18 April 2016: I am proud that I will be part of a beautiful exhibition about the famous Japanese artist Shozo Shimamoto (1928-2013). He was a co-founder (along with Jirō Yoshihara) of the avant garde Gutai group formed in the 1950s, and his works are in museum collections such as those of the Tate Gallery and the Tate Modern (in both London and Liverpool) and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe, Japan. New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has noted him as one of the most daring and independent experimentalists of the postwar international art scene in the 1950s. Internationally today he is especially noted for his work in the “mail art” genre, of which he was a pioneer.
My contribution will be a small 21x27cm mixed media collage on 400 grams paper and shows the historical connection between my country the Netherlands and Japan in an abstract interpretation. The exhibition will take place from 29th April until 22 September 2016 in the Karuizawa New Art Museum, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.