works photo title：Relation (July.2001) / Confirms between the tree and the tree.
Yoshiyuki TAKASHIMAI text
Looking back at modern Japanese history from opening of Japan at the end of the shogunate period (1854), through the Meiji restoration, the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5), to the 2nd World War and our defeat, followed by economic recovery and a period of development, we can see that it is a history of Japan opening to the world. The government policy of a rush towards modernization, starting from the opening of Japan, spread through all parts of Japan. Here in Matsumoto, too, we can see the old Matsushiro Bunbu Gakkou (Old School for the Literary and Military Arts) and the remains of the Matushiro Daihonei (Matsushiro Imperial Headquarters), which keep alive the memories of that period.
The Bunbu Gakkou, founded in 1852, was established so the warriors of the time － the end of the shogunate period － could learn the Chinese classics, Western medicine and Western artillery, and martial arts, and they could understand the forms of modern school construction and methods of martial art instruction. Later, as Japan entered the Meiji Era, the school also functioned as a military academy. After the 2nd World War, it was used as the Matsushiro elementary school, and for many children it was the place they were educated in democracy.
In contrast, there is the historic site of the Matsushiro Daihonei. Excavation work began in November 1994, fifty-five years ago, as part of a plan whereby the Emperor, the Empress, the Imperial Headquarter, and various government agencies would move there from Tokyo towards the end of the 2nd World War. By August of 1945, it had become a place of forced, back-breaking labor for Japanese and many Korean laborers, and even today is remembered as a historic site filled with madness.
My work this year seeks to focus on the contrast between these two aspects of Japan’s past by using the rock (debris) excavated during the construction of the Matsushiro Daihonei underground shelter as part of an installation in the old Matsushiro Bunbu Gakkou’s fencing building (165 square metre) and its great space. The old Matsushiro Bunbu Gakkou’s fencing area is infused with the stresses, directed both internally and externally, of Japan’s modernization. When one comes into contact with this approximately 810 cubic meter of space, it is an opportunity for us to reconsider the 150 year period of modern Japanese history.
2009-1985 Solo Exhibition (Gallery Maki&Tamura, Gallery K, Gallery LUNAMI, Gallery Gen, GALERIE SOL, SPC Gallery, Gallery SAIENSU, MACKA, etc.)
2007 Abiko International Open-Air Art Exhibition 2007 10th(Fusa Citizen’s Wood)
2005 JAPAN-KOREA Modern Art Exhibition [KAN-RYU]-place to sympathize and resonate-(OYA Museum, Modern Poem Museum MAHOROBA, GOTMOI / KORIA)
2004 An international interchange modern fine arts exhibition[The Eye of the Orient, The Hand of Memories] － from Okinawa － (Urazoe City Museum, old Kunigami Sosu junior high school )
2003 Between Painting and Sculpture － installation TAKASHIMA Yoshiyuki (Urawa Museum)
2000 － 1999 International Exhibition of Contemporary Art Hadoh(Kwangju City Art Museum, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery.
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