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岡本太郎とその親、一平・かの子。芸術に生きた一家の足跡をたどる
Art and Photography
2020.02.08

Okamoto Taro and his parents, Ippei and Kanoko. Follow the footsteps of a family living in art

TARO OKAMOTO MUSEUM of ART Period: 2020.01.17-2020.04.12
Ends in 9 days

「Taro Okamoto “Holy Family”」

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(TOP image) "At Hakone Maru, departing from Kobe Port before traveling to Europe on December 5, 1965."

His father, Ikahei Okamoto, is a manga artist, and Taro Okamoto, whose parents are novelist and poet's mother, Kanako Okamoto. The novelist Yasunari Kawabata, who was closely involved with the family, called this family the "Holy Family." As Taro himself says, "If you ever thank your parents, you always treat them like friends," this family has an equal relationship with a couple, a parent and a child as one independent personality. At that time, it was a very rare family form. On the other hand, it is also said that there was “a unimaginable desperate contradiction” in the joint life of completely different artists, and Taro grows up in the various conflicts that occur within it.

In this exhibition, we will introduce the works of Taro Okamoto, Ippei and Kanoko as well as daily necessities and photographs that reflect their daily life, and trace the footprints of the family living in art.

《Highlight》
● Exhibition focusing on the work, life, and life of Taro Okamoto's father, Ippei, and mother, Kanoko
● A glimpse of life at the time from Ippei's tailcoat and Kanoko's clothes
● Ippei's “Single Alone” Taro Okamoto Museum of Art debut!
● This exhibition can take photos!

Okamoto Taro and his parents, Ippei and Kanoko. Follow the footsteps of a family living in art
Okamoto Ippei 《Single person ’s exclusivity》 Production year unknown

《Main exhibited works》
■ Taro Okamoto
《Mother Tower》, 《Proud》, 《Face》, 《Forest Family》, other oil paintings, sculptures and drawings
■ Kanako Okamoto / Ippei
《Kanoko Kannon》, 《Ippei ・ Kanoko Calligraphy》
■ Kanako Okamoto
《Karokin jealousy》, 《Natural flow》, 《Shiraume》
■ OkaIppei Hon
"Soseki Hachi", "Hina Doll Decoration", etc.
Approximately 130 items including kimonos, clothes, folding fans, accessories, etc.

Okamoto Taro and his parents, Ippei and Kanoko. Follow the footsteps of a family living in art
《Family of the Forest》 Oil on canvas 1983

Okamoto Taro and his parents, Ippei and Kanoko. Follow the footsteps of a family living in art

Taro Okamoto “Holy Family”
[Date] January 17 (Fri)-April 12 (Sun) 9: 30-17: 00 (Admission until 16:30)
[Venue] Permanent Exhibition Room, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
[Closed days] Monday (except February 24), February 12 (Wed), February 25 (Tue)
[Fee]
■ <Permanent exhibition only until 2/13 (Thu.)> General: ¥ 500, high school / university students, 65 years and over: ¥ 300, junior high school students and younger: free
■ <Friday, 2/14-4/12 (Sun) will be changed to the set fee with the special exhibition> General 700 yen, high school, college students, 65 years old and over 500 yen, junior high school students and under are free
[Inquiry] 044-900-9898 (Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki City)

Check related events!
"Reading and Talking Talk" by Hanon-Memories of Parents Taro Tells-
The reading unit "Hanaon" will read aloud to the "Taro Okamoto" Holy Family "" exhibition. TaroMemories for parents to talk. In addition, we will introduce essays and letters spelling out the interactions with parents while talking.
[Date] February 22nd (Sat) @ 15:00-15:30 / 17:30-18:30
[Venue] Permanent Exhibition Room, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
[Performers] Kanon (Reading Unit)
[Fee] $ Free (viewing fee required) / ¥ 500 (permanent exhibition room admission fee)
* You can also see the performance of ② with the admission ticket on the day.
※ ①② differs in performance.

Junko Yui alone "Letter to Taro"
A number of letters from Mother and Son to Son Taro. Based on these, actress Yujuno plays Kanako Okamoto.
[Date] March 29 (Sun) @ 15: 00-15: 30/17: 30-18: 30
[Venue] Permanent Exhibition Room, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
[Appearance and script] Junko Yui (actress and director)
[Director] Natti. Natsuko
[Fee] $ Free (viewing fee required) / ¥ 500 (permanent exhibition room admission fee)
* You can also see the performance of ② with the admission ticket on the day.

  • TARO OKAMOTO MUSEUM of ART
  • TARO OKAMOTO MUSEUM of ART
  • TARO OKAMOTO MUSEUM of ART

The Municipal Museum of Art opened in 1999, three years after Taro Okamoto, a leading Japanese artist in the 20th century, died. 1779 works donated to Kawasaki City by Taro Okamoto are on display. Various events such as special exhibitions, permanent exhibitions, museum tours and workshops are also held.

Speaking of the symbol tower of the Taro Okamoto Museum, "Mother's Tower" is 30 meters high. Based on a prototype created with the image of "the strength of a giant tree deeply rooted in the earth", "the gentleness of a plump and plump mother", and "the eternal life burning to the sky", faithful to the intention of Taro Okamoto Reproduced and produced.

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