Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde


Website: MoMA

Dates: November 18 2012 – February 25 2013

Location: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497

Admission price: $25/$14

From the mid-1950s through the 1960s, Tokyo transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international center for arts, culture, and commerce, becoming home to some of the most important art being made at the time. Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, provides a focused look at the extraordinary concentration and network of creative individuals and practices in this dynamic city during these turbulent years, with the work of around 60 artists on view. Featuring over 200 works of various media—painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, drawings, and graphic design, as well as video and documentary film—the exhibition will offer a story of artistic crossings, collaborations, and, at times, conflicts, with the city as an incubator.

In conjunction with Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, MoMA will present a 40-film retrospective of the Art Theater Guild, the independent film company that radically transformed Japanese cinema by producing and distributing avant-garde and experimental works from the 1960s until the early 1980s. The retrospective will feature such filmmakers as Teshigahara Hiroshi, Shindo Kaneto, Imamura Shohei, Oshima Nagisa, Matsumoto Toshio, and Wakamatsu Koji, and will run concurrently with the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue. The exhibition is co-organized and supported by the Japan Foundation. The exhibition is made possible by UNIQLO.

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