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YU-ICHI INOUE 1916-1985 -The Liberation of Calligraphy

Palais de la Berbie, Place Sainte-Cécile, 81000 Albi, France
September 29 to December 17, 2018  |  9am to 6pm

Yu-ichi Inoue was a calligrapher who reshaped the concept of Japanese calligraphy, creating provocative art that qualified him as an avant-garde artist. This show features the world of his original, aggressive form of artistic expression.

The calligrapher, Yu-ichi Inoue (1916-1985), was one of the most inventive of the post-war avant-garde artists. He transcended the boundaries of traditional Japanese calligraphy, sublimating it in art in the form of paper and ink. Focusing on well-known works by Inoue, this solo exhibition shines a light on the rich and diverse monochrome world that he created with simple materials and techniques using paper and ink.
In this exhibition, we introduce various types of works—Muga [Selflessness], one of Inoue’s definitive works from his early period, Hin [Poverty], which expresses a way of living and philosophy, and the single-character work Hana [Flower], which makes use of unusual substances and techniques involving glue (ink) and frozen ink—as well as presenting longer works such as Kenji Miyazawa Children’s Story: The Nighthawk Star, which the artist created using Conté crayons, pencils and charcoal. In this way, we hope to draw closer to the core of the work of Yu-ichi Inoue, who continually explored how the traditional culture of Japanese calligraphy could find its place within world art.

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