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Yasumasa Morimura, Portrait (Van Gogh), 1985

Several important trends arose in the Eighties that bear directly on art in Japan today. They include installation art, reliance on viewer participation, new awareness of art’s relationship with society, and the debut of alternative spaces and media art. Artists moreover objectively viewed “art” as an institution, discovered an interest in “the everyday,” and took an attitude of valuing flexibility. The subculture of this decade also strongly impacted art in the Nineties and thereafter. This exhibition looks deeply into Eighties art, seeking the origins of today’s art scene not in subculture but in authentic “art.”