gallery

Tam Ochiai "drawing for cat slide" (2007); color pencil and pencil on paper, 152×223.7cm ©Tam Ochiai, Courtesy: Tomio Koyama Gallery

Aya Takano (2009); ballpoint and watercolor on paper, 21×29.8cm ©2009 Aya Takano/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Planned by the Japan Foundation and curated by art critic Midori Matsui to introduce a new generation of contemporary Japanese artists to the world, this traveling exhibition features 47 drawings, paintings and video works by 14 artists who appeared on the art scene during the latter half of the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s. Prior to the start of its world tour this autumn, the show will be held in Japan at the Hara Museum. With the consent of Matsui and the Japan Foundation and the cooperation of the participating artists and their representative galleries, the Hara Museum show will incorporate an installation plan unique to the spatial features of the museum, as well as approximately 10 additional works. The subject of this exhibition is the world of Micropop, a world coined by Midori Matsui to describe the mindset of a new generation of Japanese artists, born in the late 1960s or after, who rearrange fragments of information and knowledge to suggest fresh ways of perceiving the world or five new meanings to the outmoded and banal. * The text was provided by Hara Museum.

Last Updated on May 23 2009

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