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ラジカル (Rajikaru!) Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950–1975
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ラジカル (Rajikaru!) Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950–1975
March 6–June 3, 2007 at the Getty Center

At the end of World War II, Japan was left in ruins and a relative cultural void. During the next quarter century, Japan endured the legacy of the atomic bomb, as well as the experiences of foreign occupation and a rapid transformation into a metropolitan society. This exhibition highlights a dynamic phase of avant-garde art in postwar Japan, which was characterized by self-reflection and multimedia experimentation.

During this period, numerous innovative artistic groups emerged in Japan. They tested definitions and the practice of art by producing work in a variety of traditional and new media. The artists collaborated beyond the boundaries of artistic collectives, genres, and conventional exhibition spaces, presenting their work in the streets, temporary theaters, and other public spheres.

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Yoko Ono, Japanese, (1933-)
b. February 18, 1933, Tokyo

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