Tsuyoshi Ozawa
Imperfection - Prallel Art History

Contemporary artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa (b. 1965) picks out various phenomena from his own surroundings and from the history of art, turning them into fantastical artworks possessed of humor and a keen analytical point of view. At this exhibition, we present a range of Ozawa’s works, including a new installation, with a particular focus on pieces inspired by themes from Japanese art history.

Since the Meiji Restoration, various art techniques and institutions have been introduced from the West, though their forms have changed to suit the actual circumstances in Japan, sometimes with peculiar results. The theme Ozawa has chosen for his new installation, “plaster figures / plaster-figure drawing,” is one example of this. Originally developed in Europe during the Academic period, this teaching method was introduced to Japan in the early Meiji period and evolved in a unique way during the age of modern painting. In Europe where it originated, the method soon went out of fashion, but in Japan it played an important role after the war as an entrance examination subject at art universities. Even in the 21st century when artistic expression has become diversified, it survives as a teaching aid in art education.

The other works in the exhibition also shed light on similar discrepancies and unconformities in Japanese art history. Indeed, works such as Museum of Soy Sauce Art (1999), in which Ozawa recreates famous artworks from the past in soy sauce based on the fictitious premise that this condiment indispensable to the Japanese was once used as an artists’ material, and The Return of Painter F (2015), in which a narrative combining fact and fiction is created using as a model Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita who as a “war artist” was buffeted by the turbulent seas of his time, could be said to constitute a “parallel art history” created by Ozawa. 

The “imperfection” in the exhibition title is a word that appears frequently in The Book of Tea by Okakura Tenshin (Kakuzo), an art historian who was active in the Meiji period and became the first dean of the Tokyo Fine Arts School (current Tokyo University of the Arts). Here, “imperfection” is not a negative word meaning the opposite of “perfection”; rather, it has a boundlessly rich, gentle meaning indicating a stage on the path toward perfection. 
 
This is Ozawa’s first major solo exhibition to be held in the Kanto region for some time. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a glimpse into his unique artistic world.
 
Organizer: Ciba City Museum of Art Cooperate: MISA SHIN GALLERY
 

 Photo:Risaku Suzuki

 

Tsuyoshi Ozawa


 
Born 1965 in Tokyo. As a student at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ozawa began his “Jizo-ing” series in which he photographs statues of Jizo that he makes himself situated in different environments In 1993, he began his Nasubi Gallery series of portable, miniature galleries made from milk boxes, and his “Consultation Art.” In 1999, he produced his "Museum of Soy Sauce Art" remakes of masterpieces from Japanese art history painted with soy sauce, and in 2001, began his “Vegetable Weapon” series of photographic portraits of young women holding weapons made of vegetables. He had his first solo museum exhibition “Answer with Yes and No!” at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo in 2004, and among his solo exhibitions since is “The Invisible Runner Strides on" (2009) held at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

 

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Exhibition Information

Admission


Adults 1,200yen (1,000yen) 
University student 700yen (500yen)
Free for High school/junior high school/elementary school student/under

* Figures in () are discount rates for advance tickets / group(20 people or more) 

Open Hours

10:00~18:00(Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
※Last entry to the museum is 30 minuites prior to closing

Closed

February 5 (Mon.)

EVENT

Symposium (in Japanese)
”The history of a plaster figure– its Reception and Expansion” 

Speaker:
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist)
Tadashi Kanai (Professor, Shinshu University Department of Philosophy & Art Communication)
Shinya Arai (Art History / Part-time Lecturer, Tama Art University Faculty of Art and Design General Education)
 
Tsuyoshi Ozawa and guests discusses about unique history of to accept and expand “plaster figures / plaster-figure drawing”. Also about includes background of a new installation.
 
Date: 14:00-, Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Doors pen: 13:30)
Venue: 11th floor, Chiba City Museum of Art
 
Capacity: 150 (booking required)
Fee: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: On that day from 12:00, numbered tickets will be issued on the first-come-first-served basis.

Artist Talk (in Japanese)
Tsuyoshi Ozawa X Makoto Aida (Artist),and more...

Speaker:
Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Artist)
Makoto Aida (Artist)

and more...
 
Tsuyoshi Ozawa and guests makes plaster-figure drawing and talks about it.

Date: 15:00-, Saturday, February 17, 2018 (Doors pen: 14:30)
Venue: 11th floor, Chiba City Museum of Art
Capacity: 150 (booking required)
Fee: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: On that day from 12:00, numbered tickets will be issued on the first-come-first-served basis.

Lecture by exhibition curator (in Japanese)
"Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Modern Japanese Art"

Speaker:
Hirokazu Mizunuma (Curator, Chiba City Museum of Art)

 
Date: 14:00-15:30, Saturday, February 10
Venue: 11th floor, Chiba City Museum of Art
Fee: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: Not required (first-come basis; please come to the 11th floor)

Gallery Talk by the exhibition curator (in Japanese)

Talks by the exhibition curator conducted in a gallery-tour format.
Speaker:
Hirokazu Mizunuma (Curator, Chiba City Museum of Art)

 
Date: 14:00-15:00, Wednesday, January 10
Venue: 8th floor, Chiba City Museum of Art
Fee: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: Not required (first-come basis; please come to the 8th floor)
 

Gallery Talks by museum volunteer staff (in Japanese)

Talks by museum volunteer staff conducted in a gallery-tour format.

 
Date: 14:00-15:00, Wednesdays

Venue: 8th floor, Chiba City Museum of Art
Fee: Free (exhibition ticket required)
Booking: Not required (first-come basis; please come to the 8th floor)

Photos

Imperfection 

2017

Return of Painter F

2015, courtesy: Mori Art Museum
 

Museum of Soy Sauce Art,

1999, Photo: Yuji Shinomiya, courtesy: Fukuoka Asian Art Musum

 

The Seven Wonders of Kanazawa

2008, photo: KIOKU Keizo, courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Conetmporary Art, Kanazawa

The Reproduction of the Tea House Oil Painting Gallery,

2011

Nasubi Gallery by Muneteru Ujino "NEW CLUB VENUS"

1993
 

ACCESS

Chiba City Museum of Art

3-10-8, Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba, 260-8733

TEL: 043-221-2311
 

Transportation

From JR Chiba Station (East Exit)

  • 15 minutes walk
  • 5 minuites walk from Yoshikawa Koen Station by Chiba Monorail
  • 3 minuites walk from Chuo 3 cho-me by bus, leaving from bus stop number 7

From Keisei Chiba Chuo Station

  • 10 minuites walk

Catalogue

 
Now on Sale!
 
 
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1,800JPY 
 
contents

 Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Japanese Modern Art 
text: Hirokazu Mizunuma

  Tokyo University of the Arts' Large Casts Room as the Crossroad of the Past and Present
text: Shinya Araki

  Approaching "Imperfection"
text: Tadashi Kanai 
 
Plates 
  Imperfection
  The Seven Wonders of Kanazawa
  gnabmelaPno gnidnecseD spoortaraP esenapaJ Japanese
  Paratroops Descending on Palembang 
The Return of Painter F
 The Reproduction of The Tea House Oil Paintings Gallery
 Museum of Soy Sauce Art
 Nasubi Gallery

 Tsuyoshi Ozawa 52 Years old (artist's Biography)
 Bibliography
List of Works