Asakusa is delighted to announce the archival exhibition “1923”, tracing the footsteps of early Japanese avant-garde artists active during the 1920s in East Tokyo. During the apocalyptic aftermath of a devastating earthquake, a few visionary pioneers initiated interdisciplinary exploration beyond conventional art practices. Informed by Constructivism and Dada, they incorporated new media and techniques such as photo collage, junk assemblage and Happening-like performance, and collectively expanded the scope of their practice through poetry, theatrical dance, architecture and city planning. The period also marked the first point of reference in Japanese art history where the role of avant-garde was played in the struggle for political reform. Gathered from scarce materials in the digital archive, publications and a slide show of images, the exhibition seeks to reconstruct the trajectories of their activities and to illustrate how their impetus to the demystification of art was channelled through collective actions.