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Hisachika Takahashi by Yuki Okumura at Le Forum, Tokyo, presents an intimate dialogue between two artistic practices, each revisiting the other in close collaboration. The project explores questions of blurred identity and authorship while at the same time paying a heartfelt tribute to a little-known artist working in the shadow of two leading contemporary figures.
When he first saw the paintings of Hisachika Takahashi, Yuki Okumura was astounded by their freshness and spontaneity. In 2013, as the guest of the WIELS contemporary art centre in Brussels, Okumura chose to revive a 1967 solo exhibition staged by Takahashi in Antwerp, and to take the show on tour. Artistic reappropriation is a central feature of Okumura’s practice: here, he revisits Hisachika Takahashi’s work in the company of the artist himself. The result is a conceptual exhibition, co-conceived and co-produced for the 2016 season at Le Forum.
Hisachika Takahashi by Yuki Okumura spotlights the unusual career of this little-known Japanese artist (b. 1940) – a collaborator first with Lucio Fontana in Italy, from 1962 onwards, and later with Robert Rauschenberg in New York, from 1969 until the latter’s death in 2008. Takahashi produced a number of works in collaboration with both artists, and achieved critical acclaim in his own right. Working directly with Takahashi, Yuki Okumura invites us to rediscover his oeuvre through new works exploring a distinctive artistic legacy.
The show at Le Forum includes a video work showing Okumura interviewed in the persona of Hisachika Takahashi. The latter’s memories are projected through Okumura’s own practice, offering an unashamedly poetic perspective on Takahashi’s work. The resulting dialogue highlights the extent to which art remains open to new contexts and interpretations. By appropriating the images and memories of others, the history of art can be revisited and rewritten. Born in Japan in 1978, Yuki Okumura lives and works in Brussels and Maastricht.
Le Forum, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo,
Mon-Sat 11:00-20:00 (Last entry 19:30), Sun 11:00-19:00 (Last entry 18:30)
Curator at Le Forum : Reiko Setsuda