一九五九年,當年僅十九歲的向井修二與具體美術協會領導人吉原治良相遇。他的才能獲得讚賞,並於一九六一年加入具體美術協會,成為史上最年輕的會員。向井修二的繪畫及空間中佈滿了大量的各式符號,被吉原評為「乍看冰冷冷的,卻蘊含著激烈的能量」。此外,向井的作品亦受到不定形藝術提倡者米歇爾・塔皮耶的高度評價。

一九六四年,向井修二的作品於〈新日本繪畫與彫刻〉(紐約近代美術館企劃,至一九六七年為止進行全美巡迴)展出。爾後策展人威 廉 •S• 李伯曼 (William S. Lieberman) 更將其中兩件作品納入紐約近代美術館典藏中。一九六六年時將大阪梅田區的爵士樂主題咖啡廳「Check」的內部以符號填滿,發表日本首度全數用符號佈滿裝潢的裝置藝術。

一九六九年發生了一場意外,向井燒毀了全數作品並暫停藝術活動,於一九九〇年後才再度創作。二〇一三年在紐約古根漢美術館的〈具體:燦爛的樂園 〉展覽中,向井修二發表了以符號佈滿館內洗手間及電梯的裝置藝術。而該展的開幕活動中,向井利用符號與年輕人所進行的表演,亦備受矚目。

二〇一四年,向井修二參與建築師安藤忠雄所策的展覽,於兵庫縣立美術館創作一件裝置《與符號同樂: 美好的露天劇場》,並於岡山縣高梁市成羽美術館、長野縣輕井澤新藝術美術館舉辦回顧展。隔年則於威尼斯福圖尼宮發表《符號、自拍的攝影棚》作品,空間中裝置鏡面塗滿向井的符號,全面壟罩實體及虛擬的空間。

二〇一六年十二月在建築師彼得•馬力諾的策劃下,於紐約新開幕的Louis Vuitton Soho 店中發表了符號柱裝置藝術《天・地・空》。二〇一七年春天亦於霍華德•拉喬夫斯基 (HowardRachofsky) 在達拉斯設立的美術館「倉庫 (The Warehouse)」內,將洗手間全面改造為裝置藝術。为了在由彼得马里诺设计的香奈儿东京银座新馆的盛大开幕式上,艺术家向井用他的符号覆盖了整个建筑的外墙。向井修二創作的廣度及強度不斷增加,越來越活躍。

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向井修二
It is at the 8th Gutai Exhibition that Mukai appears for the first time; participates at every Gutai exhibition until group's dissolution. Mukai's works are composed of various types of symbols that filled the canvas, spaces, and sometimes the body of the artist himself. Mukai establishes his own style in his early career; his exquisite installation is already apparent at the 10th Gutai Exhibition (1961), solo exhibition in Gutai Pinacotheca (1962), symbolization of Jazz café "Check"(1966), etc. In 1969, the artist executes his large-scale happening in which he burns all of tableaus. Thus, Mukai's stance is always ahead of the time. Installations at the Guggenheim Museum's retrospective exhibition "Gutai: Splendid Playground" (2013) and extension exhibition of Venice Biennial, Proportio at Palazzo Fortuny (2015) are still fresh in our mind. In 2017, Mukai contributes his installation works to the renewal of Louis Vuitton's SOHO boutique in New York (curated by architect Peter Marino), highly acclaimed from versatile fields.

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