IMAGINARY MUSEUM of the O-collection - magical museum tour Room 5

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IMAGINARY MUSEUM of the O-collection - magical museum tour Room 5

"Chiezo Taro – Posthuman artist"




TitleIMAGINARY MUSEUM of the O-collection - magical museum tour Room 5
"Chiezo Taro – Posthuman artist"
Date 2008.8.2(Sat) - 2008.9.21(Sun)
Time11:00 - 19:00
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Wonder Site
Satoshi Okada, Representative, Art Acephale
TWS Hongo
ArtistChiezo Taro

Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo is to host an exciting new exhibition in the IMAGINARY MUSEUM of the O-collection - magical museum tour. This latest installment in the series is Room 5 "Chiezo Taro - Posthuman artist".

This latest show, the continuation of a series launched last year, is like the others composed of works from the collection of Mr. Satoshi Okada. Our aim is to provide a permanent venue for works by emerging Japanese contemporary artists similar to the permanent exhibitions in an art museum. In conjunction with the series, programs such as TWS-Emerging and INDEX#4 involving students and young artists in their 20s and 30s are being run to help forge ties among artists, and artists and art lovers. Two shows were exhibited last year to considerable acclaim: Room 1: Kuwahara & Kato - According to the "basso ostinato" of Japanese traditional mentality and Room 2: Yuichi Higashionna, Daisuke Ohba & Akiyoshi Mishima - Design and Soul.

The Okada collection includes numerous leading works by emerging Japanese artists, but selected from unconventional perspectives while the artists in question were still unknown. The collection could also be described as an attempt to explore the depths of what it means to be human, including the irrationality of human nature. In that the works here reflect and convey the diverse sensibilities emanating from the megalopolis of Tokyo, they go beyond the confines of a personal collection to present a universal challenge.
Room 5 showcases the work of Chiezo Taro. This show in a series of rooms at an imaginary art museum will run for approximately five months. Watch out after that for the next installment Room 6, featuring work by Toshiyuki Konishi and Fumiaki Akahane.

Taro, and old friend of mine, is in my view some kind of mad scientist rather than an artist. He got aware of the limitations of anthropocentric thinking quite early, and the works he comes up with are all grotesque pieces of art that seem to be ridiculing the value concepts of inwardness. That grotesqueness tells us through suddenly appearing notions of violence about the presence of something huge and horrendous beyond human scale, and it is the existence of that menace that serves as the best proof of the invalidity of anthropocentric thinking. What better description than "posthuman artist" for him then?

(Satoshi Okada Representative, Art Acephale)

《Dr. Strange LOVE》1998 oil on canvas

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Opening reception

August 2 (Sat) 17:00-19:00

Participating Creator

TARO Chiezo