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"Selections From The Hara Museum's Permanent Collection"
2001-02-17 until 2001-04-08
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Selections from the Hara Museum's Permanent Collection features around 30 carefully selected works from the 800 or so artworks presently in the Hara Museum Permanent Collection, a rich cross-section of contemporary art ranging from painting, sculpture, and photography to video and special on-site installations.
The featured pieces include works by leading pop art figures, such as Still Life with Scalloped Bowl (1972) by Roy Lichtenstein, whose use of secular motifs, simple forms and solid blocks of colors was inspired by print media and comic strips. Also on view is a four-stitched-print series of gelatin silver print (1976-1986), an important work by Andy Warhol, who is known for his use of repeated images. This and other works by major proponents of pop art represent essential landmarks in any survey of 20th century art.
In Karel Appel's The Child of Hiroshima (1958), red paint and vigorous brushstrokes are used as symbols of blood and fire to express the tragedy unleashed by the atomic bomb as a tool of mass killing. The artist was driven to create this work by two motives: to express the powerful human will to survive and to warn against the possible extermination of all living things.