Yoichi Umetsu: Crystal Palace


Born in 1982, the artist Yoichi Umetsu focuses primarily on painting while also engaging in a wide range of other activities. These include, for example, creating self-portraits in which Umetsu dresses up as figures in the works of Seiki Kuroda and other pioneering Western-style painters from the modern era, and forming a collective called Parplume, which is rooted in the dream of integrating art-making with daily life. In recent years, Umetsu has expanded his practice to include ceramics and prints as a reflection of the industrial structure that underlies art production. This exhibition presents an overview of Umetsu work since the mid-2000s while also considering the fundamental question, “What does it mean to make things?” This promises to trigger an essential reconsideration of art as something that remains impartial to both aesthetics and politics.


Yoichi Umetsu, Wisdom, Impression, Sentiment, A, 2012-14, Oil on cotton, panel, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Photo by Ichiro Otani


Yoichi Umetsu, Hallucination, 2021, Ceramic, Sokyo Gllery, Photo by Yuji Imamura, Courtesy of Sokyo Gallery


Yoichi Umetsu, Group Consciousness, 2021, Watercolor, ink, acrylic, oil and enamel on paper, MISONIKOMIODEN, Courtesy of Sokyo Gallery


June 4–October 6, 2024
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005
Opening Hours
10:00-17:00 (10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, September 23) and July 16, August 13, September 17, September 24
Adults: 1,200 (1,000)  yen
University students: 700 (600) yen
・( )admission for groups of more than 20 people and night discount (applicable after 17:00 on Friday and Saturaday).
・Admission free for visitors under 18 (proof required).
・Admission free for visitors with disabilities and one attendant (proof required).
・No collection exhibitions will be held at the museum during this period.

Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Sponsored by Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts

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