Artist(s): Pierre Soulages, Georges Mathieu, Hans Hartung, Nicolas de Staël, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Paul Riopelle, Zao Wou-Ki
Opening / Event Date: 23 Nov, 2020
Closing / End Date: 23 Apr, 2021
The word “POP” has many meanings — popular culture, mass production, consumption — and is one of the major themes of what is known as Pop Art. We are living in a world of mass production and mass consumption. Every kind of thing is produced in mass quantities, and everyone is consuming constantly. The same thing happens to art or literature. We are in a world where numerous words and images are consumed. The more a word is used repeatedly, the lighter and more casual its meaning becomes. Even if a word has some solemn and deep meaning, it’s worn out by being heavily and casually used, and gradually the word loses what it is meant for. Hidden despairs have been exposed by today’s technology and efficiency, and we now know there is a large number of people who find their hope in death. However, the word “death” for them might be their craving for a happy life.
It is difficult to control every situation and feeling. We can’t deny a person’s negative words said out of despair when he or she has a difficult life. Maybe they use strong and shocking words to express themselves, but the more those words are repeated and copied, the less people feel nothing. They are too desperate to live, but once their words pop out, what is pure negativity loses power.
The idea of POP that it contains only cuteness and catchiness is misconstrued. It often represents serious, dark, and deep issues as its subject. Maybe POP in today’s world is wrecked by peoples’ despair. Despair could be left in the past. Will-power could float up out of the darkness.
— Hikari Shimoda