Talking to the Past, Talking to Today - Yoshitomo NaraVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Afternoon Presentation by Artist Yoshitomo Nara
Registration at 4.45pm
Presentation at 5pm
Close at 7pm
Limited seats. First-come, first-served basis.
*Conducted in Japanese with English and Cantonese simultaneous interpretation
English Simulcast at Miller Theater*
*Due to the overwhelming response received from the program, we will be livestreaming the program (with English interpretation) at Miller Theater. Audience at the simulcast will not be able to participate in the Q&A with speakers.
Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara is the first major solo exhibition of the renowned Japanese artist in Hong Kong. Come up-close-and-personal with Yoshitomo Nara as he discusses the genesis of his big-headed portraits, demystifies the influence of visual culture on him, and his (non-) relationship with the neo-pop or superflat phenomenon. Nara will take audiences through a journey of memories, life and imaginations from his past and present – sharing his inspirations derived from feelings of ephemeral moments and encounters with random events and people in life – “mono no aware” (the pathos of things” – how the most emotional, and beautiful moments are those when we realize the impermanence of life.
Yoshitomo Nara was born in Hirosaki, Aomori in 1959. He completed his Master's Degree at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1987. In 1988, Nara moved to Germany to study at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (State Academy of Arts) and attained the title “Meisterschüler” (master pupil) under A.R. Penck. He lived and worked in Cologne from 1994 to 2000. Also, Nara taught at University of California, Los Angeles for 3 months as a guest professor in 1998. The artist lived and worked in Tokyo after returned to Japan in 2000, and moved to Tochigi in 2005.
Through his impressionable works depicting children and animals in forms ranging from paintings and drawings, to three-dimensional works employing FRP, ceramic, bronze, to large-scale installations, Nara continues to attract audience internationally and stands to be one of Japan’s representative artists of our time.
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