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Ayala Museum presents ‘A Taste of Gutai’ from the collection of Lito and Kim Camacho

(The Philippine Star) - February 1, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Ayala Museum — in partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation, with special participation of The Japan Foundation, Manila and Sony Philippines — presents “A Taste of Gutai” under the Collectors Series program, which is slated from Feb. 5 to April 10 at the Ground Floor Gallery, Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.

Featured artists?are Jiro Yoshihara, Kazuo Shiraga, Yuko Nasaka, Shozo Shimamoto, Yasuo Sumi, Senkichiro Nasaka, Akira Kanayama, Atsuko Tanaka, Sadaharu Horio, Sadamasa Motonaga, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Seiko Kanno, Saburo Murakami, Takesada Matsutani and Keiko Moriuchi.

The show pays homage to Gutai, a Japanese art movement defined by a radical and energetic approach to artmaking that encompassed performance, painting, installation and theatrical events, anticipating what would soon be popular movements in contemporary art following Abstract Expressionism.

The objects on display were loaned from the private collection of Lito and Kim Camacho.

 

 

 

 

Scheduled to open in time with Art Fair Philippines, “A Taste of Gutai” includes over 80 paintings and sculptures by members of Gutai who made use of unconventional, highly physical techniques such as painting with feet, wrestling in cement and gravel, and deploying paint from elevated surfaces and cannons to create art. Later on, they also created works using sound, space, light and performance, and would often stage them in public or in the presence of the media to spread their ideas across the globe.

Founded by Jiro Yoshihara, the Gutai movement was composed of artists based in the Kansai region whose works caught the attention of artists and art critics outside of Kansai, and subsequently led to major Gutai exhibitions in Tokyo, Europe and America. They also collaborated with other artists’ groups in Europe and America, including Allan Kaprow’s Happenings, the Art Informel group, and the Dutch Nul collective.

Through the Collectors Series, Ayala Museum is able to showcase several works, which have not been publicly displayed. Private collections are personal narratives of the fascination, passion and persistence shown by individuals towards a particular artist. Their personal holdings embody certain aspects in the development and evolution in the artist’s practice, and expand the discussion and understanding of modern and contemporary art here and abroad.

For inquiries, email hello@ayalamuseum.org or call 759 82 88 local 35.

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