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Taro izumi “ex”

  • Organization : Take Ninagawa LLC
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Visual Art / Media Art


This was the artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition, held in Switzerland from September 2 through November 15, 2020. The process of holding an exhibition under the pandemic, which has shaken the organization of exhibitions to its foundations with the postponement of exhibition periods, having to rethink planning etc., provided a practical opportunity for the artist to study approaches to the exhibition as part of a civilized society. The exhibition revolves around works exploring the fluctuation of human recognition between the visible and the unseen, the perceived and the unperceived: an immense sound installation inspired by the situation for theaters under coronavirus and made up of white noise, a “mass of silence,” from a multitude of participating empty theaters around the world; a virtual system deliberately designed to give online visitors an impaired visual experience of the works to evoke the limited sight range in a real theater environment; posters of lost cats; a performance in which the letters stuck on a wall making up a large sign with the title of the exhibition are released and fall to the ground.


Taro Izumi
Born in Nara in 1976. His Recent solo exhibitions include: “ex” (Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2020), “The Dawn of Compact Structure” (Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, 2020), “A Child Suddenly” (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2017), “Pan” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2017).


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Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland