Self-taught, Hiroshima-born artist Tadashi Tonoshiki (1942-1992) was heralded for meticulously executed paintings and prints in which he dealt with his and his parents’ experiences of the atomic bomb. In later years, based on a critical view of contemporary consumer society, Tonoshiki created dynamic installations using waste and flotsam as materials. Then, just as anticipation was running high for his work, he suddenly died at the age of 50. Looking back on Tonoshiki’s career on the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition attempts to determine his significance in the present day.
This exhibition is composed of three parts: “Collection Highlights” plus the two special features “Experimental Films” and “Various Silkscreens.”“Collection Highlights” will present a carefully curated selection of the Museum’s holdings, showcasing a diverse range of work focusing primarily on trend-setting practitioners of 20th-century American contemporary art.The first of the special features, titled “Experimental Film,” will shine a spotlight on video and film works, already well established as a contemporary art genre.The second special feature, “Various Silkscreens,” will examine the printmaking technique of silkscreen.