Angel Orensanz – Twenty Years Inside Japan

 

Angel Orensanz in Tokyo.

 

On October 12, 2010 Angel Orensanz opens a new show in Roppongi, the heart of Tokyo, in the gallery of the Spanish Embassy with a treasure trove of reinterpretations that the artist calls “Twenty Years Inside Japan”.

It is an extensive collection of new drawings, engravings and textile constructions. “Twenty Years” distills the experience of Angel Orensanz in Japan since the end of the eighties in the woodlands of Sagadaira, his show at the Tokyo Museum of Metropolitan Art and the large constructions in the riverbanks of the Omono River.

The artwork in the show reflect 21 years of intense exploration and participation in the artistic life of Japan, both in the urban centers of Tokyo and Osaka as well as the rural and sparse Northern lands of the country.  Angel Orensanz has incorporated a discrete Zen spirit to sections of his Foundation in New York that has always been open to Japanese artists like Yoshitaka Amano, as well as artists from the Gutai movement among them Shozo Shimamoto and many groups of Butoh Dance . The Japanese television has regularly broadcast live from the Orensanz Foundation.

Angel Orensanz’s presence and participation in the Japanese art life is not as well known as his contributions in Spain, the USA and Russia.  This exhibition in the Roppongy district of Tokyo offers a record and vision of his intensive presence.

Angel Orensanz arrived in Japan in December 1991 with an exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, to be followed by an art construction at the Miyazaki Airport. It was followed by a large piece in Sapporo and a program of constructions in the riverbanks of the Karuizawa and experiments with frozen waters of the Sugadaira, around Ueda and in the Sakura woodlands of Komagome in Northern Japan.

But then, there is a region that Orensanz knows and loves as his own and that is Akita and the riverbanks of the River Omono where he has developed extensive art installations along the banks of the Omono during the Winter of 2005 and after integrating the change of color and shapes brought by the change of the seasons.

The exhibition will be on view for two weeks.

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