We Can Make Another Future
JAPANESE ART AFTER 1989

6 Sep 2014 – 20 Sep 2015
GOMA | Gallery 3.1, Gallery 3.2, Gallery 3.3, Gallery 3.4 | Free

'We can make another future' surveys the art of Heisei, the current era in the Japanese imperial calendar, through 100 works by over 40 contemporary Japanese artists.

Increasingly cosmopolitan in character and operating with an unprecedented level of international mobility, the art of this period offers a sophisticated reflection on the social conditions behind art's production in Japan.

Beginning in 1989, Heisei has seen significant challenges for Japan, but it has also been the period of 'Cool Japan', with widespread international interest in Japan's contemporary cultural production. As well as 25 years of Heisei, this also marks 25 years of the Gallery's public engagement with the contemporary art of Japan.

'We can make another future' profiles several overlapping themes for this fascinating period in Japanese. The exhibition explores the emergence of the digital sublime; responses to the rich field of consumer culture and new technologies of representation and communication; and critiques of national and sexual identity through figuration and performance.

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Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Japan b.1965 / Seafood hotpot/Beijing (from 'Vegetable weapon' series) 2002 / Type C photograph on paper / Purchased 2005 with funds from John Potter and Roz MacAllan through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Japan b.1965 / Seafood hotpot/Beijing (from 'Vegetable weapon' series) 2002 / Type C photograph on paper / Purchased 2005 with funds from John Potter and Roz MacAllan through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Michiko Kon, Japan b.1955 / Self portrait #3 1989 / Gelatin silver photograph on paper / Purchased 1996 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist

Michiko Kon, Japan b.1955 / Self portrait #3 1989 / Gelatin silver photograph on paper / Purchased 1996 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Takashi Murakami, Japan b.1962 / And then, and then and then and then and then 1994 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 1996. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Takashi Murakami, Japan b.1962 / And then, and then and then and then and then 1994 / Synthetic polymer paint on canvas / Purchased 1996. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery.

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / Soul under the moon 2002 / Mirrors, ultra violet lights, water, plastic, nylon thread, timber, synthetic polymer paint / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2002 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer and The Myer Foundation, a project of the Sidney Myer Centenary Celebration 1899-1999, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and The Yayoi Kusama Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc

Yayoi Kusama, Japan b.1929 / Soul under the moon 2002 / Mirrors, ultra violet lights, water, plastic, nylon thread, timber, synthetic polymer paint / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2002 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer and The Myer Foundation, a project of the Sidney Myer Centenary Celebration 1899-1999, through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation and The Yayoi Kusama Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Appeal / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Yayoi Kusama, Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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