The contemporary art in Japan is naturally influenced by the world contemporary art. But the power of the Japanese traditions, the oppressive presence of a dense urban environment and the various traumatism undergone by Japan for 60 years (defeat of 1945, Hiroshima, earthquakes, economic crisis, etc.) involve a production very rich, original and little known.
Some examples, paintings, sculptures, photographs, classified very arbitrarily by broad topics: All the artists
The big fears of Japan
Born in the illusion of a perfect Japan, where
the technique was capable of solving any problem, where the lifetime employment
was the standard and where their country invaded the world with its products,
the japanese recover old fears since last fifteen years.
With the long economic crisis, the uncertainty reappear.
Tchernobyl woke the fear of the nuclear and the recollection of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The earthquake of Kobe, very violent and in a region considered as few exposed, highlighted the relative carelessness of the Japanese administration.
This country is perfectly democratic, but the elections do not fascinate the people; it is not the custom to speak about politics in Japan, neither in family, nor between friends.
The Japanese newspapers are numerous and very thick, but their contents are very often insipid.
Tatsumi Orimoto ( b 1945 )
The inexorable increase
of the very old population in Japan, its uncertainty and its isolation are illustrated
by this staged photography
Kenji Yanobe ( born in Osaka , 1965 )
Tsuyoshi Ozawa ( b 1965 in Tokyo )
This installation evokes the precarious condition of the poor Japaneses who live in social exiguous apartments, looking like kennel where only television seems living and where the nature is magnificent, but is often only distant background.
Tadashi Kawamata ( b 1953 in Hokkaïdo )
Ryuji Miyamoto ( b 1947, Tokyo )
He specialized in the photos of buildings
in the course of destruction, industrial fallow lands. He became famous for his
photos of the earthquake of Kobe in January, 1995
Since their youngest age, the Japanese have a uniform, that of the school, then the secondary school. Between 18 and 25 years the young people have very colored and often provocating dresses, but for the greater part, the first employment sounds the hour of return at the costume/white-shirt/dark-tie of "Salary-man" and in the strict suit of "Office-lady".
The artists who want to be famous go either to the provocation, or to the dream, or still in an exaggeration of the commonness of their environment.
Yayoi Kusama ( born 1928, Matsumoto )
One of the largest contemporary artists in Japan.
Yasumasa Morimura (b. in Osaka, 1951 )
Lives and works in Osaka. He exposes since 1980
and specialized in the diversion of paints or photos by substituting his face,
nevertheless unsightly, to that of the famous feminine subjects.
Miwa Yanagi ( Born in 1967, Kobe )
a diploma in 1991 of the University of Kyoto's fine art.
Takanobu Kobayashi (b 1960 )
lives in Tokyo ; worked in France and in Thaïland.
He seeks his identity in the journeys and the dream.
Acrylic on canvas
Series " Return of War":
En l'an 3000, les manipulations génétiques
ont permis de créer un animal comestible, succulent et facile à
Mi-Mi Chan Series:
In the year 3000, a molecular biologist creates MI-MI, a new creature,
very savory and with lovely apparence.
She studies photography in Tokyo. She lives and works in France since 1995.
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