April 9, 2007 - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) - Marlene Dumas—Broken White
April 9, 2007

Marlene Dumas—Broken White

Marlene Dumas, Broken White, 2006.
Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi.

Marlene Dumas
Broken White

14 April 2007-1 July 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
4-1-1, Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022 Japan
Tel: 81 (0)3 5245 4111
Fax: 81 (0)3 5124 1141


The exhibitions official site: dumas.jp

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) will present the first comprehensive exhibition in Japan of the works of Marlene Dumas (born in Cape Town in 1953), a female artist who creates and exhibits internationally.

Raised in apartheid South Africa, Dumas studied art at Cape Town University in the 1970s, an era when radical aesthetics rocked art to its foundations. Since 1976 she has made Amsterdam her base. Taking as subject matter her lovers, daughter and friends, or else images of people found in the media, her portraits have a suggestive character, highly provocative of the viewers imagination, and they document our society with disturbing honesty. To portraits and representation of the human body, traditional subjects in painting, she brings contemporary sensibilities and a forceful reality. Strongly influenced by photography and movies in her depiction of real human emotion, Dumas is restoring vitality to the painted image, as if by recombining the DNA of other media.

Because of her cultural background in South Africa, Dumas stands at a distance from Western culture and has readily absorbed references from African and Japanese art. Her existential approach to her subject, unbiased by culture, and her openness to references, as such, have engendered her unusual style.

Ceaselessly changing in her work, Dumas applies her individualistic interpretation of painting in depicting discrimination, prejudice, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and so on, thereby producing a social portrait rich in the complexity that defines our times. In this exhibitiontogether with Banality of Evil (1984) and other examples of her brightly colored, bewitching oil portraits of the 1980s; her renowned grouped-portrait series, Female (1992-1993), consisting of 217 drawings; and her nude portrait seriesMOT will display works from her latest series, Man Kind (2002 2006), dealing with mistaken identities and fears concerning global terrorism.

As befits a presentation of Dumas works in Japan, the exhibition will reflect, in its composition, the artists interest and involvement in this country. Her new work Broken White, from which the exhibition title derives, will be displayed along with the Nobuyoshi Araki monochrome photograph that served as its model and also a Ukiyo-e print by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1792), whose grotesque world of Eros resonates with Dumass works and strongly caught her interest. The first exhibition in Japan to introduce the full scope of Dumass chief worksthrough 150 works, including some 10 new creationsBroken White will precede major Marlene Dumas retrospectives scheduled for 2008 at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
Marlene DumasBroken White is co-curated by Yuka Uematsu, Chief Curator, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art; and Yuko Hasegawa and Masami Yamamoto, respectively Chief Curator and Assistant Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available in English and Japanese, co-published by the museums and Tankosha Publishing Co., Ltd. The catalogue will feature about 70 illustrations of key works by Marlene Dumas, including some of her new productions. Dumas’s short texts and an exclusive long interview illuminate the thoughts and practice of the artist.

[Marlene Dumas: Broken White] hardcover with jacket, 160 p color & b/w, 190×240 mm, Japanese/English hb, ISBN 978-4-473-03415-1, published in April 2007.
Marlene DumasBroken White will travel to the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan (21 October 2007 – 20 January 2008).
Marlene DumasBroken White is supported by Mondriaan Foundation; Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan; sponsored by Wacoal Holdings Crop.; Lion Corporation; Shimizu Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd; and in cooperation with KLM Royal Dutch Airline.

For further information please contact Kaoru Shinahama, Press Office, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan.

Call 81-(0)3-5245-1134 / fax: 81-(0)3-5245-1141, Email k-shinahama@mot-art.jp
Also on View at MOT Show Me Thai
18 April 20 May 2007

Contemporary art exhibition with more than 70 artists from Thailand and Japan, commemorating the 120th anniversary of the Japan-Thai diplomatic relations.

Participating Thai artists include Montien Boonma, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Navin Rawanchaikul, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Porntaweesak Rimsakul, and Chatchai Puipea.

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