Yokoo Tadanori Prints Retrospective - HANGA JUNGLE-

Planned Exhibition


Yokoo Tadanori - HANGA JUNGLE-


Main Features of the Exhibition



Great retrospective exhibition of HANGA

A total of 250 works – about 230 prints including new prints, almost all of his HANGA works, and about 20 “ HANGA” works which used to be considered as posters – will be on display. This great retrospective exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of HANGA from the 1960s to today!!

Are we in the jungle!? A spectacular exhibition space

Yokoo’s HANGA will be displayed on every wall of the temporary exhibition room. His production style never remains the same and Yokoo’s HANGA works create a complex and diverse jungle of ecosystems, transforming our exhibition room into a brightly colored space!!

“Beyond” the image of HANGA

From giant HANGA to painting-like HANGA and poster-like HANGA – The “hyper prints” which could change the idea of conventional “prints” are all displayed here!!

Exhibition Overview



After producing brightly colored posters flavored with eros and mysticism for underground theaters in the1960s, Tadanori Yokoo gained attention as a leading designer who had an impact on Japanese culture, using his graphical skills to set the trends of the time. Since then Yokoo has gained generous media exposure as a “man in the limelight.” At the same time, he has been actively engaged in HANGA production. Even after he “retired” from graphic design and took up painting in 1982, he has continued producing works beyond the framework of “prints.”

The descriptive words of this exhibition are “HANGA” and “JUNGLE.” In this exhibition, “HANGA,” now used in English and accepted globally, connotes “hyper prints” which does not draw on the image of traditional Japanese woodcuts.
Another descriptor, “JUNGLE,” symbolizes the overlapping of Yokoo’s diversity of expressions with jungle images. His works, whereby all things in the universe were depicted by instinct and impulse, conjure images of a primitive jungle, producing complex and diverse ecosystems through the coexistence of living creatures.

Based on these descriptive words, this exhibition attempts to bring out an extraordinary universe of expression with Tadanori Yokoo’s HANGA works covering every wall, in images of the JUNGLE where all living creatures exist in gregarious harmony.
This space will help you to visualize the significance, in terms of present context, of Yokoo’s bold stand against modernism, which stresses the importance of logical thinking, and even foresee the future of contemporary prints.


<Presented Works>
Tadanori Yokoo’s approximately 230 prints and 20 posters: Approximately 250 works in total.

Layout of Exhibition

I 1968-1970 Production Process to Produce Works: Prints and Printing


《Torture C》
1969, silk screen, 90.8×67.8 cm.
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
《Landscape No. 13 Red-“Cat”》
1969, silk screen, 90×90 cm.
Private collection

II 1973-1974 Illusion of Paradise and the Millennium


《Blue Wonderland》
1973, silk screen, 241.8×292 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
《Tarzan is Coming (green)》
1974, silk screen, 102.5×72.5 cm.
Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

III 1980-1984 Declaration as a Painter: From Drawing to Painting


《No. 6》
1980, silk screen, 77.3×56.1 cm.
Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

IV 1984-1986 Body and Nature


《Lisa-Lyon in Izukogen, March 23, 1984-I》
1986, woodcut, 100.7×80 cm.
Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

V 1986-1991 Citation from Famous Paintings: To Personal Paintings


《Precognition IV》
1989, silk screen, 112.0×71.0 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
《Picabia – His Love and Sincerity II》
1989, silk screen, 153.3×100.1 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

VI 1990-Present Then and Now


《Old Tales Now-Moat》1991, silk screen, 119.5×80.1 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts
《Shanghai Hi-Yoo Koo Soo》
2010, silk screen, 76.0×56.0 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

VII HANGA Poster? Print?


《TADANORI YOKOO》
1965, silk screen, 103.5×73.4 cm.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

Exhibition Information


DurationSaturday, April 22 - Sunday, June 18, 2017
ClosedMonday
Hours Weekdays: 10:00-17:00 (visitors must enter by 16:30)
Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays: 10:00-17:30 (visitors must enter by 17:00)
VenueTemporary Exhibition Room
AdmissionGeneral visitors: 800 (600) yen
College and high school students/Senior citizens 65 years old or older: 400 (300) yen
Free for junior high school students and younger
* The fees shown in parentheses are for groups of 20 visitors or more
* Free admission on April 22 (the opening day)
* Half price for visitors who bring a Physical Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, or Mental Disability Certificate, and one person accompanying them
OrganizersMachida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo Shimbun
Next exhibition venue and dateYokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art (Kobe City, Hyogo)
Saturday, September 9 - Sunday, December 24, 2017

Yokoo Tadanori HANGA JUNGLE flyer PDF[2.22MB] *Japanese Only
Yokoo Tadanori HANGA JUNGLE press release PDF[1.23MB] *Japanese Only

Official Catalog

Yokoo Tadanori Prints Retrospective HANGA JUNGLE” (Scheduled for publication in April 2017 by Kokushokankokai Inc.) will be created and sold as an official exhibition catalog.

Related Events

Lecture “Yokoo Tadanori and the World of Giant HANGA”


Speaker Sawaragi Noi (art critic, professor at Tama Art University)
Date and Time Sunday, April 23, 14:00-15:30 (door opens at 13:30)
Venue and seating capacity Lecture Hall on the 1st floor
Seating capacity: 160 (on a first-come basis on the day), sign language interpretation available

* Lecture is free of charge, but is limited to the exhibition visitors only.
* Admission restrictions may apply if the venue reaches full capacity.

“On-Demand Studio Meeting” – Secrets behind Creation Overheard from “Chatting” (three-man talk)


Speakers Yokoo Tadanori (artist), Hosaka Kazushi (novelist), Isozaki Kenichiro (novelist)
Date and Time Sunday, April 30, 14:30-16:00 (door opens at 14:00)
Venue Lecture Hall on the 1st floor
Seating capacity 160 (reservation required) ※申込み受付終了
Cooperation Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers

“Studio Meeting” has been appearing serially in the literary magazine, “Bungei” (Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers). This series features free talk of three men, Tadanori Yokoo, Kazushi Hosaka, and Kenichiro Isozaki, who gather at Yokoo’s studio in Seijo, Tokyo. Covering extensive topics from art to literature, their talk itself is the time in which they are living, and you will see a glimpse of the “heart” of their “creation.” In this special project, these three men leave the studio, and relocate to Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts to continue their tripartite talk. Come hear what they have to say about the secrets behind their creation through the talk between an artist and two novelists.


『アトリエ会議』(河出書房新社)“Studio Meeting” (Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers)

■How to apply
:Machida City Event Telephone: 042-724-5656 (7:00-19:00, year round)
町田市イベント申込システム「イベシス」Machida City Event Application System “EVESYS”
 Search the event by a keyword, “出張アトリエ会議”, or the event code “170411B-A” during the reception period of application.
■ Application period
:Tuesday, April 11 (from 12:00) - Monday, April 17 (until 19:00)
■How to select audience members
:First-come, first-served basis / Can register up to 2 people at the same time
■Requirements for participation
:Free of charge. Valid ticket for the event required.
■Target audience
:Junior high school students and older
■On the day of the event
:We will start accepting admission at 12:00 in front of the Lecture Hall on the first floor in the museum. Guests who have made reservations will receive numbered tickets. All general seating. When the door opens, guests are allowed to enter the room in order of the number printed on the ticket.

*Contents of the event are subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.

Talks by Tadanori Yokoo and Yuga Yamato


Speakers Yokoo Tadanori (artist), Yamato Yuga (actress, singer/former top star of Cosmos Troupe of Takarazuka Revue)
Date and Time Sunday, May 14, 14:00-15:30 (door opens at 13:30)
Venue and seating capacity Lecture Hall on the 1st floor
160 (reservation required)

Ms. Yuga Yamato, who is on good terms with Mr. Yokoo, is a guest speaker. Mr. Yokoo is known for being a Takarazuka fan, and has painted in the motif of Takarazuka and created posters for their shows. They will discuss the exhibition, and the charms of Yokoo’s works and Takarazuka.


■How to apply
:Machida City Event Telephone: 042-724-5656 (7:00-19:00, year round)
町田市イベント申込システム「イベシス」 Machida City Event Application System “EVESYS”
 Search the event by a keyword, “横尾忠則・大和悠河 対談”, or the event code “170502D” during the reception period of application.

■Application period

:Tuesday, May 2 (from 12:00) - Monday, May 8 (until 19:00)

■How to select audience members

:First-come, first-served basis / Can register up to 2 people at the same time

■ Requirements for participation

:Free of charge. Valid ticket for the event required.

■Target audience

:Junior high school students and older

■On the day of the event

:We will start accepting admission at 10:30 in front of the Lecture Hall on the first floor in the museum. Guests who have made reservations will receive numbered tickets. All general seating. When the door opens, guests are allowed to enter the room in order of the number printed on the ticket.

*Contents of the event are subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.

Talks by Tadanori Yokoo and Mika Ninagawa


Speakers Yokoo Tadanori (artist), Ninagawa Mika (photographer, film director)
Date and Time Thursday, May 25, 14:00-15:30 (door opens at 13:30)
Venue and seating capacity Lecture Hall on the 1st floor
160 (reservation required)

Ms. Mika Ninagawa, who is an active photographer and film director, is a guest speaker. Ms. Ninagawa has been exposed to and fascinated by Mr. Yokoo’s works since childhood. They will discuss the exhibition, including the charms of Yokoo’s works from Ms. Ninagawa’s point of view, and their approach to their works.


■How to apply
:Machida City Event Telephone: 042-724-5656 (7:00-19:00, year round)
町田市イベント申込システム「イベシス」 Machida City Event Application System “EVESYS”
 Search the event by a keyword, “横尾忠則・蜷川実花 対談”, or the event code “170510C-A” during the reception period of application.

■Application period

:Wednesday, May 10 (from 12:00) - Thursday, May 16 (until 19:00)

■How to select audience members

:First-come, first-served basis / Can register up to 2 people at the same time

■Requirements for participation

:Free of charge. Valid ticket for the event required.

■Target audience

:Junior high school students and older

■On the day of the event

:We will start accepting admission at 12:00 in front of the Lecture Hall on the first floor in the museum. Guests who have made reservations will receive numbered tickets. All general seating. When the door opens, guests are allowed to enter the room in order of the number printed on the ticket.

*Contents of the event are subject to change due to unexpected circumstances.

Special Talk by Museum Director


Date and Time Saturday, June 10, 14:00- (approximately 45 minutes)

Please come to the entrance of the Special Exhibition Room on the second floor with the ticket for the event.


Gallery Talk by Curator


Date and Time Saturday, April 29, Saturday, May 13
Saturday, May 20, Saturday, May 27
14:00- (approximately 45 minutes)

Please come to the entrance of the Special Exhibition Room on the second floor with the ticket for the event.


TADANORI YOKOO OFFICIAL WEBSITE
The latest information about Tadanori Yokoo’s journal, Twitter, and works can be found here.



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