28 November, 2012

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art opened on Nov 3rd.

About Tadanori Yokoo

Tadanori Yokoo, born in Nishiwaki city in Hyogo, became an artist after working as a graphic designer for the Kobe Shimbun newspaper. He is an oil painter, book designer and writer. He won the Grand Prize at the 6th Paris Youth Biennal in 1969. Following this success, he has held exhibitions in New York, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Paris, and is recognized as one of Japan’s most successful artists.

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
The museum houses Yokoo’s world-renowned classic collections in addition to pieces by other artists who have worked alongside him. A whole range of special exhibitions related to Tadanori Yokoo will be held here from now on.

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Tadanori Yokoo Exhibition “Hanhanpukupukuhanpukupuku”
November 3 2012 – February 17 2013
The first exhibition of the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened last month, will be “Hanhanpukupukuhanpuku.” Yokoo repeats a particular motif across different works. For example, Pink Girls, a quintessentially 60`s piece, was re-born several times when it was painted again in the 90’s. Meanwhile, in his popular Y-Junctions series, he adds a slight difference each time. Visitors will also be able to experience works Yokoo created exclusively for this exhibition.
  Ohori, 1966                             No goal in life, 2005 
 Tokushima Modern Art Museum              National International Art Museum 
              A Dark Night’s Flashing N City – II (2000)      A Dark Night’s Flashing N City – II (2003)
  Private collection                                          Artist’s collection
Yokoo uses a lot of primary colors in his paintings, so this collection is particularly recommended to those who are fans of contemporary art. Collage art, in which pieces of photos or fabrics are cut and affixed to the canvas, is one of the key characteristics of this collection.
There is also a café called Panda Café inside the museum where visitors can enjoy fresh coffee and hand-made desserts. The lunch menu here is also very much recommended.
Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Location: 3-8-30 Haradadōri, Nada-ku, Kōbe-shi
Opening hours: 10.00 -18.00 (Last entry at 17.30)
                             Friday & Saturday: 10.00 – 20.00 (Last entry at 19.30)
Closed dates: Mondays (If the day falls on a public holiday, the following day will be closed) and New Year’s holidays.
Ticket prices differ from the exhibition. 1st floor’s Open Studio and 4th floor’s Break Room & Library are free to enter.
Inquiry: Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art (Tel: 078-855-5607)
I would like to introduce Hyogo’s great souvenir Banshu-ori in the next issue. Don’t miss it!