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Gutai: Splendid Playground at Guggenheim NY

15.02.2013 - 08.05.2013/General, Gallery
Gutai: Splendid Playground at Guggenheim NY
Retrospective exhibition devoted to Gutai

Guggenheim Museum New York
February 15–May 8, 2013

In February 2013, the Guggenheim Museum will open the first U.S. museum retrospective exhibition ever devoted to Gutai, the most influential artists collective and artistic movement in postwar Japan and among the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and ‘60s. The exhibition aims to demonstrate Gutai’s extraordinary range of bold and innovative creativity; to examine its aesthetic strategies in the cultural, social and political context of postwar Japan and the West; and to further establish Gutai in an expanded, transnational history and critical discourse of modern art.

Gutai: Splendid Playground explores the group’s radical experimentation across a range of media and styles, and demonstrates how individual artists pushed the limits of what art could be or mean in a post-atomic age. The range includes painting (gestural abstraction and post-constructivist abstraction), conceptual art, experimental performance and film, indoor and outdoor installation art, sound art, mail art, interactive or “playful” art, light art and kinetic art.

Gutai: Splendid Playground is organized by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor of Art History, Carleton University, and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum.

More information on www.guggenheim.org/
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