For the first time, early paintings and sculptures from the 1960s and 1970s will be presented outside of Japan. Tracing the evolution of the artist’s work, the exhibition is divided in three main parts.
Early paintings: from the 1960s to the 1970s, Mishima used daily materials such as flyers, magazines and newspapers to collage on canvas. These collage paintings are her signature works from this period: made when Japan was entering an age of rapid economic growth, her work was meant to denounce the inundation of information we are overflowed with, as well as consumer waste.
Ceramic sculptures: self-teaching herself to print on the surface of ceramic sculptures, Mishima moved from paintings to three-dimensional works from 1971, creating what she calls ‘breakable printed matter’. Presenting one of the artist’s early ceramic works, MEM will recreate an installation shown at Minami Gallery in 1974.
Enlarged newspapers: while the artist’s early three-dimensional works only consisted of real-size sculptures, she started magnifying them from the beginning of the 1980s.
A few enlarged ceramic sculptures of newspapers will also be presented.
In addition, the exhibition will feature a selection of Mishima’s most recent works.