WINTER GARDEN: THE EXPLORATION OF THE MICROPOP IMAGINATION IN CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART




News Centre –TDO- The exhibition Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art, which features 15 young contemporary artists from Japan, has opened at Çankaya Municipality's Contemporary Arts Centre in Ankara.  

The opening ceremony of the exhibition, which has been realised in partnership between the Embassy of Japan in Turkey and the Japan Foundation, was attended by guests from diplomatic and arts circles.

Japan’s Ambassador to Ankara Akio Miyajima spoke at the opening of the exhibition and said that the winter garden stands for two things:

“The first meaning is that of a grey, dead garden in the winter. The other meaning is that of a greenhouse. The artists whose works are on exhibition here are trying to find positive aspects to today’s challenging world, just like in a winter garden and try to shape their daily lives as though that of an habitat in a greenhouse.”

Ambassador Miyajima said that the artists on exhibition had brought together aspects of manga, cartoons, anime, comics and computer games as though natural elements in a garden such as microorganisms, insects and plants and were trying to discover the meaning of life this way.

The Japanese Ambassador said “The works you see are the interpretations of artists who try to find the positive aspects of our challenging times. As you tour the exhibit, you will find pieces of your own interpretations.”

This exhibition attempts to explore the significant tendencies of contemporary Japanese art shared by the generation of young artists who were born between the late 1960s and the early 1980s, and emerged as professionals between the late 1990s and the early 2000s. In spite of the seeming variety of their artistic practices, this generation of artists shares certain attitudes and artistic principles: confronting the negative effects of globalization manifest in the disintegration of economy, the uniformity of life styles and destruction of local communities worldwide, this generation of artists seeks a unique way of survival by making the best of a disadvantageous situation by the use of modest and everyday materials, as well as by the deliberate adoption of a childlike spontaneity as a method.

 The current exhibition is an attempt to clarify such commonalities through the expressions of 14 contemporary artists, with the theoretical idea of “micropop.” Micropop is a word invented by Midori Matsui, critic and curator.

The exhibition Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art may be visited until June 17th at the Contemporary Arts centre in Ankara.