Contact with the modern
—and even more so with modern painting—
had an adverse influence on Japan.
Modern painting in Western Europe was a reaction against realistic and academic painting, an attempt to recover its essential nature. But what about modern art as introduced to Japan, which had no history of realistic or academic painting?
Yamaguchi Akira (b. 1969) responded with that statement to the Ishibashi Foundation Collection, which includes modern paintings by both Japanese and Western artists. In this Jam Session, we invite you to observe Yamaguchi Akira questioning what "modern," a "Japanese-style code," and "the essence of Japan" mean as he tries to break away from the history and art systems imposed by society, driven by a sensation he finds irresistible.
*Given the structure of one of the exhibits, we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes during your visit.
「Highlight・Artist」「Works」pages have been released.
The special site has been released.