Gutai Group, GUTAI PINACOTHECA, Osaka, 1966

Artists: Joji Kikunami, Aine Kinashi, Shigeki Kitani, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Masatoshi Masanobu, Takesada Matsutani, Sadamasa Motonaga, Shuji Mukai, Saburo Murakami, Takehiro Nabekura, Michimasa Naohara, Yuko Nasaka, Senkichiro Nasaka, Ohara, Minoru Onoda, Masaya Sakamoto, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Yasuo Sumi, Satoshi Tai, Motonao Takasaki, Atsuko Tanaka, Teruyuki Tsubouchi, Chiyu Uemae, Hiroshi Watanabe, Tsuruko Yamazaki, Minoru Yoshida, Toshio Yoshida, Jirō Yoshihara, Michio Yoshihara

Opening: July 1, 1966

Duration: July 1–10, 1966

Dimensions: 20.7 x 25.8 cm

Further Information: The Gutai group was a Japanese radical postwar association of artists founded by Jirō Yoshihara in Ashiya, a small town near Osaka, in 1954. Gutai engaged in performances, happenings and conceptual art from early on gaining international acclaim after their first exhibitions in New York in 1958. The Gutai Pinacotheca was named by the French art critic Michel Tapié, who discovered the group during his trip in Japan in 1957 and since then has vigorously supported the artists. The exhibition space opened in 1962, and was located near Osaka, where Yoshihara owned some storehouses. The Pinacotheca supported Gutai group members, showed international artists such as Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Capogrossi, and Sam Francis, and hosted many visitors like Jasper Johns, John Cage, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Pinacotheca closed its doors in April 1970.

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Images: Images of the invitation are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

 

Galerie Heide Hildebrand based in Klagenfurt, Austria, was one of the main supporters of the Gutai Group in Western Europe. From early on, Heide Hildebrand organized many group and solo exhibitions with Gutai artists. The letter from Jori Yoshihara, the founder and representative of the Gutai group, announces the closing of the Pinacotheca in April 1970, and the planed opening of the mini Pinacotheca next year.

GUTAI GROUP, Letter to Heide Hildebrand, 1970; Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
GUTAI GROUP, Letter to Heide Hildebrand, 1970; Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden