Two large-scale installations titled Not Everything but / Green House and Not Everything but / Orange House created in 2009 by renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, is the Special Project in Deji Art Museum Public Art Sector after the two-year upgrade and renovation.
As an accumulation of Nara’s nearly 30-year artistic career, these two “houses” form a self-contained “Yoshitomo Nara Art Museum” which include various media including such as paintings, sculptures, installations, performance, and conceptual art. The exhibition will feature around 20 sizable paintings as well as nearly 600 dolls and collectible objects. The works on view embody a safe harbour for both the mind and the body, inviting the audience into a duality of dream and reality.
The houses illustrate Nara’s self-expression, creative process, and the exploration of artistic presentation. The spontaneous yet dramatic arrangement of interior decorations strikes a stark contrast to the traditional display of artworks hung on the white wall. Through a playful yet carefully weighed fashion, Nara combines the layout of his own studio with the concept of mini museum, creating a new approach for art exhibition thereby having expanded the definition of art.
Born in Aomori, Japan, Yoshitomo Nara is among the most internationally renowned and representative Japanese contemporary artists.
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