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Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art opened on November 3

An exhibition of Yokoo Tadanori, who is from Hyogo Prefecture and one of the world’s top artists, Han Han Puku Puku Han Puku (repeat, repeat and repeat) was held to commemorate the opening of the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art with an in-house 3,000-piece collection of his works and materials.

One of his characteristics is the frequent use of a certain specific motif. One example is Pink Girls, a famous series of paintings from the 1960s. The motif of the contrast made by the girls’ reddish skins and blue sky as well as their provocative poses which made these works very impressive was suddenly reused in the 1990s. Since then he has been using the same motif intermittently. On the other hand, another motif he used repeatedly is scenery of his favorite place in the Y-junction series, his masterwork since the 2000s. The objects are laid out with some delicate differences in the rows of houses and tree colors according to the season as if a fixed-point observation were being made. There are many other cases like that in his works and it reminds us of Theme and Variations, a famous series of music.

One of the most important factors in his works is imitation, a reproduction of existing objects. His attitude of copying his own works is very unique. It is not just an imitation but his strong criticism against common theories such as “The works should be improved year by year.” and “Originality should be the only and most important element in artworks.”

The museum is full of Yokoo Tadanori’s stubborn spirit, which is to repeat imitation across time and space. Please come see his productions as well as new works.

Opening Memorial Exhibition #1: Han Han Puku Puku Han Puku by Yokoo Tadanori
Time: Saturday November 3, 2012 to Sunday, February 17, 2013
Place:Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
3-8-30 Harada-dori, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo prefecture (postal code 657-0837)
No goal in life, 2005 (property of the National International Art Museum)
Ohori, 1966 (property of the Tokushima Modern Art Museum)
Contact : Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Phone or E-mail +81-78-855-5602