GENPEI AKASEGAWA GENPEI AKASEGAWA

GENPEI AKASEGAWA

GENPEI AKASEGAWA
GENPEI AKASEGAWA

Genpei Akasegawa is not only an artist who successfully transitioned from the avant-garde to the larger realm of popular culture but also an award-winning writer and photographer. He emerged on the Japanese art scene around 1960, starting in the radical "Anti-Art" movement and becoming a member of the seminal artist collectives Neo-Dada and Hi Red Center.


The famous Model 1,000-Yen Note Incident involved a real-life police investigation and trial. Important figures in the art and cultural world testified in a Tokyo courtroom and debated the definition of creative freedom, which cemented Akasegawa's place as an inspired conceptualist. His irreverent humour and cunning observation of everyday life made him famous as a writer, peaking with over 20 publications.


His critically-acclaimed publications include: The Power of the Elderly (1998), received the Best-known Award in 2001; Fairy Sakura, Laity Sakura (1993), received JTB Travel Literature Award; Screenplay, Rikyu (1990), was nominated Screenplay of the Year, the Japan Academy Film Prize; The Adventures on the Streets of Tokyo (1987), received the Essay Award of Kodansha Ltd.; Yukino (1983), received the New Writer Award of the Noma Literary Prize; My Father Disappeared (1981), received the 84th Akutagawa Prize, and Touch of Your Skin (1979), received the New Writer Award of Chuokoron-sha.


In 1986, Akasegawa and his collaborators, including the Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori, formed a new group: Rojō Kansatsu Gakkai (Street Observation Society), to incorporate Akasegawa's interest in Hyperact Thomassons into the investigation of the material culture and everyday life in Japan.

ARTWORKS

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Heroes and People in the Japanese Contemporary Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
2018
1968: Art in the Turbulent, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan
2016
L’image volée (The Stolen Image), Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
2015
The Principles of Art by Genpei Akasegawa, Chiba City Museum, Chiba ; Oita City Museum, Oita ; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2013-2014
Hi-Red Center: the Documents of Direct Action, Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya; Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2012
Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
1999
Out of Actions/Between Performance and the Object, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan ; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Global Conceptualism, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Worthless, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia
1994-1995
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Kanazawa, Japan ; Guggenheim Art Museum Soho, New York ; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
1986
Japon des avant-gardes 1910-1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1985
Reconstruction: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1945-1965, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK; Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan / The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan / Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, Toyama, Japan / The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan / Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan / Nagoya City Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan / Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY & AWARDS

1998
Essay, The Power of the Elderly, received the Best-known Award in 2001
1993
Novel, Fairy Sakura, Laity Sakura, received JTB Travel Literature Award
1990
Screenplay, Rikyu, was nominated Screenplay of the Year, the Japan Academy Film Prize
1987
Essay, The Adventures on the Streets of Tokyo, received the Essay Award of Kodansha Ltd.
1983
Novel, Yukino, received the New Writer Award of the Noma Literary Prize
1981
Novel, My Father Disappeared, received the 84th Akutagawa Prize
1979
Novel, Touch of Your Skin, received the New Writer Award of Chuokoron-sha

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