Art Brut from Japan, Another Look - November 30, 2018 through April 28, 2019



Art Brut from Japan, Another Look features works by twenty-four Art Brut creators who are working in Japan today. It comes as a follow-up to Art Brut from Japan, the first-ever exhibition of this kind of art outside Japan, which was presented at the Collection de l’Art Brut in 2008. Since then, the impact and influence of that groundbreaking exhibition have been considerable, and Art Brut from Japan has been shown at art centers, museums, galleries, and art fairs in Europe and North America, as well as in notable exhibitions within Japan.

As the phenomenon of Art Brut has become better known within Japan, the works of local creators have gained media attention there, but misunderstandings about the history and nature of this kind of art also have emerged among the general public. At the same time, because very little market infrastructure exists in Japan for the sale and distribution of works made by Japanese creators of Art Brut, direct access to this kind of art has been limited. Art lovers outside Japan have found it difficult to acquire their works.

Making such remarkable creations enticingly available again, the exhibition Art Brut from Japan, Another Look showcases a wide variety of works in different media by Japanese creators, including paintings, drawings, ceramic sculptures, mixed-media assemblages, and more. These artworks will be shown in a European museum for the very first time. As this new exhibition demonstrates, genuine Art Brut from Japan is being produced today by a wide range of individuals, young and old, urban and rural. What their creations have in common is that they are all produced on the margins of mainstream society and culture, even if they sometimes reflect subjects or influences from popular culture and the mainstream.

Curated by Edward M. Gómez, a specialist in Japanese art and culture, and the senior editor of Raw Vision, the international magazine about Art Brut and Outsider Art, Art Brut from Japan, Another Look brings our understanding of contemporary Japanese creators in this field up to date. As Gómez observes in the exhibition’s bilingual, French-and-English catalog, this revealing exhibition “draws upon a deeper understanding of the particular social and historical conditions, and of the critical context [...] in which Japanese Art Brut creators have produced their works.” This exhibition, he notes, has emerged out of all-new, independent relationships developed by the Collection de l’Art Brut with institutions, artists, collectors, and other sources both within and outside Japan. As Sarah Lombardi, the museum’s director, also points out in the catalog, Art Brut from Japan, Another Look “broadens our vision of Japan’s culture by introducing us to works that are at once sophisticated, amusing, powerful, inventive, and dissident.”

Curator: Edward M. Gómez, in collaboration with Sarah Lombardi

Artworks by Kōmei BEKKI, Hiroyuki DOI, HEBIME, Momoka IMURA, Moeko INADA, Kazumi KAMAE, Itsuo KOBAYASHI, Norimitsu KOKUBO, Toshirō KUWABARA, MIRUKA, Akina MIURA, MONMA, Issei NISHIMURA, Kōji NISHIOKA, Ryūji NOMOTO, Toshio OKAMOTO, Fumiko ŌKURA, Eiichi SHIBATA, STRANGE KNIGHT, Atsushi SUGIURA, Katsuyoshi TAKENAKA, Takuya TAMURA, Yasuyuki UENO, Nana YAMAZAKI, Akiko YOKOYAMA.

The "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" in the medias:

Le Japon se découvre brut, Florence Millioud-Henriques, 24 Heures, 1er décembre 2018
Banzaï, art brut!, Françoise Monnin, Artension, nov-déc 2018


Practical information

Dates

november 30, 2018 - April 28, 2019

Opening reception

Thursday 29 november 2018, 6:30pm

Publication

Edward M. Gómez, Tadashi Hattori, Sarah Lombardi, Art Brut du Japon, un autre regard / Art Brut from Japan, Another Look, under the direction of Sarah Lombardi, Lausanne/Milan, Collection de l’Art Brut / 5 Continents Editions, 2018, 21x 27 cm, 184 pages, 105 color plates.

Guided tours

Upon request for groups and classes: in French, German, English.

Press kits

To download french, en english, en german, en english/japonese

Accessibility

The exhibition Art Brut from Japan, Another Look is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Associated event(s)

  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition in Japanese - Saturday 8 December 2018, 02:15 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.
  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition in English - Sunday 9 December 2018, 02:15 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.
  • Public opening of the exhibition "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" - Thursday 29 November 2018, 06:30 pm
  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition - Saturday 26 January 2019, 02:00 pm
  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition - Saturday 6 April 2019, 02:15 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.
  • Young People's Workshop "Digging your hands into the clay" - Saturday 26 January 2019, 02:00 pm
  • Young People's Workshop "Digging your hands into the clay" - Saturday 9 March 2019, 02:00 pm
  • Young People's Workshop "Digging your hands into the clay" - Saturday 6 April 2019, 02:00 pm
  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition for teachers - Thursday 17 January 2019, 05:00 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.
  • Free guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" exhibition - Saturday 26 January 2019, 04:00 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.
  • Lecture and guided tour of the "Art Brut from Japan, Another Look" by Edward. M. Gómez - Wednesday 20 February 2019, 06:00 pm
  • Young People's Workshop "Digging your hands into the clay" - Saturday 23 March 2019, 02:00 pm - online booking, within the limits of the seats available.

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