La solitude absolue

We would like to introduce CAMK's fifth exhibition, "Taro Okamoto -La solitude absolue," an indelible figure in the art world of modern day Japan.

As one of the most well known and popular artists in the postwar era, Taro Okamoto's (1911-1996) well rounded talents were presented to the world at the 1970 Osaka Expo, Tower of the Sun, as well as a television commercial he appeared in, where he recited his famous line, "Art is an Explosion."
Despite the clarity and brightness of the expression contained in his vast breadth of work, which began during his student days in Paris in the 1930's and continued until the last period of this life, it may be more appropriate to read a hidden, deep and dark underlying message behind each piece.

In this show we will examine his solitude, despite continuously being in the limelight as a leading artist in the postwar art world, and look into his paintings, sculptures, interior designs and film chronicles, to understand and get insight to the areas and ideas he felt he could not express to his complete satisfaction. In "La solitude absolue" you will experience the driving energy of his absolute solitude.

Museum hours

10 a.m.-8 p.m. (*August 9, 10, 11 until 10 p.m.)


Entrance fees Adult: 800 yen (600 yen)*
High school/ university students: 450 yen (350 yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students: 250 yen (200 yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students in Kumamoto city: FREE

Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups of 20 or more.

Guest Talks Toshiko Okamoto(Director, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum)
July 5 (Sat.)
Talks about Taro Okamoto
CAMK Home Gallery

Guest Talks Shigesato Itoi (Copywriter)
July 26 (Sat.)
Each Taro Okamoto to Their Own
CAMK Home Gallery

International Adviser's Lecture
Hou Hanru
(Curator) Sarah Hassan (Chair of the Department of Art History at Cornell University)
July 27 (Sun.)
Flash Report on Venice Biennale 2003
CAMK Home Gallery

Guest Talks Keinosuke Murata (Director, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki)
August 9 (Sat.)
CAMK Home Gallery

Contest ~Letter to Taro Okamoto Essay Contest~
  August 11
Try to put your impressions of the exhibition, "Taro Okamoto" at CAMK in writing!

Entries may be handwritten, typed, or by any other medium of your choosing. Please place your essay in the box found in the Home Gallery or send to CAMK by August 11.
*This contest is sponsored by The Kamitori Fan Club
Ages: Junior High students and below-800 character essay in Japanese
High School students and above-1200 character essay in Japanese
* Entries will be judged by Toshiko Okamoto and the CAMK staff.
The winner of the grand prize will receive round trip airfare from Kumamoto to Tokyo and invitation tickets to the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum and the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki.

Talk & Concert Playing Taro Okamoto
August 24 (Sun.)
Harue Kunieda (pianist) Noboru Yoshikawa (guest speaker)
CAMK Home Gallery

Gallery Tours
  Every Saturday, Sunday, and holidays at 3 pm.
Gallery tours are given every Saturday, Sunday, and holidays at 3 pm.

Workshop Kids'Summer Art College
  August 3 -10
Ages: Primary school children (20 student limit) *Application and inquiries at 096-278-7503


Monday Night Movies
Weekly screenings of various cinematic masterpieces starting at 18:00.

Schedule is as follows:
July 7*: "Edges of the Lord" (101min., 2000, USA)
July 14: "Singin' in the Rain" (103min., 1952, USA)
July 21: "Free Willy" (113min., 1993, USA)
July 28: "La Pirate" (88min., 1984, France)
August 4: "Nosferatu" (64min., 1922, Germany)
August 11*: "The World According to Garp" (137min., 1982, U.S.A.)
August 18: "Training Day" (122min., 2001, U.S.A.)

Place: Art Loft
Monday evenings at 18:00 Free
*Both days will be presented by the Kamitori Fan Club. A special feature on August 11 will be started in the Home Gallery at 19:30.

Friday Jam Concert
Live concerts taking place every Friday at 18:30.

Featured groups include Nabeyakihime),VIVACE NON TROPPO ENSEMBLE) among others.
Place: Art Loft
Friday evenings at 18:30 Free

Home Gallery Concert
Every night at 7 p.m. there are concerts in the home gallery.

*The painting, Law of the Jungle will be displayed from July 5 to 12.
The four paintings of Night, Dog, Drama, and Seaside Portrait will be exhibited from July 16 to August 24.

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3 Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city, 860-0845 Japan
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