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21 May – 3 July 2011

THE GROUP 1965 - We are boys!

(Part of the Federal Republic of Germany’s celebrations to mark 150 years of friendship between Germany and Japan)

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf will be honouring Japan this year with an exhibition entitled The Group 1965 – We
are Boys!, the world’s first exhibition in an art institution to present a comprehensive range of works by the six Japanese artists Makoto Aida, Parco Kinoshita, Hiroyuki Matsukage, Oscar Oiwa, Tsuyoshi Ozawa and Sumihisa Arima. Despite its name, The Group 1965 is not an artist collective in the conventional sense of the term. It formed more or less by chance, and its members share little other than
their Japanese nationality and the fact that they were all born in 1965. Unlike most well-known artist collectives, The Group 1965 is a loose association of various individual artists who do not subscribe to a common artistic programme. Instead, what most defines the group is how it unites different concepts and approaches, and the multifaceted way in which these various visions are realised. The Group 1965 artists cite Joseph Beuys, whose work they saw in 1984 in the Galerie Watari and in the Seibu Museum in Tokyo, as an important link to the city of Düsseldorf and a key figure in the development of their socio-political and artistic thinking. The two exhibitions by this leading light of the Düsseldorf art scene played an important role in inspiring The Group 1965 to adopt a unique position in the Japanese art scene. References to Japanese and Western artistic traditions and to the pop attitudes and foundations of a new Japanese self-image will appear alongside works by the artists.

Given the city of Düsseldorf’s celebrations to mark 150 years of friendship between Germany and Japan this year, the Kunsthalle is planning an extensive programme to accompany the exhibition, which will include performances, karaoke and musical entertainment as well as events for children of all ages.
The exhibition has been planned in conjunction with the two Japan Foundations in Cologne and Toyko to help foster new perceptions of Japanese culture.

The exhibition is funded by

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