press release

Japanorama. New vision on art since 1970
20.10.2017 - 05.03.2018

Dedicated to the Japanese visual arts since Osaka Expo in 1970, the exhibition takes a look inside four decades of contemporary art and the affirmation of a visual culture. With a lay-out designed by SANAA like an archipelago, this exploration reveals a multifaceted Japan, not limiting itself to the cliché of the binary opposition of Zen minimalism (Mono-Ha) and surging KawaiiPop. Contemporary art in Japan is also about the poetics of resistance, militant commitment, a common reflection, shared with fashion, on relationships with the body and posthumanism, or on the place of the individual in society, the notion of community, the relationship to an island tradition and dialogue with subcultures. Together with major figures such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Rei Kawakubo, Tetsumi Kudo, Yayoi Kusama, Daido Moriyama, Takashi Murakami, Tadanori Yokoo, the exhibition invites visitors to discover artists rarely seen outside Japan.

Parallel to the exhibition, regular live events will be organized with Japanese contemporary key figures in dance, music, theatre, such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Saburo Teshigawara, Yasumasa Morimura and Ryoji Ikeda.

Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo
Emmanuelle de Montgazon, independent curator for the live performances programme