ジャポニスム2018|Japonismes 2018


(Left) Yu-ichi Inoue, Muga, 1956, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, © UNAC TOKYO (Right) Yu-ichi Inoue, Hin, 1972, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, © UNAC TOKYO

  • Exhibitions
  • July 14 - September 15, 2018 September 29 - December 17, 2018

YU-ICHI INOUE 1916-1985 -The Liberation of Calligraphy

Yu-ichi Inoue was a calligrapher who reshaped the concept of Japanese calligraphy, creating provocative art that qualified him as an avant-garde artist. This show features the world of his original, aggressive form of artistic expression.

The calligrapher, Yu-ichi Inoue (1916-1985), was one of the most inventive of the post-war avant-garde artists. He transcended the boundaries of traditional Japanese calligraphy, sublimating it in art in the form of paper and ink. Focusing on well-known works by Inoue, this solo exhibition shines a light on the rich and diverse monochrome world that he created with simple materials and techniques using paper and ink.
In this exhibition, we introduce various types of works—Muga [Selflessness], one of Inoue’s definitive works from his early period, Hin [Poverty], which expresses a way of living and philosophy, and the single-character work Hana [Flower], which makes use of unusual substances and techniques involving glue (ink) and frozen ink—as well as presenting longer works such as Kenji Miyazawa Children’s Story: The Nighthawk Star, which the artist created using Conté crayons, pencils and charcoal. In this way, we hope to draw closer to the core of the work of Yu-ichi Inoue, who continually explored how the traditional culture of Japanese calligraphy could find its place within world art.

・Period and venue:
 Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris July 14 – September 15, 2018
 Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi September 29 – December 17, 2018
・Organized by:
 The Japan Foundation, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi
・With Special Support of:
 The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
・In cooperation with:
 ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD., UNAC TOKYO, KAMIMORI Foundation
・Curator:
 Yuji Akimoto, Director and Professor of The University Arts Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts and Director of Nerima Art Museum
 
 
(Updated: 6/15/2018)