Art as action—The abstract according to Masakazu Horiuti 「堀内正和「芸術という作用ー堀内正和の抽象」」

“Art as action—The abstract according to Masakazu Horiuti”

会期:2023年 5月12日(金)- 6月8日(木)

会場:Yumiko Chiba Associates
〒160-0032 東京都港区六本木6-4-1 六本木ヒルズ ハリウッドビューティープラザ 3F
営業時間: 12:00-19:00 定休日: 日、月、祝日






著者:菊川 亜騎(神奈川県立近代美術館 学芸員)
発行:Yumiko Chiba Associates



Friday, May 12 - Thursday, June 8, 2023
Venue: Yumiko Chiba Associates
ROPPONGI HILLS Hollywood Beauty Plaza 3rd Floor,6-4-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Gallery Hours: 12:00 - 19:00 (Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and national holidays)

Yumiko Chiba Associates is delighted to present a new exhibition devoted to the work of Masakazu Horiuti (1911–2001), a significant artist who helped to establish the concept of abstract sculpture in Japan, and whose long career serves as a link between modern and contemporary sculptural history.

Debuting as a sculptor in the 1920s, after the war Horiuti took his cue from concrete art's view of art as a tool directly shaping the spirit, and devoted himself entirely to the abstract, exploring geometric morphology amid an interrogation of the principles of form. Known as the sculptor without a studio, he once declared that his own art really lay in the making of the maquettes used to trial different forms, a stance underpinned by his belief that art is not a thing but an action of the consciousness. This was in turn grounded in the abstract art and linguistic studies he pursued to a deepening degree during wartime. Horiuti gathered into himself the paradox of sculpture—the way it tries to turn the idea of beauty into unshakeable reality—and located sculpture within an intellectual flirtation with form that embraced literature and philosophy. The trajectory of these form-based meditations earned Horiuti a unique place in postwar Japanese art history.

Alongside precious archive material offering insight into the practicalities of Horiuti's art-making, and the thinking behind it, this exhibition will present sculptures and drawings from the artist's figurative pieces of the 1940s, to the 1950s when he turned toward the abstract, and the years from the 1970s to the 1990s when he explored the use of geometric forms to hypostatize ideas of pellucid simplicity.

In closing, allow us to express our deepest gratitude to Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama curator Aki Kikugawa for her generous cooperation in organizing this exhibition. Thank you.

■Related Information
A catalog will be published.
Art as action—The abstract according to Masakazu Horiuti
Written by Aki Kikukawa, Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
Publication Date: July, 2023 (scheduled)
Published by: Yumiko Chiba Associates

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