Museum Frieder Burda: For the first in Germany - works by the artist Aya Takano
Baden-Baden. There is no empty spot in her paintings. There are characters romping all over, all of them are active, some aggressive, some are eating, making love or dancing. Androgynous people with large, attractive eyes populate her canvases. The Japanese artist Aya Takano shows everyday life scenes in manifold pastel shades in her bulging paintings.
Between 23 September 2010 and 14 November 2010, on the occasion of the SWR3 New Pop Festival in Baden-Baden, the Museum Frieder Burda will show around 40 works by Aya Takano in a small exhibition at the same time as the grand Miró exhibition. Aya Takano designed the festival poster, which for the first time was designed by an artist. The 34-year old is already internationally recognized and has had exhibitions especially in France and the USA.
There will partly be retrospective works, but completely new ones as well, among them paper works, a video work and 22 small-format canvases with interpretations of tarot cards. Especially for this exhibition, works were created in which the artist dealt with European art history, especially with the Florentine Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello.
Aya Takano is a member of the art production company "Kaikai Kiki Co., founded and run by Takashi Murakami in Tokio. Murakami is having an exhibition at the Versailles Castle this year. In her works, Takano combines traditional and modern Japanese stiles like Ukiyo-e (Japanese genre painting from the 17th century with motives from the world of courtesans, actors and wrestlers), Manga (Japanese cartoons) and Anime (all kinds of animated movies) with science-fiction elements.
The artist, who lives and works in Japan, is one of the contemporary Japanese Kawaii (pop culture) artists currently most in demand. As soon as they are released, works by the painter, illustrator, designer and science-fiction author are quickly out of print. Ink, acrylic paint and canvas are some of her working materials. She is inspired by science, surrealism, science-fiction, eroticism and traditional Japanese art.
When I get to a new place, entire collages emerge in my mind, Takano says. When I paint, I have the picture completely ready in my mind I look at it, like a photograph, and paint it.
Aya Takano has already had an exhibition at the Foundation Joan Miró in Barcelona. That is also where works by Miró came from, exhibited till 14 November 2010 at the Museum Frieder Burda grand summer exhibition: Miró. The Colours of Poetry in Baden-Baden. The blaze of colour of this Catalan painter can also be found in the not less colourful works by the Japanese artist. Her paintings are very powerful and are equipped with numerous details. Sometimes she captures various situations simultaneously, thus creating the impression of parallel worlds.
The small exhibition at the Museum Frieder Burda, at the same time as the grand Miró exhibition, is her first exhibition in Germany.
Baden-Baden, September 2010
Miró. The Colors of Poetry (2 July 2010 to 14 November 2010)
Aya Takano (23 September 2010 to 14 November 2010)
Mysterious Realities Duane Hanson and Gregory Crewdson
(26 November 2010 to 6 March 2011)
Collection Frieder Burda
(18 March 2011 to 22 May 2011)
Neo Rauch in Baden-Baden
(2 June 2011 to 18 September 2011)
William N. Copley
(30 September 2011 to January 2012)
Museum Frieder Burda
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