'jiro takamatsu: trajectory of work' at the national museum of art, osaka, japan

7 April 2015
The late Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu is the subject of a major retrospective at The National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan.

The exhibition is not only structured around Takamatsu's paintings, prints, and three-dimensional works but also provides a reexamination of his drawings, book and magazine designs, illustrations, and documentary photographs. The exhibition places special emphasis on the way in which the drawings Takamatsu made on a daily basis exerted a subtle and comprehensive effect on his practice; how the artist viewed his book designs and illustrations as opportunities to present a special type of work; and attempts to understand the actual conditions surrounding Takamatsu's creative process based on works that are only extant in documentary form.

Using a timeline, the exhibition focuses on the almost annual shifts in Takamatsu's practice to shed light on the process of change and expansion in his art, which would be difficult to understand based solely on his widely known completed works.

Takamatsu was an influential artist, theorist, and teacher in 1960s and 1970s Japan. His work combined subversive and playful aspects of Dada and Surrealism with an idiosyncratic use of Minimalism's refined visual language. After finishing studies in oil painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1958, Takamatsu worked in a range of mediums, including sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and performance, and probed the material and metaphysical foundations of artistic practice.

The exhibition runs from 7 April until 5 July 2015.

Jiro Takamatsu at The National Museum of Art, Osaka.