THE HAKONE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM

Permanent Exhibits

Taro Okamoto

Taro Okamoto (Japan, 1911–1996)

L’Homme Végétal, 1971

Reinforced plastic, paint, 360×280×310cm

After relocating to France in 1929, Okamoto gradually moved away from the pure abstract world and discovered surrealism. He returned from France in 1940, and after the war, immediately advocated his ideology of “Polar Opposites” and led the way in Japan’s avant-garde art in terms of theory as well.

In 1970, Okamaoto created Tower of Sun, the symbol for the Osaka Expo.

His famous words, “Geijutsu wa bakuhatsu da (art is an explosion),” expresses his sense of art, which continuously expands without aim while rejecting communication and understanding, as it goes beyond effects, results, and historical, cultural, and chronological boundaries. L'Homme Végétal (meaning “plant man”), too, bursts with dynamic life energy, as if it would keep proliferating with a great sense of freedom.