From July through to October the Henry Moore Institute will be presenting the first institutional solo exhibition of the Japanese sculptor Jiro Takamatsu outside of his home country.
An influential artist, theorist and teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, Jirō Takamatsu (1936-98) is central to the development of sculpture in Japan and is considered to be one of the most important Japanese artists of the post-war era.
Takamatsu sought out the interplay between presence and absence, carefully thinking through relationships between artwork and its perceiver. He turned to sculpture in 1961, applying sculptural thinking to see how objects might change their ‘temperature’.
The materials Takamatsu chose were always ready at hand. Sometimes they were tangible - everyday objects such as bottles, cloth, string, stones or furniture. Other times they had a strong association to sculptural traditions - such as marble, wood, concrete and iron. Significantly, he made use of intangible properties - perspective, shadows and numbers. These he made material and metaphorical in objects, events and drawings, giving form to the imponderables of space and time.
The Temperature of Sculpture is the first European institutional solo exhibition of Takamatsu’s work. Presenting more than seventy works, it traces Takamatsu’s artistic practice through his exhibition history, showing his participation in landmark international exhibitions, such as Venice Biennale (1968) and Documenta 6 (1977), and contributions to exhibitions in Japan where experimental practices flourished, including the annual Yomiuri Indépendant (1958-63), Tokyo Biennale: Between Man and Matter (1970) and Osaka Expo (1970).
Jirō Takamatsu: The Temperature of Sculpture
Henry Moore Institute
13 July – 22 October 2017