Shinro Ohtake: BLDG. 1978-2019

Shinro Ohtake made his debut in the early 1980s. Working in a diverse range of media including painting, collages of printed matter, photography, and installation, Ohtake’s has continued to exert an influence not only on art but also on fields such as literature and design. Focusing on a series of paintings called “BLDG.” which the artist has made for approximately 40 years since the ’70s, this exhibition provides a complete picture of Ohtake’s career.
The series is not made up of real landscapes depicted in their original form. Rather, Ohtake randomly mixes fragments of memory related to the humidity, heat, noise, and smells that are distinctive features of various cities, including Hong Kong, London, and Tokyo, in order to create virtual landscape paintings based on the form of buildings.
The exhibition asks viewers to consider the significance of an artist who has made pictures by hand for dozens of years in the present era, the golden age of digital technology.


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  • Venue

    Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
    2-3 Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city, Kumamoto, JAPAN
  • Admission

    Adults 1,000yen(800yen)
    College and High school students 500yen(400yen)
    Senior(65 and over) 800yen(600yen)

    *( ) reduced fees are available for groups of over 20 people
    *Free for junior high school students and under

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  • Closed days

    Tuesdays(except April 30.)

  • Opening hours

    10:00〜20:00 *Last entry 30 minutes before closing
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