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Okamoto Taro - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth


Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery (1F)




10:00-17:00 (Friday is 10:00-17:00)
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing


Closed on Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2) and March 22, 2011

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Day ticket (Advance ticket / Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults: 1,300 (1,100 / 900)
College / University students: 900 (800 / 600)
High school students: 400 (300 / 200)

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*Advance ticket: sale from November 18, 2010 through March 7, 2011.
*Middle school age and under 15 are free of charge.
*Including the admission fee for Morphology of Emptiness and Permanent Collection.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.


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Okamoto Taro (1911-1996) is probably one of the most well-known artists in Japan of the latter half of the 20th century. He created Tower of the Sun for Expo ’70 held in Osaka, made comments full of impact such as “Art is explosion,” and frequently appeared on television. Even after his death in 1996, more and more people, especially the young generation, are showing renewed interest in the artist. In 1998, the studio he worked in during his lifetime was opened to the public as the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. Topics concerning Okamoto never cease to attract our attention. In 1999, the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki opened. Furthermore, in recent years, his monumental mural Tomorrow’s Mythology was rediscovered in Mexico and installed in Shibuya in 2008.
Amidst the posthumous reevaluation of this artist, on the one hand, his positive energy is emphasized. However, on the other hand, the fact that he poignantly said “No” to a variety of existing values and occasionally bewildered the people around him seems to be on the verge of being forgotten. In order to re-appreciate Okamoto, we should not be satisfied simply by taking in his vitality with a passive attitude. Isn’t it necessary to confront the arrows of criticism he shot head-on as arrows aimed at ourselves?
Okamoto Taro’s life was indeed a sequence of “confrontations.” With “confrontation” as the keyword, in this exhibition, the opponents he confronted are divided into seven chapters. Approximately 130 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and designs produced through tough struggle are introduced. We hope they will provide an opportunity for us to consider how we should interpret his “confrontations” today.

Prologue: Non!
Chapter 1: Confrontation with Picasso – The Paris Period
Chapter 2: Confrontation with “Pretty” Art – Polarism
Chapter 3: Confrontation with “Wabi-Sabi” – Rediscovering Japan
Chapter 4: Confrontation with ”Progress and Harmony for Mankind” – Osaka Expo ’70
Chapter 5: Confrontation with the War – Tomorrow’s Mythology
Chapter 6: Confrontation with the Consumer Society – Public Art, Design, and Mass Media
Chapter 7: Confrontation with Okamoto Taro
Epilogue: The Spirit of Okamoto Taro Inherited
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo