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Under the Radiation Falls: Fragments of Post-1945 Japanese Art. A lecture by Akiko Miki

Public program for the exhibition Takashi Murakami.Under the Radiation Falls
25 October 2017


International Artistic Director of Benesse Art Site Naoshima and Co-director (Artistic) for Yokohama Triennale 2017 Akiko Miki will talk about Japan’s contemporary art scene and the specific features of Japanese art’s evolution after World War II.

Looking at Takashi Murakami’s exhibition and its title, Under the Radiation Falls, this lecture will give an overview of some of the developments in the Japanese art scene since the atomic bombings—the end of World War II to the present. Although not comprehensive and rather fragmental, it will introduce a basic outline of developments from the rise of highly experimental artistic movements such as Gutai or Jikken Kobo, investigating various means of expressions and mediums in the 1950s, to the practices of “art localization” through the increasing number of local art festivals in the 2000s. The lecture will also discuss some of the artists’ approaches in the years following  the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster of 2011 as its responses, as well as the diverse activities of Takashi Murakami - as if challenging how far one’s limits can be pushed based on the term “Superflat.”



Akiko Miki is a Former Chief and Senior Curator at Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2000-2014), Miki currently works as International Artistic Director of Benesse Art Site Naoshima and Co-director (Artistic) for Yokohama Triennale 2017 (She was also Artistic Director of its 2011 edition). She has curated/co-curated important exhibitions in both Asia and Europe, including TransCulture at the 46th Venice Biennale (1995), Site of Desire, Taipei Biennial (1998), Nobuyoshi Araki: Self-Life- Death (2005), Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art (2008), Our Magic Hour, Yokohama Triennale (2011), Hiroshi Sugimoto: Today the world died (2014), Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats (2015), Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection - from Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer (2016), and Islands, Constellations & Galapagos Yokohama Triennale (2017). Author/editor of number of books including Insular Insight (Lars Müller, 2011) which received the DAM Architectural Book Award.


Free admission with advance registration.

The lecture is in Japanese with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The lecture will be accessible for deaf and hard of hearing visitors and will be interpreted into Russian Sign Language.


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