Starting Points: Japanese Art of the ‘80s

 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa presents the exhibition, "Starting Points:Japanese Art of the 80's". As a repercussion of the conceptual and stoic art of the 1970s, and in response to trends in Europe and the United States, Japan in the ’80s bore witness to movements that urged the reinstatement of the painting and sculpture media. What came to prevail as a result was “New Painting” characterized by vibrantly colorful and dynamic brushstrokes that reflected the flourishing economic circumstances of the times.

In the ‘90s, art thrived on the energy of ’80s subcultures such as “otaku,” but as a consequence, ’80s art faded from art historical discourse. In recent years both in Japan and abroad, rapid progress has been made in research on Postwar Japanese art up until the 1970s including “Gutai” and “Mono-ha.” Hence, we now find ourselves compelled to examine Japanese art of the intervening decade— the ’80s.

Looking back, over 30 years later, we will see that art forms and concepts fundamental to today’s art blossomed in the ’80s, such as the art installation, viewer participation in the artwork, valuing relationship with society, the concept of alternative space, media art, perspectives of relativizing the institution of "art,” and the sensitivity to find significance in mundanity and lightness. This exhibition reconsiders Japanese art of the 1980s through contemporary perspectives and introduces works that represent “Starting Points.”

Period :2018.7.7 (Sat.) - 2018.10.21 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)

Venue :Galleries / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Galleries 1~6, 13

Closed:Mondays (Open on July 16, Aug 13, Sep 17, Sep 24, Oct 8), and Jul 17 (Tue.), Sep 18 (Tue.), Sep 25 (Tue.), Oct 9 (Tue.)