The Representative Director of our Foundation, Nakano, Gave a Lecture on the "Group Kyushu”, Reporting on about 50 Artists and Galleries Active in Kyushu.
We visited the "Group Kyushu” event held at Hakata Hankyu. After the visit, the Representative Director of our foundation, Nakano, gave a lecture to about 50 artists and galleries active in Kyushu.
The "Group Kyushu” is a school of avant-garde artists based in Kyushu who — while using daily necessities such as corrugated cardboard, nails, nuts, springs, and staples as materials — have a vehemently anti-establishment and anti-Tokyo stance.
From the latter half of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s (or during the 30s of the Showa Era in Japan) a call for the transformation of art began to be heard both in Japan and all over the world; consequently, a wide variety of art began to appear. Around this time, various avant-garde art groups formed in Japan — not only in Tokyo but also in each local city. Young artists who were dissatisfied with the art system created by the established public associations of the time formed their own groups, and began exhibiting their works outdoors and at such venues as the open exhibition, “Yomiuri Independent Exhibition".
They began to present experimental works overflowing with energy that resisted the accepted categorizations of "painting" and "sculpture".
“Neo-Dada" in Tokyo and "Gutai Art Association" in Kansai are typical examples, but the "Kyushu Group" formed in Fukuoka City stands out in particular. (from Gallery Moryta)
Our foundation is considering to continue supporting “Group Kyushu”.