Shinro Ohtake, Blue Mosque No.5, oil on canvas, 91 x 73 cm, 2002
Shinro Ohtake: Tabi-Kei
September 25 - December 25, 2006
Base Gallery has been working together with the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in the preparation for Shinro Ohtake's exhibition "Zen-Kei: Retrospective 1955-2006." Also we are cooperating with other five exhibitions of Ohtake simultaneously taking place in various venues throughout Japan this fall. "Tabi-Kei" will be the onset of these exhibitions.
Shinro Ohtake has been creating up to 30,000 works in his life, most of them seen by no one else. His stunning creativity is incomparable, and an enormous amount of his works directly conveys his intrinsic creativity and a hidden demon inside a human mind.
His eclectic expressions and genre-straddling performances have made is difficult for people to seize a complete picture of his work. Now, we will have the first and probably the last opportunity to eyewitness a thorough retrospective of Ohtake. At "Zen-kei", over 2,000 works will be exhibited.
We believe that this retrospective will make the world realize that real works of art do not come from shallow ideas and temporary strategies. Moreover, "Zen-Kei" will surely provide the viewers with a great opportunity to experience the heat of expression and the legitimate tradition of drawing and painting with hands.
In "Tabi-Kei", you will see fascinating paintings, drawings and etchings featuring landscapes, from his travels to various places around the globe, which might have stimulated and supported his creation throughout his life as an artist.
Most of the works here have never been exhibited before. Considering that there is still an enormous amount of unseen works stored in his atelier, we cannot help being overwhelmed by the strength of his urge to create and always create something.
* Opening reception on September 25th, from 18:00.