GUTAI STILL ALIVE
2022.06.10 - 2022.07.18
10:00 - 17:00
KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F Gallery 2, 3
- 2022.06.10 - 2022.07.18
- KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM 1F Gallery 2, 3
- Open Hours
- 10:00 - 17:00
- Closed on Monday
- Free entrance
About the Exhibition
“GUTAI”, officially known as Gutai Art Association, is the first radical, post-war artistic group in Japan. Founded in 1954 with the aim to go beyond abstraction and pursue enthusiastically the possibilities of pure creativity, they emphasized that Gutai art does not alter matter but rather speaks of the delicate interaction between spirit and matter that ultimately enables art to tell a story. The name “GUTAI” was meant to “present concrete proof that our spirit is free.” “Sprit” was considered to be specific to each individual but also an abstract entity. GUTAI was formed by a collection of young artists led by Jiro Yoshihara. Under this charismatic leader, a group of young artists cheerfully challenged the boundaries circumscribing traditional art works.
This exhibition, entitled "GUTAI STILL ALIVE," will feature 14 Gutai artists. We have a tendency to consider GUTAI as a movement on historical context however, some artists who belonged to the group including Tsuyoshi Maekawa have been still working actively to break a new ground. As well as the group’s further international reputation for the last decade, the word “GUTAI” itself has been mentioned in various discourses on art. What have the members gained from “GUTAI”, how have they pursued their own creative spirit bridging it to today, and why have we been so intensely fascinated with “GUTAI” ? It will be our great pleasure if this exhibition would show even a portion of the charm of this unprecedented group.
Jiro YOSHIHARA, Shozo SHIMAMOTO, Michio YOSHIHARA, Chiyu UEMAE, Yozo UKITA, Atsuko TANAKA, Kazuo SHIRAGA, Sadamasa MOTONAGA, Yasuo SUMI, Tsuyoshi MAEKAWA, Takesada MATSUTANI, Yuko NASAKA, Sadaharu HORIO, Yutaka MATSUDA
Artist: Tsuyoshi MAEKAWA / Untitled 151009 / Size: 162.1 × 130.3 cm / Medium: Burlap, oil on canvas / Date: 1985
Artist: Tsuyoshi MAEKAWA / Work 131012 / Size: 32.0 × 41.0 cm / Medium: Jute, Oil on Canvas / Date: 2003