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 radical, Japanese, 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, gaining international acclaim after their first exhibitions in New York in 1958. The Gutai Pinacotheca—the group’s exhibition space—was named by the French art critic Michel Tapié, who discovered the group during his trip in Japan in 1957 and became a fervent supporter of 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.
Images: Images of the invitation are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.