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GUGGHENIM: Gutai: Splendid Playground

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 6:15 PM
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Gutai: Splendid Playground...
...the first North American museum exhibition devoted to the Gutai group and offers a comprehensive interpretation of the convention-defying movement.










the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Gutai: Splendid Playground, a retrospective of the Gutai Art Association (1954–72), the radically inventive and influential Japanese artistic collective whose innovative and playful approaches to installation and performance yielded one of the most important international avant-garde movements to emerge after World War II.

Based on fifteen years of research, Gutai: Splendid Playground provides a critical examination of both iconic and lesser-known examples of the collective’s dynamic output over its two decade history and explores the full spectrum of Gutai’s creative production: painting, performance, installation art, sound art, experimental film, kinetic art, light art, and environment art.

Gutai: Splendid Playground is the first North American museum exhibition devoted to the Gutai group and offers a comprehensive interpretation of the convention-defying movement.



Works by postwar Japanese artists affiliated with the Gutai Art Association have been making something of a splash in New York this season, in shows at MoMA and Hauser & Wirth gallery. Now the Gugg weighs in with the first major U.S. retrospective devoted to this important avant-garde movement of the 1960s. Concurrent with Japan's recovery after its devastating defeat in World War II, the members of Gutai mixed elements of Pop, AbEx and Minimalism to sometimes delirious effect, producing objects that remain remarkably fresh today. Three times a year Artforum looks ahead to the coming season. Among the 45 worldwide shows selected in this January Artforum Gutai: Splendid playground is featured on the front page of the survey article.

Artforum also featured Gutai: The Spirit of an Era shown at the National Art Center in Tokyo as Critics Pick. READ THE REVIEW HERE



After the show, a well deserved dinner to share our thoughts...






There is an extremely  long line to get inside the museum that starts building around 5:00pm. By 5:30 it already wraps around the corner and extends on the street-side of the building Please make sure to budget enough time to meet the group inside the museum at 6:15pm THIS EXHIBITION JUST OPENED, THE LINE WILL BE LONG We are not waiting for late people •  If you are a museum member, you can cut the line

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  • Sigrun K.

    So sorry I missed you yesterday. I arrived a bit late, did not calculate in the long line, and could not find you inside. Will plan better travel time-wise going forward. Very happy to pay the $ 1 to Joshua. The exhibit was great, but so missed your company.

    April 14, 2013

  • Ann K.

    Thanks Andreya - this was my first with the group.
    As for Gutai - can't say that I can extol its virtues - but
    certainly different.

    April 14, 2013

  • Adrienne

    Avante garde

    April 14, 2013

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