Shozo Shimamoto Exhibition


2016.04.29 - 2016.09.22
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Exhibition Room (2nd Floor)
Open Hours
April - June 10:00-17:00
July - September 10:00 - 18:00
* Enter by 30 minutes before close
Every Tuesday (If Tuesday is a Holiday, following day as Holiday. No Holidays in August)
May 9th (Mon), 2016 is a day closed.
May 3rd(Tue)、4th(Wed)、5th(Thu)are opened.
General admission: ¥1500 (TBD),
Visitors over the age of 65, high school and university students: ¥1200 (TBD),
Primary and secondary students: ¥700 (TBD)
* ¥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

Setting aside conventional tools like ‘paintbrushes’ for creating artistic works, Shimamoto ventured into demonstrating new potentials for art, in which the action to destruct the canvas itself can convey more than what an artist intended. As he discovered new significance in this direct approach, Shimamoto then sought for expressions that reflected strong contingencies. The search lead him to Bottle Crash performances, in which Shimamoto hurled bottles of paint against a canvas to make them explode on the surface, letting the fragments of the bottles and the splattered paint on the surface constitute a tableau painting. The tableau paintings are no longer by-products resulting from actions, but they exert graphicness and uniqueness of their existence.

He also created numerous art works with unique ideas; his Nyotaku series using a living female as his tool, and his Shaved Head Art series using his shaved head as canvas to carry massages and pictures. His artistic career, during which he kept on creating work after work that surpassed the boundaries of himself and others, is nothing but the embodiment of his Gutai spirit “Do something no one has done before”. By showing his life as the artist with the conviction that “Art is to astonish people”, both with his works and recordings of his actions (visual materials) in this exhibition, we hope to offer you an opportunity to take a glimpse of the essence of art.


Mail Art
Date/time : May 3rd and 4th


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Shozo Shimamoto 《Untitled》 2009、Acrylic, broken glass on canvas 、203.2×153.0cm

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Shozo Shimamoto 《Untitled》 2011、Acrylic, mixed media on canvas fixed on wooden panel、92.5×275.0cm

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Shaved Head Art


General Incorporated Foundation Karuizawa New Art Museum


Nobuyuki Senzoku, Kunio Motoe


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Nagano-prefecture, Nagano Prefectural Board of Education, Karuizawa-machi, The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun, JOMO SHINBUN, SHIN-ETSU Broadcasting Co., LTD, Nagano Broadcasting Systems, Inc. TV. Shinshu Broadcasting Co. LTD., Asahi Broadcasting Nagano Co., Ltd. Karuizawa, the Paper (ADAID, Inc.), KaruizawaNEWS, FM KARUIZAWA, Promotional Council for Karuizawa, International City of Arts and Culture, New Wave Gutai-Jin Conference