Posted on January 10, 2013 by admin
In February 2013, the Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s. Gutai was an association of artists founded by Jiro Yoshihara in Japan in 1954. The ’50s and ’60s, the period during which Gutai emerged, were notable for Japan’s miraculous recovery, which was achieved through soaring economic growth in the wake of the country’s defeat in World War II. Gutai’s creations are the result of an abundance of the challenging spirit and creative energy and the function of the group as a symbol of that era. Gutai was extraordinary for its range of bold and innovative creativity and aesthetic which explored in a unique way materials, processes and performativity. The group had a radical way of experimentation across a range of media and styles, and demonstrated how individual artists could push the limits of art. The range will include paintings, conceptual art, experimental performances and films. The Guggenheim show will contain 120 objects by 25 artists on loan from major museum and private collections in Japan, the U.S. and Europe.
15 Feb – 8 May, 2013 Guggenheim Museum, NYC