Utakata and Debris: Heisei Art 1989–2019
Venue [ Higashiyama Cube ]
About the Exhibition
“Utakata and Debris: Heisei Art 1989–2019” is the fourth exhibition planned for Higashiyama Cube during the inaugural year. Sawaragi Noi, a leading art critic since the 1990s, is overseeing the exhibition plan. He previously planned and supervised the 1999 cutting edge Ground Zero Japan exhibition at Mito Art Tower, an impressive cross section of Japanese contemporary art dating from around 1990. His concept for this exhibition, and his particular selection of artists and works, follows the viewpoint of his 1998 book Japan/Modern/Art and the discussion that publication generated. Sawaragi’s 2017 Seismic Art Theory proposed that Japan’s art history, marked by keywords ‘forgetting’ and ‘recurring,’ is influenced by repeated exposure to earthquakes and tsunami. The book was awarded the 2017 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts.
This exhibition focuses on Japanese art from 1989 to 2019, the Heisei Period. It reflects on the response of Japanese artists to frequent earthquakes and other natural disasters, and to the economic stagnation following the collapse of the ‘bubble’ economy. The display in Kyoto of bold and experimental contemporary art spanning a period of 30 years will bring this location to the forefront as a cutting-edge destination of the latest expressions of culture and art.
- Jan. 23 (Sat) – Apr. 11 (Sun), 2021
- Higashiyama Cube
Art critic. Born in Chichibu in 1962. Publications include Nihon gendai bijutsu (Japan/Modern/Art) (Shinchosha Publishing, 1998), Shimyureshonizumu (Simulationism) (Enlarged edition, Chikuma Arts and Sciences Library, 2001), “Bakushin-chi” no geijutsu (Art Ground Zero Japan) (Shobunsha, 2002), Senso to banpaku (War and the World’s Fair) (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 2005), Han ato nyumon (Introduction to Anti-Art) (Gentosha, 2010), Gobijutsuron (Post-Art Theory)(Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, 2015, recipient of Hidekazu Yoshida Award), Shin bijutsuron (Seismic Art Theory) (Bijutsu Shuppansha, 2017). Exhibitions include Anomaly (Röntgen Kunst Institut, 1992) and Ground Zero Japan(Mito Art Tower, 1999). Sawaragi is a currently professor at Tama Art University.