Organized by Ming Tiampo and Alexandra Munroe
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
“Gutai: Splendid Playground is the first large, in-depth exhibition devoted to Gutai and the first to thoroughly cover its panoply of mediums…Accompanied by a terrific catalog, [Tiampo and Munroe’s] effort should permanently dislodge any notion of postwar modernism as a strictly Western phenomenon.”
— Roberta Smith, New York Times
Gutai: Splendid Playground presents Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era. Founded by artist, critic, and teacher Yoshihara Jirō, the Gutai group was legendary in its own time. Its members explored new art forms combining performance, painting, and interactive environments and created an international common ground of experimental art through the worldwide reach of their exhibition and publication activities. Over its 18-year existence, Gutai forged an ethics of authenticity and individualism to create a ferociously new art.