Opening February 15- Gutai: Splendid Playground

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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February 15–May 8, 2013

Gutai: Splendid Playground

Discover an extraordinary range of bold creativity and raw expression in the first North American survey of Gutai, Japan’s most important artist collective of the 1950s and ’60s. Explore the group’s radical experimentation in the name of their rallying cry, “Do what no one has done before!” through 145 works by 25 artists, including a rotunda installation that invites you to draw and share the results with visitors from around the world. From performance painting to interactive sound art, from motorized sculpture to experimental film, see how Gutai artists used technology, nature, and their own bodies to break through the borders between art and everyday life. Gutai: Splendid Playground is organized by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor of Art History, Carleton University, and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, Guggenheim Museum.

Programs in conjunction with Gutai: Splendid Playground:
Panel Discussion (March 12th: 4pm)
Exhibition Tours (March 22 and April 26: 6pm and 8pm)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum > MAP
1071 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Opening hours: Friday – Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:45 pm, extended evening hours Saturdays until 7:45 pm

Above: Saburo Murakami, Passing Through, 1956. © Makiko Murakami and the former members of the Gutai Art Association. Photo: Courtesy Museum of Osaka University.