STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World

Presenting Works from Six Globally-Renowned Stars of Japan’s Contemporary Art

2020.4.23 [Thu] - 9.6 [Sun]

Presenting Early and Recent Works from Six Globally-Renowned Stars of Japan’s Contemporary Art

Devoting a space to each of the featured artists, STARS presents works from when they first achieved international recognition to more recent period, or even the newly-commissioned works. It will be a magnificent, memorable exhibition of six celebrated artists of our time.

A Perfect Introduction for the Japanese Contemporary Art Novice

STARS combines an emphasis on immersive large-scale installations and powerful video works, with archival displays - offering insight into the history of Japanese contemporary art and the careers of individual artists, stimulating the viewer’s senses and thirst for knowledge. The exhibition offers a close-up experience of the kind unique to contemporary art, made possible by the immediacy of the museum setting.

Archival Display 1 - Career Timelines

Chronologies of major exhibitions, plus catalogues, installation-view photographs, exhibition reviews and other materials related to the six artists will shed light on the international standing of each over the decades.

Archival Display 2 - Fifty Overseas Exhibitions of Japanese Contemporary Art

STARS turns the spotlight on 50 selected exhibitions of Japanese contemporary art staged outside the country since 1950s, providing an overview of each, plus priceless original archival material such as installation photographs, and exhibition reviews written then. It attempts to show how exhibition organizers and curators endeavored to express the concept of “Japan” and how these exhibitions were received (including some trenchant critiques suggesting it was not all plain sailing), in the process unraveling the history of Japanese contemporary art’s acceptance in the wider world.

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