Jiro Takamatsu and Three Exhibitions in 1970

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Wednesday, 27 September 2017
  • Lecture by Yohko Watanabe in the Institute's seminar room, starting at 6pm

In 1970 Jiro Takamatsu participated in three important exhibitions: Asia’s first world fair, Expo ’70, Osaka (March), 10 Tokyo Biennale ‘70: Between Man and Matter (May), and August 1970: Aspects of New Japanese Art, held at Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in August, which included many Mono-ha (literally, ‘School of Things’) artists.

His participation demonstrates his unique place in the Japanese art world at that time, given that these three exhibitions were very different, and in part conflicted with each other. Takamatsu was on the one hand an established artist regarded on a national level, and on the other a challenging one whose work could also be exhibited with the work of a younger generation. Moreover the Tokyo Biennale provided him with an international context where he displayed his first pieces of the series Oneness

This lecture by Prof. Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Centre) examines this fascinating and significant year in Takamatsu's personal life, looking at the artist's exhibition history and achievements of nearly fifty years ago. With a response by Dr Joy Sleeman (Slade School of Fine Art).

Yohko Watanabe has been Professor and Curator at Keio University Art Center since 2006. She has curated and organised exhibitions held at Keio University Art Space since it opened in 2011. Before taking up her current role Yohko held senior curatorial roles at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum where she curated the exhibitions On the Earth (2003), Revolution: Art of the 60s (1995) and Structure and Remembrance: Toya, Endo and Kennochi (1991). She was a Visiting Fellow at Tate Research Centre: Asia in 2016.

Joy Sleeman is Reader in Art History and Theory at UCL Slade School of Fine Art. Her research is focused on the histories of sculpture and landscape, especially 1960s and 1970s land art. Together with Nicholas Alfrey and Ben Tufnell, she co-curated the most comprehensive exhibition of British land art to date, Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966–1979, for the Arts Council Collection and Hayward Touring. It toured to four UK venues in 2013–14. Since 2000 she has been a member of the editorial board of the Sculpture Journal, the leading academic journal for research in sculpture.

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