Norio Imai

  • Norio Imai with works from his series “White Ceremony,” 1966–2012, during a solo exhibition at the Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka, Japan, 1966.

    GUTAI AND AFTER

    IN 1956, the artist Jirō Yoshihara created a work that made use of a dinghy floating on the water in a disused oil tank, for the “Ruins Exhibition” at an old refinery in Amagasaki, Japan. So there was a direct precedent when I, along with other members of the Gutai group, was asked to participate in the 1966 event “Zero on Sea,” a group exhibition to be held on both land and water at Scheveningen Pier, The Hague, with artists contributing environmental works conceived for the site. If “Zero on Sea” had been realized, it would surely have extended across the land, sea, and air as a fusion of