Shuzo TAKIGUCHI


Poet, art critic, and sculptor. Put great effort towards the introduction and proliferation of surrealism in Japan, and was a pillar of theoretical and spiritual support for the Japanese avant-garde from the pre- to post-war periods. Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1903. Translated the entirety of Andre Breton's "Surrealism and Painting" while a student at Keio University (1930), and presented a series of experimental poems. Graduated in 1931 and worked at the film company PCL until around 1936. At around that time, he communicated through mail with Breton, translated texts related to surrealism, and published art criticisms. In 1937, organized the Overseas Surrealist Works Exhibition with Yamanaka Sansei. He provided leadership for many avant-garde groups, but was marked as dangerous by the Special Police and was arrested and detained in 1941. Takiguchi resumed his activity after the war. From 1951 to 1957, he planned Takemiya Gallery's 208th exhibition, where he dug up such artists as Kawara On, Kusama Yayoi, and Kanou Mitsuo. He also supported the activity of Jikken Kobo, the group founded by Kitadai Shozo, Yamaguchi Katsuhiro, Takemitsu Toru, and Yuasa Joji. In 1958, he traveled to Europe as a commissioner for the Venice Biennale (where he voted for L. Fontana); there, he spoke with Breton, Duchamp, and Dali.

From around 1960, he began making his own unique works including his delcalcomanie, and held five solo exhibitions. During Akasegawa Genpei's "1,000 yen note incident" (1965-1970), Takiguchi acted as a special defence counsel. In 1963, he planned the imaginary opening of the non-existent "objet shop", for which he borrowed the name "Rrose Selavy" with the blessing of Marcel Duchamp himself. He continued his Duchamp research until his death in 1979.

Major published works include "Modern Art" (1938), "Miro" (1940), "Writing in the Margins" (1960), "Takiguchi Shuzo's Poetic Experiments 1927~1937" (1967), "For Surrealism" (1968), and others.

Works he made in collaboration with sculptors include "Distance from fairies" with Abe Yoshifumi (Tenya) (1937), "Sphinx" with Q Ei, Kitagawa Tamiji, Izumi Shigeru, Toneyama Kojin, and Aohara Toshiko (1954), "To and From Rrose Selavy" which includes works from Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Jean Tinguely, and Arakawa Shusaku (1968), "Handmade Poems" with Joan Miro (1970), "With Miro and the stars", also with Miro (1979), "The Large Glass" with Okazaki Kazuo (1977), and others.

(Text by Nobuhiko TSUCHIBUCHI)

 


"II-2"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm

"Work"

1962
Watercolor
Image size: 27.0×17.5cm
Frame size: 40.0×30.5×1.5cm
Signed on both sides and on the mount
*Exhibition sticker attached for "Japon des Avant-gardes" at Pompidou Center, Paris


No.4 from "For that day, for this day, and tonight"

1961
Drawing on paper
Image size: 25.0×16.7m
Sheet size: 25.0×17.3cm

No.7 from "For that day, for this day, and tonight"

1961
Drawing on paper (watercolor)
Image size: 25.0x17.5cm
Sheet size: 25.0x17.0cm
SOLD

No.15 from "For that day, for this day, and tonight"

1961
Drawing on paper (watercolor)
Image size: 23.0x16.0cm
Sheet size: 25.0x17.4cm


"IV-03"

1961
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 9.7×9.0cm
Sheet size: 12.3×9.0cm
Signed on the back of the frame

"III-19"

Decalcomanie
※『Shuzo TAKIGUCHI's Artificial Experimentations』(2001)paired with No.205
Image size: 14.0x10.5cm
Sheet size: 25.1x17.5cm

"V-09"

Watercolor、ink、colored pencil、paper
Image size: 27.5x22.7cm
Sheet size: 31.5x26.8cm
Signed


"III-3"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×9.8cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.8cm
SOLD

"III-14"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.5×13.9cm
Sheet size: 18.5×13.9cm
SOLD

"III-32"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.0×13.0cm
Sheet size: 26.2×19.1cm
* In pair with III-33


"III-33"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.0×13.2cm
Sheet size: 26.3×19.2cm
* In pair with III-32

"III-43"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 17.5×13.6cm
Sheet size: 17.5×13.6cm
* In pair with III-44

"III-44"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 17.3×13.6cm
Sheet size: 17.3×13.6cm
* In pair with III-43
SOLD


"II-8"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 11.0×8.5cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.8cm
* In pair with "II-7 "

"II-18"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.7×9.0cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm

"II-20"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.2×9.3cm
Sheet size: 25.8×19.0cm
* In pair with "II-21"


"II-21"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.5×9.3cm
Sheet size: 25.7×19.0cm
* In pair with "II-20"

"II-26"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 19.2×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-27
SOLD

"II-27"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 13.5×10.5cm
Sheet size: 18.4×12.3cm
* In pair with "II-26"
SOLD


"II-29"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 11.2×7.3cm
Sheet size: 19.4×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-30"

"II-30"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 11.2×7.5cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-29"

"I-16"

Ink on paper (postcard)
Image size: 14.1×10.2cm
Sheet size: 14.1×10.2cm


"I-05"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 26.0×19.6cm
Sheet size: 35.5×25.2cm

"I-06"

Pen on paper
Image size: 29.0×20.5cm
Sheet size: 35.6×25.0cm

"I-11"

Ink on paper
Image size: 30.5×22.0cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.0cm


"I-12"

Ink on paper
Image size: 31.3×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.1cm

"I-26"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 31.5×22.8cm
Sheet size: 40.7×32.0cm

"I-34"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×23.6cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.1cm
SOLD


"I-40"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 11.7×11.7cm
Sheet size: 12.6×12.6cm
SOLD

"II-3"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 14.2×5.1cm
Sheet size: 14.2×5.1cm

"II-13"

1962
Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 7.3×12.6cm
Sheet size: 9.8×13.7cm
* In pair with No.76 in The Museum of Modern Art,Toyama


"III-6"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 19.3×13.8cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.8cm
SOLD

"III-12"

Decalcomanie, paper (Post card)
Image size: 14.2×9.1cm
Sheet size: 14.2×9.1cm
SOLD

"III-13"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 15.5×8.2cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm
SOLD


"II-1"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 14.0×12.3cm
Sheet size: 15.1×12.3cm
SOLD

"A souvenir or not of Philadelphia"

1973
Hand made booklet
20.5×14.0cm
(Chiba City Museum of Art, p.176 No.200)

SOLD



"II-4"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.7cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.7cm
* In pair with "II-5"
SOLD

"II-5"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm
* In pair with "II-4"
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"II-6"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.8×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.8×9.9cm
SOLD


"II-7"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.9cm
* In pair with "II-8"
SOLD

"II-9"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 12.1×10.1cm
Sheet size: 12.9×11.0cm
SOLD

"II-10"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 16.7×11.6cm
Sheet size: 16.7×11.6cm
SOLD


"II-11"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"II-12"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 5.4×9.0cm
Sheet size: 5.4×9.0cm
SOLD



"II-14"

1962
Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 12.5×9.2cm
Sheet size: 12.5×9.2cm
* In pair with No.53 in The Museum of Modern Art,Toyama
SOLD

"II-15"

Decalcomanie, paper (postcard)
Image size: 14.1×9.0cm
Sheet size: 14.1×9.0cm
SOLD

"II-16"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.2×7.3cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm
* Pair of No.198 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD


"II-17"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 12.3×9.0cm
Sheet size: 19.4×13.1cm
* Pair of No.197 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001) (Bottom image differs)
SOLD

"II-19"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 26.3×19.0cm
Sheet size: 26.3×19.0cm
* Pair of No.223 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD

"II-22"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 26.9×20.0cm
* In pair with "II-23"
SOLD


"II-23"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.5×10.5cm
Sheet size: 27.0×19.3cm
* In pair with "II-22"
SOLD

"II-24"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 20.4×13.7cm
Sheet size: 20.4×13.7cm
SOLD

"II-25"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 18.5×14.8cm
Sheet size: 26.4×19.1cm
SOLD


"II-28"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 13.0×10.7cm
Sheet size: 13.3×11.0cm
* Pair of No.222 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD

"II-40"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×19.6cm
Sheet size: 13.7×19.6cm
Image on reverse side
SOLD


"I-01"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 30.5×24.7cm
Sheet size: 35.3×24.7cm
SOLD

"I-02"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 27.5×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.3×26.5cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD

"I-03"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×25.3cm
Sheet size: 35.3×26.6cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD


"I-04"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 35.4×26.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×26.5cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD

"I-07"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 34.5×26.4cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "IV"
SOLD

"I-08"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 33.5×26.0cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "VI"
SOLD


"I-09"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 36.0×25.7cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "VIII"
SOLD

"I-10"

Color pencil on paper
Image size: 18.5×15.7cm
Sheet size: 24.8×20.0cm
SOLD

"I-13"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 31.3×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.1cm
SOLD


"I-14"

1961
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 26.3×30.5cm
Sheet size: 27.0×35.4cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD

"I-15"

1961
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×26.9cm
Sheet size: 35.2×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD



"I-17"

1963
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 15.0×24.5cm
Sheet size: 17.5×26.9cm
Signed and dated on the back
SOLD

"I-18"

1961
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 16.5×20.3cm
Sheet size: 16.5×20.3cm
Dated on the back.
Signed and dated on the mat
SOLD

"I-19"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 11.5×10.0cm
Sheet size: 13.4×12.6cm
SOLD


"I-20"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 29.8×20.0cm
Sheet size: 29.8×20.0cm
SOLD

"I-21"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 18.0×26.0cm
Sheet size: 18.0×27.2cm
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"I-22"

Watercolor on paper
Image size: 18.1×11.4cm
Sheet size: 18.2×11.5cm
SOLD


"I-23"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 32.0×23.5cm
Sheet size: 37.5×30.0cm
SOLD

"I-24"

1960
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 26.5×16.5cm
Sheet size: 29.0×23.4cm
Signed and dated on the back
SOLD

"I-25"

1960
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 24.8×16.0cm
Sheet size: 29.0×23.6cm
Dated on the bottom right
SOLD


"I-27"

1962
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5×26.4cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD

"I-28"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.5×24.4cm
Sheet size: 35.5×24.4cm
SOLD

"I-29"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.5×24.4cm
Sheet size: 35.5×24.4cm
SOLD


"I-30"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.3×24.8cm
Sheet size: 35.3×25.0cm
SOLD

"I-31"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 27.2×39.2cm
Sheet size: 27.2×39.2cm
SOLD

"I-32"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×24.5cm
Sheet size: 35.7×24.5cm
SOLD


"I-33"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.1cm
SOLD

"I-35"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.0cm
SOLD

"I-36"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.0cm
SOLD


"I-37"

Watercolor, ink on blotting paper
Image size: 36.5×27.2cm
Sheet size: 39.5×27.2cm
SOLD

"I-38"

Watercolor, ink on blotting paper
Image size: 27.1×39.3cm
Sheet size: 27.1×39.3cm
SOLD

"I-39"

1962
Burnt drawing, pencil on paper
Image size: 7.7×16.5cm
Sheet size: 12.8×21.2cm
Signed and dated on the bottom
SOLD


"I-41"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 15.2×15.2cm
Sheet size: 18.5×18.8cm
SOLD

"I-42"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 15.0×15.0cm
Sheet size: 18.2×16.6cm
SOLD


"I-43"

Roto-dessin, Color pencil on paper
Image size: 13.3×13.7cm
Sheet size: 13.3×13.7cm
SOLD

"I-44"

Collage, silver paper on tracing paper
Image size: 15.8×13.7cm
Sheet size: 18.2×16.4cm
(18.2×32.8cm when opened)
SOLD


Print collection with Shuzo TAKIGUCHI's poems
"Sphinx"

Ed.50
1954
Idea by Sadajiro KUBO
Editorial by Tatsuo FUKUSHIMA
Cover and layout design by Ryuichi YAMASHIRO
Prints by Tamiji KITAGAWA, Q Ei, Shigeru IZUMI, Tadashi KATO, Koujin TONEYAMA, Toshiko AOHARA (UCHIMA)
In Ed.1 to Ed.6 there are original dessins by 6 artists Signed by Shuzo TAKIGUCHIi, Tamiji KITAGAWA, Sadajiro KUBO and Tadao FUKUSHIMA

 

Essays

Essays by Shuzo TAKIGUCHI
"First-hand Experiences"
"I also Draw (1961)"

Essay on Shuzo TAKIGUCHI
"Shuzo Takiguchi - Life and Works" by Nobuhiko Tsuchibuchi

 


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Exhibitions
2014
No.256)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - III -Shuzo TAKIGUCHI & Marcel DUCHAMP-    11/5 - 11/22


No.251)    25th Q Ei Exhibition - Q Ei and Sadajiro KUBO    6/11 - 6/28
No.247)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - II    3/12 - 3/29
No.245)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - I    1/8 - 1/25