Exhibition: The Group 1965: We are Boys!
May 21 to July 3 in Dusseldorf Germany

The Group 1965: We are Boys!
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The Japan Foundation (JF) hosts a first-time overseas exhibition in Dusseldorf Germany from May 21 to July 3 to comprehensively introduce the activities of an artist unit “The Group 1965’, whose members were all born in a year of 1965. The unit consists of artists playing an important role at contemporary Japanese art scene, such as Makoto Aida, Sumihisa Arima, Parco Kinoshita, Hiroyuki Matsukage, Oscar Oiwa and Tsuyoshi Ozawa.

The Group 1965 is not an artist collective in the conventional sense of the term. It formed more or less by chance, and its members share little other than their Japanese nationality and the fact that they were all born in 1965. Artists participating in this collective individually produce their works in a wide range of arts, photos, music and performance. Though respective artists express in different ways, they share something in common such as generational background, nonsense, humor and performance. The unit members conduct projects in collaboration or publish books like “The Group 1965’s Tokyo Guide”.
At this exhibition, the members will release in collaboration a new work of “Nagaya (a traditional Japanese urban dwelling of the kind that line the narrow streets in crowded Japanese cities)” for Dusseldorf while they respectively display their own works. Furthermore, lecture, talk sessions, workshop and performances by artists will be presented.
This exhibition will go on a tour to Kiev, Ukraine after Dusseldorf.

Exhibition Outline

Title: The Group 1965: We are Boys!
Dates: May 21 to July 3 Open on May 20
Venue: Kunsthalle, Duesseldorf
Co-host: The Japan Foundation
Supported by: Pola Art Foundation, Dusseldorf City, Stadtwerke Dusseldorf
In corporation with
for workshop
(Designated administrator for Nagareyama City Life Long Learning Center)
Artists: Makoto Aida (painting, photograph, image)
Sumihisa Arima (sound)
Parco Kinoshita (performance)
Hiroyuki Matsukage (photograph, performance, design)
Oscar Oiwa (painting)
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (photograph, installation)
Curator D. Gregor Jansen, Inka Christmann, Hitomi Hasegawa
Official HP http://www.kunsthalle-duesseldorf.de/index.php?id=84

Event Program

<Talk Session>
Date: May 17, 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker: Makoto Aida, Sumihisa Arima, Oscar Oiwa, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Parco Kinoshita, Hiroyuki Matsukage

Date: May 18, 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker: Makoto Aida, Oscar Oiwa

Date: May 19, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“Goshawk” Workshop by Parco Kinoshita
(For children registered in advance)

Date: May 19, 7:00 p.m.
“Echo” by Hiroyuki Matsukage and Sumihisa Arima
“Emergency Karaoke Meeting” by Parco Kinoshita

<Opening Reception>
Date: May 20, 7:00 p.m.
Performance “Echo” by Hiroyuki Matsukage and Sumihisa Arima
Talk Session by Tsuyoshi Ozawa

The History of The Group 1965

1994 Organized at Art Fair NICAF (at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA) Original members were Makoto Aida, Oscar Oiwa, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chie Kaihotsu, Shin Myeong-eun,Yutaka Sone, Parco Kinoshita and Hiroyuki Matsukage.

1996 Chie Kaihotsu, Shin Myeong-eun, Yutaka Sone left the group.

1998 Masamichi Tosa (Maywa Denki at that time) joined the group.

1999 Sumihisa Arima joined the group.

2008 Masamichi Tosa left the group.

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