Tadanori Yokoo-Kumamoto Buenos Aireszation Project 29 January, 2005- 17 April 2005

Tango Fever StudioThe Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is presenting an exhibition “Kumamoto Buenos Aireszation Project” by Tadanori Yoko, the leading artist in Japan.This idea was emerged from his first impression in Kumamoto in 2001, though he has never been in Buenos Aires.Buenos Aires is located in close on opposite end of Kumamoto city. This spiritual epiphany that the name of Buenos Aires penetrates him waking in Kumamoto, reads this special Exhibition.For example, speaking of Buenos Aires, that’s tango. And we are astonished by the fact that Yokoo made a lot of works painting tango. The spiritual epiphany maybe has come to him before the episode in Kumamoto.He will create his Buenos Aires at the exhibition in Kumamoto as the product of the imagination that comes from him.

Museum hours

10 a.m.-8 p.m. (No one will be admitted after 7:30 p.m.)

Closed Tuesday
Entrance fees

Adult: 1000yen (800yen) *
University / High school students: 500yen (400yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students: 300yen (200yen)*
Junior high/ elementary school students in Kumamoto city: FREE

*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups of 20 or more.

Kumamoto Buenos Aireszation Project!?

-Extracted from the exhibition catalogue-
* Mr. Tadanori Yokoo(Artist)
* Mr. Daniel. A. Polski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaryof the ArgentineRepublic.
* Mr. Hiroshi Minamishima (Moderator, Director of CAMK)

Minamishima: It is very kind of you to spare your valuable time for this occasion. Let me first please remind you that the preliminary ideas for this meeting can be traced back to a lecture that had been held as one of the pre-events for the opening of the ContemporaryArt Museum in Kumamoto. It was on one of Kumamoto’s hot and humid nights in June when Mr. Yokoo suddenly exclaimed “Kumamoto looks like Buenos Aires”, and the memory of this scene has remained vividly in my mind ever since.
It was my idea to title the exhibition “Yokoo Tadanori’s Buenos Airesization project for Kumamoto”-meaning, to turn Kumamoto into Buenos Aires.
It is hard to imagine how this vision came about, considering Mr. Yoko has never been to Buenos Aires, as well as how far apart, both geographically and culturally, the two cities are. These occurrences above have inspired me with the sense that they may symbolize the deep strength and power of man’s imagination.
Mr. Yokoo, how do you remember that night?

Yokoo: We came to this place located outside of the bustling downtown. It has fallen dark suddenly, and the spare lights brought about a melancholy feeling. A “place” at the end of the earth, deserted, and oblivious to the rest of the world― that was the sort of image that struck me. It seemed to be a dramatic place, a place where a man and woman in love had finally escaped the difficult circumstances in their long journey (Everybody laughs). Then I felt as if I was listening to a Tango. It was the perfect place, where the love between the two would flame up passionately. It is this image that I imagined would fit to the meaning behind the name, “Buenos Aires”.

Another thing might be due to the fact that Argentina and Kumamoto are located on opposite sides of the globe from each other. Day in one location means night in the other -it is perhaps this thought that also brought the two cities together in my mind. I’m not sure though whether my image is fitting or not, Mr. Ambassador? (Laugh)

Ambassador Polski:I was totally surprised when I first heard about this exhibition. The entire schedule been already settled, and I only learned about it when we were told that Mr. Yokoo was interested in receiving some material and information on Buenos Aires. As I had been in Japan only for six months at the time, I asked my staff whether such a unique exhibition was usual in this country, and of course the answer was: “No. It is completely unusual.”


Ambassador:I believe the concept of this exhibition is extremely creative. I’m very curious and looking forward on attending the opening and having the chance to see Mr. Yokoo’s artwork. Although I have not yet been to Kumamoto, I’m convinced your image about Buenos Aires is right, regarding the richness of passion and an amiable atmosphere. It would be wonderful to find some similarities in Kumamoto. My visit will be in January, so obviously a bit colder than June when you first had your inspiration, but I still wait to find some of those similarities between our two cities.

( to be continued…..)

The Holy Spirit in Pantanal
The Holy Spirit in Pantanal
1995,194×194cm, oil on canvas
Take Me to the End of the Earth
Take Me to the End of the Earth 1994
181.8×227.3cm, acrylic on canvas
Cosmic Firefly
Cosmic Firefly 1997 227.3×181.8cm, acrylic on canvas
The Rose of Versailles 2001
The Rose of Versailles 2001
-Takarazuka Revue Company

2001, 103×72.8cm, offset on paper
BRUTUS, Magazine House, Ltd.
BRUTUS, Magazine House, Ltd.
1999, 103×72.8cm, offset on paper
The Aesthetic of the End
The Aesthetic of the End,
1966, 103×72.8cm, silkscreen on paper

Event Guides Place: CAMK Home Gallery (free of charge)
29 January (Sat.) 14:00- Tango Show by Tango Fever Studio (Maki Fujita & Herman Gomez) Sumiko Sakamoto
© Sumiko Sakamoto
29 January (Sat.) 15:00- Tadanori Yokoo Artist Talk
30 January (Sun.) 14:00-/ 18:30- Sumiko Sakamoto Latin Song Recital
5 February (Sat.) 14:00- Tadanori Yokoo starred Film’s Showing
"Shinjuku Dorobo Nikki" (Diary of a Shinjuku Thief), 1968, directed by Nagisa Oshima
6 February (Sun.) 14:00- Tadanori Yokoo starred Film’s Showing
"Shinjuku Dorobo Nikki" (Diary of a Shinjuku Thief), 1968, directed by Nagisa Oshima
13 February(Sun.) 14:00-15:30

Lecture about Tadanori Yokoo 1
Kodama Kanazawa(Assistant Curator of CAMK)

20 February (Sun.) 14:00-15:30

Lecture about Tadanori Yokoo 2
Hiroshi Minamishima(Director of CAMk)

24-27February 10:00-

Tadanori Yokoo is painting the new work in the gallery open to public

13 March (Sun.) 14:00- Donation Autoharp’s memorial Concert Yutodoroki
Takarazuka Revue Company
27 March (Sun.) 13:00-

Tadanori Yokoo & Yu Todoroki(Takarazuka Revue Company) Talk Show
at Hotel Nikko Kumamoto (TEL096-211-1184)

17 April (Sun.) 14:00- 15:30 Guest Talk
Christina Tashiro talks about the ArgentineRepublic

Special Post Station for the Exhibition
Saturday and Sunday 13:00-16:00
You can buy and send a card with original stamp and original postmark designed by Tadanori Yokoo!

Gallery tours
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, at 3 p.m.
(the days of
events at 4 p.m.)

Cost: Exhibition admission fee

Work shop for children
3 April (Sun.) 14:00-
"Making illustrated postal cards!"
Participants must be elementary school students

Cost: for stamp and the more
(registration is necessary Tel:096-278-7503).
Place: Kid’s Factory
Home gallery concerts
every night 7 p.m.
Every night concerts in the home gallery at 7 p.m.

Place : Home gallery (free of charge)

International Adviser’s Lecture
20 March(Sun.) 14:00-15:30
Katy Deepwell is a writer/ art critic, art historian, based in London.She is the publisher and editor of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal, which she founded in 1998.

Suzanne Milevska
born in 1961, Bitola, is an art theorist and was curator working at the Museum of the City of Skopje, Macedonia.

Friday Jam Concert
Friday evenings at 18:30-
Live concerts taking place every Friday at 18:30.
Place: Home Gallery or Art Loft
Time: Friday evenings at 18:30
Cost: Free
Monday Movies
Monday afternoon and evenings at 15:00-, 18:00-
Weekly screenings of various cinematic masterpieces starting at 3 pm and 6pm.
Place: Art Loft / Free

Tadanori Yokoo -Kumamoto Buenos Aireszation Project

KumamotoCity, KumamotoCity Culture and Art Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, TKU TV Kumamoto

Sponsor: Suntory

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