On 25 November, the opening day of the exhibition: “Between Collectivism and Individualism. The Japanese Avant-Garde in the 1950s and 1960s”, we had the pleasure of inviting members of the Society to an evening, intimate curatorial tour at Zachęta.
Maria Brewińska, curator of the title exhibition and earlier ones: “Gendai: Contemporary Art of Japan” and “Yayoi Kusama”, took us, not for the first time, on a journey to Japan. In the case of the latest exhibition, the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s turned out to be her topic of interest. The works gathered at the exhibition, which we were able to see during the guided tour, belong to various media such as new painting, sculpture, installation, drawing, graphics, performance, photography and film. They reflect the dynamism and energy of art emerging in a unique period of socio-economic growth in Japan, which for the first time in its history joined the global processes of change. The country, devastated by war, was recovering at a dizzying pace, and an exceptional combination of circumstances created favourable conditions for numerous artistic activities in the 1950s. The exhibition can be seen at Zachęta until 13 March 2022.