Shigeko Kubota - Hanae Utamura | basedonart gallery | Photo Johannes Pöttgens

After the Second World War, one of the largest Japanese communities in Western Europe emerged in Düsseldorf in the course of Japan’s economic expansion. At the same time, Düsseldorf developed into one of the most important centers for contemporary art.

Examples include art movements from the 1960s to the 1980s such as Zero, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Neo-Expressionism. Since then, not only Japanese businessmen but also Japanese artists have been attracted to Düsseldorf and NRW.


strike ––– a pose Miaki Komuro – Hanae Utamura

With the new and interdisciplinary concept, strike a pose – Festival for Art, Fashion and Style will bring together creative positions at the interfaces between art and fashion in a unique way. The festival will take place in Düsseldorf from July 23 to 25, 2021.
The works of designer Miaki Komuro and visual artist Hanae Utamura, both born in Japan, synchronize nature, art and technology, East and West by means of hybrid interfaces. Under „Strike a pose,“ boa-basedonart becomes a laboratory of resonance for this interrelationship.

Film screening: Shelly Silver – Hanae Utamura

In the context of the Exhibition Shigeko Kubota – Hanae Utamura, Resonances of DiStances, Vol. 2 basedonart will show the films:
37 Stories About Leaving Home 1996, 52 min by Shelly Silver
Spring Water, Fault, Body / 湧き水と断層と身体, 2021, 16:30 min by Hanae Utamura

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