EXHIBITION

TSUYOSHI MAEKAWA: "Dongoros"is animated by Maekawa.Maekawa expresses through the pure abstraction of colors, forms, and materials showing as they really are.

Information

Period
2020.02.08 - 2020.12.27
First half
2020.02.08 - 2020.06.28
Second half
2020.07.04 - 2020.12.27
Venue
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Exhibition Room (2nd Floor)
Open Hours
Open Hours : 11:00~15:00
* Enter by 30 minutes before close
Closed
Closed on Mondays
Incidental
From July 4th (sat),2020 the exhibition will be available after changing some works partially. No holiday in August.
Ticket
Ticket: General admission: ¥1200,
Visitors over the age of 65, high school and university students: ¥900,
Primary and secondary students: ¥600,
* ¥200 discount from above fees for groups over 20 people
* Preschool children, Disabled : Free, discount for an attendant (half of above fees)
Contact Information
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Tel. 0267-46-8691
Exhibition Section

About the Exhibition

Karuizawa New Art Museum is pleased to announce the solo exhibition” TSUYOSHI MAEKAWA" from our series < Worldwide Artists of Asia with Continuous Evaluation from Today's Perspective> from February 8th, 2020 .

Maekawa, born in 1936 in Osaka, joined an avant-garde art group, "Gutai Art Association” in 1962 and acted as a center of the second generation of “Gutai”.
Maekawa focused on loosely woven thick cloth, “Dongoros”, a material for burlap sacks, and created an expression having elements of both a picture and a three-dimension art by setting torn and pleated “Dongoros” on a screen.

When “Gutai Art Association” was established, Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972), a leader of the group, excluded narrativity accompanying artworks, and advocated an importance of a material itself. You can say that Maekawa is an artist who materialized a thought, “Gutai Art imparts life to matter”, the Gutai Art Manifesto * in 1956, carried by Yoshihara at that time.

Even after 1972, the year “Gutai” was dissolved, Maekawa consistently has concerned about materials and created artworks using various clothes, such as fine, thin and soft hemp cloth and cotton. Maekawa has also been a designer and left experimental artworks with excellent design. He has worked in a search for formation using shapes and colors. In recent years, he has used “Dongoros” again and developed a new phase of works by blending roughness of materials and sophisticated formation.

His works have been highly evaluated in the world. They are collected in museums in each country such as Tate Modern in Britain and received many awards.
In this exhibition, his recent works, created after 2000, including the latest works to be shown for the first time in public, are mainly introduced. The present days of Tsuyoshi Maekawa who actively continues his works even now are also introduced.


* Translated by Reiko Tomii. Originally published as “Gutai bijutsu sengen,” Geijutsu Shinchō 7, no. 12 (December 1956), pp. 202–04.

On the occasion of this exhibition, the text entitled "Why Do I Create Paintings?" written by Tsuyoshi Maekawa
 Introduction by Director Eiichi Matsuhashi
 Let's discover Maekawa's works!
 360°Gallery


Profile

At his atelier

Tsuyoshi Maekawa

Maekawa, born in 1936 in Osaka, joined an avant-garde art group, "Gutai Art Association” in 1962 and acted as a center of the second generation of “Gutai”. Maekawa focused on loosely woven thick cloth, “Dongoros”, a material for burlap sacks, and created an expression having elements of both a picture and a three-dimension art by setting torn and pleated “Dongoros” on a screen.
His works have been highly evaluated in the world. They are collected in museums in each country such as Tate Modern in Britain and received many awards.
In this exhibition, his recent works, created after 2000, including the latest works to be shown for the first time in public, are mainly introduced. The present days of Tsuyoshi Maekawa who actively continues his works even now are also introduced.

Biography

1936  Born in Osaka, Japan.
1955  Graduates from the design course at Kogei Senior High School, Osaka.
1959  Apprenticed to Jiro Yoshihara.
     8th Gutai Art Exhibition, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Ohara Kaikan hall, Tokyo.
     (Hereafter continuous participations from 21th Gutai Art Exhibition in 1968 to the last exhibition ).
1962  Becomes a member of the Gutai Art Association. (Until the dissolution of Gutai)
     Creates paintings with burlap focusing on its materiality and color.
     Kansai Comprehensive Art Exhibition, Grand Prix (Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts).
1963  First Solo Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1966  Gutai Three-Person Exhibition (Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Takesada Matsutani, Shuji Mukai ), Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka.
1978  After the dissolution of the Gutai Maekawa creates the delicate works using hemp cloth and cotton softer than dongoros with fine stiches by a sewing machine.
1981  15th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto.
     Receives Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Award.
1982   4th Japan Emba Prize Exhibition, Emba Museum of Chinese Modern Art, Ashiya.
     Receives the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka Award.
     14th Japan International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
     Receives the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Award.
     5th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Painting, Ube, Yamaguchi. Grand Prize.
1996  Executes a wall painting at Shinsei Lutheran Church, Matsuzaka.
2002  Inaugural Exhibition, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe.
2012  Gutai: The Spirit of an Era, The National Art Center, Tokyo.
2014  Solo Exhibition at an ancient castle organized by Axel Vervooedt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
    《Two Junction》entered into the collection of Tate Modern, London.
2019  Selected 54th Award of Person of Cultural Merit of Osaka Citizen.
2020  Solo Exhibition, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano.


Exhibition Views taken by 360° camera

前川強展「前川強 ドンゴロスは生かされている。 色と形と物質による純粋抽象表現で発言する。」 360°カメラによる展示会場の風景写真です。 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Exhibition Room 5

Post from RICOH THETA. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

From Exhibition Room 6

©KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM