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The Gutai Group

The Gutai Group Collage

Started: 1954

Ended: 1972

"Discarding the frame, getting off the walls, shifting from immobile time to lived time, we aspire to create a new painting."


This Japanese movement represented a radical and energetic approach to artmaking that encompassed performance, painting, installation, and theatrical events, taking advantage of the freedoms available in their newly democratic homeland. They sought and achieved an extraordinary level of international recognition, collaborated with and strongly influenced conceptual and performance artists that came after them, and are now considered to mark one of the most important moments in post-war Japanese culture.

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