TARO OKAMOTO


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Have you ever seen
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this gigantic wall painting in Shibuya?

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The wall painting is called “Myth of Tomorrow” and it was created by Taro Okamoto.
Taro was working on it for one of the hotels in Mexico and it had been missing for a while.
Then, the painting was rediscovered in Mexico in 2003 and installed at Shibuya Mark City in 2008.

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It was about 2 months ago … I was at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo to see the exhibition ‘Okamoto Taro ― The 100th Anniversary of His Birth’ on March 11th.
http://sakura-hotel-ikebukuro.com/blog/2011/03/311_earthquake.html

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I was evacuated from the museum and I could not go through whole in the exhibition …
The National Museum of Modern Art became a place for evacuation.

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One day, I came back to see the exhibition again.

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People were waiting on line for 70 minutes.

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The year 2011 marks the centenary of Taro Okamoto’s birth (1911-1996).

“Art is explosion” … when I was little, Taro said the words in a TV commercial.
The words have had a strong impact on me and his appearance on TV variety shows was nothing but the eccentric artist to me.

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After going through approximately 130 works including paintings, sculptures. photographs, and designs, I saw his philosophy and the way he lived.
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In the exhibition, “Confrontation” is a key word.
Confrontations with 'pretty' Art, the War, Progress and Harmony for Mankind, the Consumer Society and himself …

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At the exit of the exhibition, people could pick a “Taro’s words” from one of 4 boxes which looked like lottery boxes.

I picked …
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Sticking to something that is not special is much harder than having a great adventure.

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Someday, I want to visit Osaka and see real “Tower of the Sun” that was created for Expo ’70 and now is preserved and located in the Expo Commemoration Park in Osaka.


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