“Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s”

Curated by Reiko Tomii, this exhibition represents the scholar’s latest effort to broaden contemporary art history. Presenting works by Matsuzawa Yutaka and collectives The Play and GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), among others, the show demonstrates how postwar Japanese artists created styles that were at once distinctive and reflective of broader global trends, such as Conceptualism, mail art, and Happenings.

Curated by Reiko Tomii and based on her similarly titled book from 2016, this exhibition represents the scholar’s latest effort to broaden contemporary art history by emphasizing a global web of correspondences rather than a linear narrative of largely Western developments. The show presents works by artist Matsuzawa Yutaka and collectives The Play and GUN (Group Ultra Niigata), demonstrating how postwar Japanese artists created styles that were at once distinctive and reflective of broader global trends, such as Conceptualism, mail art, and Happenings.