Thirty Years: Written with a Splash of Blood
BLUM, Los Angeles PALMS – Jan 13 to March 03, 2024 California (US)
Artists on show: Takashi Murakami. Yoshitomo Nara. Yukio Mishima.
BLUM will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with Thirty Years: Written with a Splash of Blood, a milestone exhibition installed across its three locations—Los Angeles, Tokyo, and New York. Co-curated by Tim Blum and postwar Japanese art historian Mika Yoshitake, this presentation is an inter-generational and cross-disciplinary survey of Japanese art from the 1960s to today. The title is a line from Nobel Prize-nominated author Yukio Mishima’s Runaway Horses, a celebrated novel that touches on themes of national identity, self-actualization, and the power of reincarnation.
First trip to Japan.
This exhibition reflects on Blum’s first trip to Japan forty years ago, which catalyzed the gallery’s groundbreaking work with Japanese and international artists including foundational exhibitions of artists Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, the acclaimed 2012 survey Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-ha, as well as Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s in 2019. This show will feature work by key artists from Gutai, Mono-ha, and Superflat movements through today, traversing the decades from the immediate aftermath of postwar Japan, onward.
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