Past Exhibitions

Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All

Jun 17th, 2017 - Sep 24th


Tadanori Yokoo traveled throughout Japan for a two-year period at the beginning of the 1970s producing landscapes as he went. His Travel of Japanese Landscapes includes Lake Towada & Oirase (1973), which he created in Towada. The torrents of Oirase Gorge are said to be the roots of his trademark waterfall themes. His successive waterfall artworks use a technique called technamation, better known as lightbox painting, in which light reproduces the effect of flowing water. Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All highlights Yokoo’s large-scale waterfall works and masterpieces of technamation with a curated selection from Yokoo’s prolific past. The exhibition will also provide a first look at new, never-before-seen artworks as well as paintings from early on in Yokoo’s career. Visitors can also see the newest developments in his work on display, from a fusion of East and West in his Buddhism-inspired statue of Mozart to his many sculptures and paintings of cats, a common subject matter in recent years.

*Main Image: Poster for Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman: Pop It All (2017)
Poster images from top: Asosan/Kusasenri (1974) and Lake Towada/Oirase (1973). Both artworks property of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art.


Photo by Akihito Yoshida

Tadanori Yokoo

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1936, Tadanori Yokoo made his international solo exhibition debut at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York and went on to exhibit at Biennale’s in Paris, Venice, Sao Paulo, Bangladesh, and elsewhere during his long career.

His works are regarded highly around the globe with a repertoire that includes solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Fondation Cartier pour I’ art contemporain in Paris.

The Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art opened in Kobe in 2012, followed by the Teshima Yokoo House on Teshima, Kagawa Prefecture, in 2013. Yokoo received the 27th Praemium Imperiale Awards In Honor of Prince Takamatsu in 2015.

Yokoo’s artworks are collected broadly by numerous major museums both in Japan and abroad, and he currently has future solo exhibitions abroad in the works.



Tadanori Yokoo Towada Roman Exhibition: Pop It All


Jun 17th, 2017 - Sep 24th


Towada Art Center


9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)


Mondays (except for National Holidays, in which case the museum is open on the holiday and closed the following Tuesday)
Open Monday, July 31, and Monday, August 7
Closed Monday, August 14


Exhibition + Permanent Collection: 1,000 yen
Exhibition only: 600 yen
100 yen/ticket discount for groups of 20 or more
High school students and younger: Free

Organized by

Towada Roman Executive Committee
Towada Art Center

Primary Sponsor

Gurunavi, Inc.

Also Sponsored by

Takeo Co., Ltd.

Special Support From

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Yokoo’s Circus Co., Ltd.

In Cooperation With

Nakagawa Chemical Inc.

Endorsed by

To-o Nippo Press, The Daily-Tohoku Shimbun Inc., Aomori Broadcasting Cooperation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., & Towada City Board of Education


Curator: Kazuko Koike (Director, Towada Art Center)
Co-Curator: Kodama Kanazawa (Independent Curator)


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