Whitestone Gallery Karuizawa is pleased to announce the exhibition of the works by Sadamasa Motonaga.

The Gutai Art Association (a.k.a. GUTAI / active period: 1954-1972) is a world-renowned Japanese postwar avant-garde artist group. Sadamasa Motonaga (1922-2011), one of the leading artists in the early period of the group, was also widely recognized as picture book author like "Gacha Gacha Don Don" and "Mokera Mokera”. His painting style, filled with a sense of humor, has been supported by people of all ages.
This exhibition features about 45 works, including prints, rare paintings, and sculptures. Motonaga who proclaimed himself to be “Aho (idiot) School" kept creating works for everyone. We hope you will enjoy his rhythmic, lilting world of representation.







Karuizawa Gallery

1F / KARUIZAWA NEW ART MUSEUM, 1151-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano, 389-0102, Japan
Tel: +81 (0)267 46 8691
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Opening Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Closed: Monday

*Will be open on Mondays from : January 2 - 11
*Closed on:
New Year Holiday: December 27 - January 1
Winter Holiday: January 12 - 21

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Sadamasa Motonaga

Sadamasa Motonaga is one of the representative artists from the first generation of Gutai Art Association. In his later career, Motonaga is also active as author of children’s books, and his specific style of humour is well known among people of all ages. Motonaga belongs to Gutai group from 1955 to 1971. He develops one after another his own innovative ideas such as “Water Sculpture”, which hangs vinyl bags filled with painted water, application of traditional dripping method of Japanese painting “Tarashikomi” to his own style, adoption of airbrush for scattering acrylic paint, etc. Motonaga gets experience in oversea from his early period including contracts with Martha Jackson Gallery (New York) and International Centre of Aesthetic Research (Turin, Italy). The artist is highly acclaimed in international exhibitions such as Venice Biennial, Seoul International Print Biennial, Torino Premio Risone International Exhibition, etc.


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