• Electric Dress, 1956.

    Electric Dress, 1956.

    Atsuko Tanaka

    TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol
    Maria-Theresien-Straße 45
    September 7–November 3, 2002

    Curated by Silvia Eiblmayr

    On the occasion of her seventieth birthday, this forty-two-work show pays tribute to Japanese avant-garde artist Atsuko Tanaka, best known for her Electric Dress, 1956, a spectacular fusion of kimono, cables, and light bulbs that illuminated the Gutai group’s processional “Art on the Stage.” In various installations, drawings, and video works, Tanaka explores the relations among body, matter, and space—an exploration that predates similar activities by her colleagues in America and Europe. Organized by director Silvia Eiblmayr, with a catalogue including an essay by Gutai authority Mizuo Kato, the survey includes documentary materials on the radical actions of the Japanese avant-garde in the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.