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Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara's touring exhibition makes final stop at Tainan Art Museum

  • Date:2021-10-29
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara's touring exhibition makes final stop at Tainan Art Museum

The General Association of Chinese Culture has announced that Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara's (奈良美智) touring exhibition will make its final stop at the Tainan Art Museum(TAM) from Nov. 16 to Feb. 13, 2022. To thank Taiwan for its assistance in the 311 earthquake and donating masks to Japan during the pandemic, the touring exhibition has been on display in Taipei and Kaohsiung since March.

The exhibition will be shifted to Tainan, featuring paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, such as "Miss Moonlight," which is exhibited overseas for the first time, "Hazy Humid Day," which was specially created by Yoshitomo Nara for Taiwan, eight sketches, two paintings "Yamako Sister/older," "Yamako Sister/younger," and 15 photographs of the "Traveling Yamako" series.

Yoshitomo Nara’s new work "Slight Fever," the main visual of the TAM's special exhibition, will make its overseas debut in Taiwan. Previously, it was exhibited at the Yutaka Kikutake Gallery in Tokyo and the exhibition YOUTH, which was curated by Yoshitomo Nara.

Yoshitomo Nara stated that "Slight Fever" is significantly different from her previous works - the little girl in his latest drawing looks a little more mature than before. He added that it looks like the little girl is transitioning towards youth, and he regarded this change as a process of self-growth.

Yoshitomo Nara has visited Taiwan many times and he enjoys Tainan the most. Comparing Taiwan to Japan, he thinks that Taipei and Kaohsiung are similar to Tokyo and Osaka, while he gets a sense of his hometown, Hirosaki City, in Tainan. He also shared in an interview that he was determined to hold his exhibition when he first saw the photos of TAM's exhibition space. He felt that the beauty of the space has "withstood the test of time."

For more information, please visit the Tainan Art Museum's website.