International Symposium “In Search of a New Narrative of Postwar Japanese Art—What Becomes Visible through the Exhibitions at the Two Modern Art Museums in New York and Tokyo”

  • "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
    MOMAT 60th Anniversary Exhibition
  • "Art Will Thrill You!: The Essence of Modern Japanese Art"
    Part 2: "Experimental Ground 1950s" (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

An International Symposium

"In Search of a New Narrative of Postwar Japanese Art - What Becomes Visible through the Exhibitions at the Two Modern Art Museums in New York and Tokyo"

The Japan Foundation has collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA) to organize the exhibition "Tokyo 1955 - 1970: A New Avant-Garde". In the years from 1955 to 1970 - a critical historical crossroads in postwar Japan - Tokyo transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international center for arts and culture, as well as commerce.The exhibition presents works of various media - painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, graphic design, experimental film and animation - in order to introduce the density of interconnections between artists and their myriad avant-garde experimentations that emerged as artists drew on the energy of this rapidly growing and transforming metropolis.

In the second part of "Art Will Thrill You!: The Essence of Modern Japanese Art," the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is presenting "Experimental Ground 1950s," a retrospective of Japanese art in the 1950s, when the museum was just getting started. With a focus on interaction across genres, this exhibition reinterprets the enthusiasm of 1950s art, which attempted to participate actively in the changes in post-war society, including the political scene.

An international symposium has been organized to take advantage of the opportunity provided by two modern art museums, one in Tokyo and the other New York, simultaneously holding large-scale exhibitions on post-war Japanese art, especially on 1950s and 1960s. At the symposium, the curators of the two exhibitions will talk about the backgrounds and ideas for their exhibitions, followed by a wide ranging discussion, incorporating input from researchers from Japan and America on topics such as differences with past exhibitions in terms of historical perspectives, and also commonalities and points of divergence between the two exhibitions. The aim of this symposium is to enhance exchange and communication between Japanese and American researchers in the area of contemporary and modern art, and to potentially lead to new narratives in post-war Japanese art.

Outline
Date Sunday, December 23, 2012 (Doors open at 12:30 p.m., starts 1:00 p.m., ends 5:30 p.m.)
Venue B1 level, Auditorium (seats 150), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (simultaneous interpretation provided)
Organizers The Japan Foundation and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Panelists

Doryun Chong (Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Gabriel Ritter (Assistant Curator, Dallas Museum of Art)
Katsuo Suzuki (curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Michio Hayashi (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University)
Yuji Maeyama (Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama)

[Contact Us]

The Japan Foundation
Arts and Culture Dept.
Americas Section
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Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6061

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