For his first large exhibition in Switzerland, Taro Izumi unfolds this unique creative universe, an organic ecosystem that closely intermingles sculpture, installation, performance, and video. A sculpture may become an installation, which in turn becomes the scenery for a performance, which then reappears on multiple screens throughout the exhibition space. Likewise, materials such as wood, textiles, plants, furniture, and all manner of found items are interconnected in structures that look like they have been cobbled together, but were nevertheless precisely assembled.
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Exhibition September 02 -
Absurdity, chance, accidents, and humor are constitutive elements of Izumi’s work. The journey he has imagined for Museum Tinguely is scattered with mirages and optical illusions: a theatre whose public has vanished, sculptures that imitate acrobatic positions, robotic vacuum cleaners suspended in space. Izumi creates antagonistic and often surrealistic object pairings, the meaning of which is usually mysterious, elusive. Cumulatively, the objects root themselves in the incongruities of our everyday lives to recount to us the gentle chaos of today’s world.
Reflecting on the unprecedented situation that has emerged with the advent of COVID-
Over time, Izumi’s exhibitions have taken on an important immersive dimension. It is through the exhibition medium that the artist inhabits spaces and develops his narratives. This has led him to view the exhibition as a work of art in its own right. For Museum Tinguely, Izumi regarded every piece as a living organ that together compose the body of the show. The exhibition breathes, vibrates, moves, talks, sings, lights up. Screens are ubiquitous invaders: they punctuate the rooms, perch on the floor and ceiling, cling to walls, tilt in the air. On Izumi’s supports, video bewilders—it captures, it captivates, and it saturates the viewers’ attention as they continuously attempt to intercept it. An encounter with this lush, ever-
The show is accompanied by a catalogue that, for the first time, provides a comprehensive, in-
Curator: Séverine Fromaigeat
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