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Gutai Movement

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When I was skimming through Flanagan for the first time, the words "Gutai Movement" jumped out at me. I decided to research what this was, and came up with something a bit more specific-- an exhibit (already past) about the Gutai movement at the Guggenheim Museum in New York called "Gutai: Splendid Playground".

The article about this exhibit gave me these facts:

  1. Gutai is a Japanese postwar art movement
  2. It's a combination of painting and sculpture
  3. The exhibit involves participatory play
  4. There is a canvas with the sign "Please Draw Freely": each visitor can draw on the initially blank canvas so that it becomes a collaborative work of art
  5. Gutai was meant to "rebuild democracy by both demonstrating and encouraging symbolic acts of independence"
  6. Gutai underscores and cultivates connections among the new art of Europe, America, and Japan
  7. Some of the art is painted with feet, some with robots, and some with fire (yes really!)

Here's the link to the article:

and to the exhibit: