- Born 1939 in Aichi, Japan. Died in 1988.
- Based in Tokyo and Aichi, Japan.
Artist Kishimoto Sayako espoused a social revolution that would fill the world with love and freedom; her fierce, fantastical, grandly generous paintings serving as powerful advocates for this vision of imminent utopia. Presented here are paintings by Kishimoto, and documentation of some of her performances. In her pictures animals such as cats, insects and gorillas make a frequent appearance, likely as avatars of the artist herself, dashing about the cosmos in lively fashion on a quest to break free from social convention.
Kishimoto also referred to herself as a "messenger from hell" taking on other people’s personal purgatories of pain and suffering, and conducted performances around Nagoya in locations such as the Osu and Sakae districts. Many of these used paintings, and paintings seem to have played the role of props for her performances, or scrolls to illustrate her ideas. Presented alongside were poems penned by the artist. Thus Kishimoto’s practice not only traversed the genres of painting, bodily expression, and writing, but actually leaped boldly out of the gallery. Kishimoto poured body and soul into these myriad forms of expression, consistently calling for a transformation of unequal power structures, and an end to the deep-rooted male domination of society.
Born and raised in Nagoya, Kishimoto left to attend university in Tokyo, and joined Arakawa Shusaku, Akasegawa Genpei et al as part of the short-lived Neo-Dada Organizers collective. After spending the 1960s on the Tokyo avant-garde scene she returned to her home town, where she continued to produce and present an impressive stream of works, before dying in 1988 after a long illness at the age of forty-nine. Now, over thirty years later the sheer energy of her expression, and her messages, strike a chord with more people than ever.
- Selected Works & Awards
- Revived Kishimoto Sayako, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Japan
- REAL UTOPIA, Stories of the Unlimited, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa, Japan
- Japanese Women Artists in Avant-Garde Movements, 1950-1975 (solo), Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan
- Memorial Exhibition of Kishimoto Sayako, Electricity Museum Building, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
- Momotaro Onna Zamrai/Kishimoto Sayako’s Evening of Song and Narrative (solo), ASG Garando, Aichi, Japan
- 21C. Erotical Flying Machines - A Trip to the Galaxy (solo), Love Collection Gallery, Aichi, Japan
- I am a Flying Red Cat! (solo), Gallery 79, Aichi, Japan
- White Mountain Gorilla (solo), Gallery 79, Aichi, Japan
- The Breakdown of the Genesis- and Sea (solo), Box Gallery, Aichi, Japan
- Look Left!! (solo), Sakura Gallery, Aichi, Japan
- The 12th Yomiuri Indépendant Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (-1963)
- 2nd Neo-Dada Organizers Exhibition, Masunobu Yoshimura's studio, Tokyo, Japan)
- 3rd Neo-Dada Organizers Exhibition, Hibiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
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- Mondays (except for public holidays)
- Venue / Access
- Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Gallery (8F)
- 3 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
- 3 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.