A Feverish Era: Art Informel and the Expansion of Japanese
   Artistic Expression in the 1950s and ’60s

TESHIGAHARA Sofu, Tree’s Beast 1957, Sogetsu Foundation, photo:UCHIDA Yoshitaka
TESHIGAHARA Sofu, Tree’s Beast,
1957, Sogetsu Foundation,
Photo: UCHIDA Yoshitaka

 According to a popular phrase at the time, 1956 marked the end of the postwar era. It was also in that year that a collection of the latest examples of Western art, which had been selected and dubbed "Art Informel" (lit. "unformed art") by the Paris-based critic Michel Tapié, made its way to Japan.
 With an emphasis on the traces left by an artist’s actions, striking colors, and materials with a vivid physicality, these works exerted a huge influence on Japanese artists. Later years saw an explosion of "feverish" Informel-style expressions not only in Western-style painting and sculpture, but also in Japanese-style painting, ceramics, and traditional fields like ikebana.
 This exhibition, consisting of approximately 100 works, brings to life this unprecedented chapter in Japanese art history, notable for its expansive genres and diverse developments.

List of Works

A Feverish Era: Art Informel and the Expansion of Japanese Artistic Expression in the 1950s and ’60s

Exhibition dates

July 29 (Fri.)- September 11 (Sun), 2016


Regular hours
9:30AM - 5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (Every Friday)
9:30AM - 8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)




The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto


  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 900 700 600
University students 500 350 250
High school students or younger Free

* Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)

Publicity materials

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