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"Henry Darger: a Story of Girls at War - Of Paradise Dreamed"
2007-04-14 until 2007-07-16
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Tokyo, , JP

The exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan "Henry Darger: a Story of Girls at War - Of Paradise Dreamed", featuring works by Henry Darger from the collection of Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner, opened April 14 (Sat.) and continues until July 16 (Mon./National holiday), 2007. It was not until after Darger's death that his work became known to the public. While living a solitary life and working at a hospital, he created his masterpiece, The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion, which is commonly known as In the Realms of the Unreal. His work became widely known throughout Europe after being included in a group show at the P.S.1/MoMA, New York. The exhibition is scheduled to feature approximately thirty works from the collection of Nathan and Kiyoko Lerner.

Henry Joseph Darger (excerpted from Michael Bonesteel's Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings, 2000)

Henry J. Darger was born in Chicago in 1892. Four years later his mother died during childbirth. When his father became unable to care for him, Henry went first to a boy’s home and later to the Lincoln Asylum in downstate Illinois. After his father’s death, he ran away to Chicago where he lived the rest of his life, working as a janitor, dishwasher, and bandage roller in three local hospitals. By night he wrote his great unfinished novel, In the Realms of the Unreal, and later created the artworks for which he is best known. He died in 1973.


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