Expected: Now Japan

Exhibition with 37 contemporary Japanese artists

Momoyo TORIMITSU Somehow, I Don't
Feel Comfortable
2000 © Keizo Kioku
Courtesy of MISA SHIN GALLERY
Masaru IWAI Galaxy Wash
2008 / film still / courtesy: the artist

This autumn Kunsthal KAdE presents a major exhibition of Japanese art today. The group show will feature 37 contemporary artists of Japanese origin. Over the last fifteen years, Takashi Murakami and his Superflat-movement have stolen the show with his cartoon-like figurative style, based on manga and anime. This has dominated recent exhibitions of contemporary Japanese art in Europe and the United States. In ‘Now Japan’, KAdE reveals the existence of many other artistic styles and concerns in the Japanese archipelago. One focus of the exhibition is Japanese artists’ response to the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011.

Unlike those in many other ‘non-Western’ countries, artists in Japan have been involved in virtually every international artistic movement since World War II: the Informal movement (Gutai group), Op Art (Soto), Fluxus (Yoko Ono), Conceptualism (On Kawara), performance art (Yayoi Kusama) and Postmodernism (Murakami). In today’s diffuse and multiform international art world, positions are increasingly individualised. Schools and movements have disappeared, to be replaced by attitudes and trends. New-style developments are universal and ‘global’, but often also local in flavour. Accordingly, the works selected for this exhibition have a certain Japanese character, although the artists concerned cannot be defined purely in terms of their local culture.

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Addres //
Smallepad 3 / 3811 MG Amersfoort
Opening hours // Tue-Fri 11-17 // Sat-Sun 12-17

Gefördert von der Japan Foundation.