Marie's Suitcase is a little bit sad to leave the Waitpinga farm and its sheep and its grapefruit, but let's hope that the future roads travelled will bring us good things. We'll stay in Japan for a little while.
During my last stay in Hiroshima I saw a fantastic exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, about art in Japan during the 70s. I wanted to show you some of the pieces exhibited. The pictures are taken from the catalog of the exhibition, and for most of them, because my command of Japanese is close to non-existent, all I did was enjoy the art for what it looks like, without knowing too much about the context. The few paragraphs below are taken from the leaflet handed out at the entrance of the museum.
- 'From 1968 to the early 1970s, Japan passed through a heated period, with intensification of student activism, Expo '70 fever, and other events.
A movement arose in which creators in various fields such as design, drama, and music adventurously interacted with each other and questioned radically what art should be.
Creators endeavored to doubt existing expressions and to seek the essential, while there arose anti-Expo movements against Expo '70 and resistance to organisations that were perceived as authoritarian (= mostly the USA <--- me).
Distinctive, avant-garde books and magazines such as The Design Review and Film Quarterly Magazine were created by groups of designers, photographers and writers in unison. Further, various magazines such as the woman's magazine An-an and the town magazine Pia were published, sensitively capturing the new era and the trends of the streets. By the late 1970s, the mood of the times changed dramatically and painting was reinstated, as if making a fresh start from its origins.
Focusing on youth culture, magazines such as Popeye and Brutus were published one after another, and the magazine covers were adorned with light, easy and cozy illustrations. The period was coloured by the brilliance of what is called the "Saison Culture" today, including designs and posters that emanated from PARCO and SEIBU department stores, and the Seibu Museum of art.' -
Atomic bomb and the 26 saints + 1 newcomer
This is a giant add promoting the Seibu Department store. Samurais performing the act of Seppuku on kamikaze airplanes?? On the yellow stripes it says "whahahahahaha" and "Hiahahahahaa".
Expo 70 shaping up. The next three panels show some of the designs for pavillions and their walls.
Yes, this one too :-))
Jun Ropé. A clothes brand? Hmm... yes, that would actually make sense.
The 70s saw the birth of the Capsule Apartments. I'm not sure if the Nagakin Capsule Tower was designed especially for Expo' 70, but it did inspire the now popular Capsule Hotels. Think how nice it would be to live in 5m2. And not just for one night. Living there for real. You can cook and not leave your bed. You'll have to get up to take a shower, though. Nothing's perfect.
And I am ending the first part with this visual poem, no need for words, everything is there in only one page.
I hope this has eased our way back to Japan, there will be more of the 70s....