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COMMENTARY

UNITED KINGDOM

Facts of Life

Contemporary Japanese art

Sachiko Namba

TATSUO MIYAJIMA, Floating Time, 1999-2000, installation with video projection, courtesy Fuji Television Gallery, Japan. © The artist.

What image do you have of contemporary Japan? If it still conjures up manga (comics) and hi-tech gadgets, the exhibition 'Facts of Life: Contemporary Japanese Art' at London's Hayward Gallery in 2001 may provide some refreshing perspectives. The show was the largest ever exposure of contemporary Japanese art in Britain, featuring twenty-six artists from different generations working in a variety of media. Curated by Jonathan…

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