Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim Through May 8
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GUTAI: SPLENDID PLAYGROUND AT THE GUGGENHEIM THROUGH MAY 8
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Gutai: Splendid Playground
Through May 8, 2013
Described by the New York Times as “a mind-shifting exhibition” that “should permanently dislodge any notion of postwar modernism as a strictly Western phenomenon,” Gutai: Splendid Playground explores the dynamic output of the Gutai Art Association (1954–72), the radically inventive and influential Japanese art collective whose innovative and playful approaches to installation and performance yielded one of the most important international avant-garde movements to emerge after World War II.
It is the first North American museum exhibition devoted to the Gutai group and offers a comprehensive interpretation of the convention-defying movement over its two-decade history. For more information, download the press kit.
Concrete Escort I, II, III, IV
April 26, 6 and 8 pm
New York–based Japanese performance artist Ei Arakawa invites painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers, and archivists to form a temporal group addressing Gutai today. Resulting in a performative exhibition tour of Gutai: Splendid Playground where the audience will be escorted and repositioned, emphasis will be on the power dynamic within Gutai, women and men, singularity and plurality, and performance and painting. Tasked to communicate the diversity of Gutai activities, each tour takes a different route through the exhibition.
$20, $15 members, $10 students for 6 pm performance. $25, $20 members for 8 pm performance, which includes a reception.
Gutai: Splendid Playground is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Japan Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Tokio Marine Holdings, the United States–Japan Foundation, and the Dedalus Foundation, Inc. The Leadership Committee for Gutai: Splendid Playground is gratefully acknowledged for its support: Hauser & Wirth, Yoko Ono Lennon, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Cindy
and Howard Rachofsky, Tina Kim and Jae Woong Chung, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Richard Roth, and those who wish to remain anonymous.
Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Available with admission or downloadable to your own device, the Guggenheim’s new, free interactive app offers an enhanced visitor experience. Explore special exhibitions, access more than 900 works in the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, and learn about the museum’s landmark building. Verbal imaging tours are also included for the visually impaired.
Museum Hours: Sun–Wed, 10 am–5:45 pm; Fri, 10 am–5:45 pm; Sat, 10 am–7:45 pm; closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at:
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April 16, 2013
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT
Keri Murawski, Senior Publicist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840
Installation view: Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 15–May 8, 2013. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation