GUTAI was established by young artists in western Japan in 1954.
1950s were times where performance and installation art were still seen as novelty, and not as a respectful work of art.
However, in recent years it has been noiticed internationally and Japanese art between 1950s and 1970s are being actively re-evaluated. From 15th of February 2013, GUTAI exhibition is being held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Represented with the word "Don't imitate others" by the leader Jiro YOSHIHARA, artists of GUTAI denied traditional methods, actively creating new artistic expression.
■ GUTAI members:
Jiro YOSHIHARA, Sadami AZUMA, Toichiro FUJIKAWA, Yutaka FUNAI, Kei ISETANI, Masatoshi MASANOBU, Hiroshi OKADA, Hajime OKAMOTO, Yoshio SEKINE, Shozo SHIMAMOTO, Shigeru TSUJIMURA, Tamiko UEDA, Chiyu UEMAE, Tsuruko YAMAZAKI, Toshio YOSHIDA, Hideo YOSHIHARA, Michio YOSHIHARA, Yoshiko HASHIGAMI, Akira KANAYAMA, Toshiko KINOSHITA, Sadamasa MOTONAGA, Saburo MURAKAMI, Itoko Ono, Takeshi SHIBA, Fujiko SHIRAGA, Kazuo SHIRAGA, Yasuo SUMI, Atsuko TANAKA, Yozo UKITA, Kyoichi MIZUGUCHI, Kimiko Ohara, Noboru SAKAMITSU, Koichi NAKAHASHI, Teruyuki TSUBOUCHI, Shuji MUKAI, Tsuyoshi MAEKAWA, Hiroshi WATANABE, Takesada MATSUTANI, Yuko NASAKA, Norio IMAI, Kumiko IMANAKA, Aine KINASHI (Yoshihiko SHIOYA), Shigeki KITANI, Takehiro NABEKURA, Michimasa NAOHARA, Senkichiro NASAKA, Minoru ONODA, Masaya SAKAMOTO, Satoshi TAI, Ryuji TANAKA, Minoru YOSHIDA, Sadaharu HORIO, Joji KIKUNAMI, Motonao TAKASAKI, Yutaka MATSUDA, Akiko HORIO, Seiko SUGANO, Sadayuki KAWAMURA, Keiko MORIUCHI, MOON Seung-Keun
(Photographed in 1965 at Gutai Pinacotheca)
Oil on Canvas and Plywood
Signed on both sides
At Toki-no-Wasuremono, we held "GUTAI from G collection" in the March of 2013. In this exhibition, we are displayed around 24 works from the G Collection and Toki-no-Wasuremono Collection. Works included Jiro YOSHIHARA, the leader of GUTAI and the Japanese avant-garde art, Kazuo SHIRAGA, who painted by his feet whilst clinging on a rope tied to a ceiling, and other works which allows viewers to overlook the powerful activities of GUTAI.