TADANORI YOKOO: Art of Inspiration
March 19 (Sat.) – August 28 (Sun.), 2016
The Hakone Open-Air Museum Main Gallery
In this exhibition Tadanori Yokoo has added elements of his own unique world to the works of various artists. A self-taught artist, his interest in art began when he was five years old and copied a picture of the samurai swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, from a picture book published by Kodansha. He continues to include a wide range of images in his work and it can be said that the true essence of his work lies in ‘appropriation’. In particular, his experience of seeing the Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1980 was so influential on him that it led to him taking up painting.
This exhibition will present numerous works that express respect and the esprit of other artists, introducing the art cosmos of a single painter that surpasses time and space. The works that provide the base for these paintings are by such artists as Picasso, Duchamp, de Chirico, Picabia, etc. Confronted with the great artists and masterpieces of their times, he opens his heart, revealing his ambivalence, humor and sometimes criticism, expressing his convictions and the joy he receives from painting. Through this communion with the great masters we aim to draw nearer to the central core of Yokoo’s art, and we hope that you will also be able to enjoy learning about the history of art.
In addition to this theme, he also takes a commercially available car and uses it to create an ‘art car’ that is displayed in the exhibition. Following on from the wrapping of trains on the JR Kakogawa line, it marks the second appearance of his ‘mobile art’.
photo：Eriko MatsumotoTadanori Yokoo
1936：Born in Nishiwaki, Taka-gun, Hyogo Prefecture
1967：The Museum of Modern Art [MoMA], New York acquires 15 Yokoo posters for its permanent collection
1970：Art-directs the Fiber Pavilion of Osaka Exposition
1974：Solo exhibition [Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam]
1981：Converts from a graphic designer to a painter
2000：Elected to the Hall of Fame, New York ADC
2006：Solo exhibition [Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris]
2013：Solo exhibition [Iwate Museum of Art / Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art]
Awarded the title of the first honorary citizen of Nishiwaki City
Teshima Yokoo House opens
Solo exhibition [Aomori Museum of Art]
Solo exhibition [Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art]
2015：International Pop [Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / Dallas Museum of Art / Philadelphia Museum of Art]
The World Goes Pop [Tate Modern. London]
Receives the 27th Praemium Imperiale Awards in Honor of Prince Takamatsu
The main exhibition work
- 【Artist that has been the subject 1】
- 【Artist that has been the subject 2】
Leonardo da Vinci
- 【Artist that has been the subject 3】
Niki de Saint Phalle
- 【Artist that has been the subject 4】
- 【Artist that has been the subject 5】
- 【Artist that has been the subject in the exhibition work】
Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis-Marie Martinez Picabia, Leonardo da Vinci,
Fra' Angelico, Peter Paul Rubens, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres,
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Jean-François Millet, Arnold Böcklin, Henri Julien Félix Rousseau, Paul Delvaux,
René François Ghislain Magritte, Federico Fellini, other
Tadanori Yokoo has created numerous paintings during his career and when doing so, he uses paper plates as palettes. One painting is born from each palette. Resembling abstract paintings in their own right, the paintings and palettes represent the two sides of Yokoo’s work.
Yokoo intuitively chooses the spot on the palette where to squeeze out the paint to mix his colors. The palettes embody the colors and shapes he produces quite instinctively, with no intervention of aesthetic consciousness. They are not like paintings, in which intuition and reason are finely balanced, they are a form of ‘inspirational art’.
Yokoo considers these palettes to be ‘works’ in their own right and has carefully built up a collection of several hundred that he has used during several decades of artistic activity. These palettes will also be displayed in the exhibition.
The CAR-leidoscope represents the culmination of these palettes and is also the first work he has ever created using a car as a base. Coming into contact with the huge number of palettes employed, the viewer will no doubt be able to discover numerous narratives within the work. It represents the arrival of ‘mobile art’.
CAR-leidoscope 2016 ＜Image of the painting palette that became the basis of the design＞
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