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Takako Saito. You and Me

November 12, 2017 to February 18, 2018

  • Porträt Takako Saito
    Takako Saito, November 2017. Extra Do it Yourself Shop You + Me, 1994. Exhibition view MGK Siegen.
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Porträt Takako Saito
    Takako Saito, November 2017. Fluxus Scoop, 2000
    (c) Takako Saito, Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, Fluxusschachspiele, 1965-1989
    Takako Saito, Flux Chess, 1965-1989. Exhibition view MGK Siegen
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, Ohrschach #2, 1996.
    Takako Saito, Ear Chess #2, 1996. Exhibition view MGK Siegen
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, Spiralschach, 1989.
    Takako Saito, Flux Chess, 1989. Exhibition view MGK Siegen
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, X x X x X Freedom, 1992-1994.
    Takako Saito, X x X x X Freedom, 1992-1994. Exhibition view MGK Siegen
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, X x X x X Freedom, 1992-1994_c
    Takako Saito, X x X x X Freedom, 1992-1994. Exhibition view "Takako Saito. You and Me. Retrospective" Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Thomas Kellner
  • Takako Saito. You and me, 2017
    Takako Saito, do it Yourself Portraits, 2004 Exhibition view "Takako Saito. You and Me. Retrospective" Museum für Gegenwartskunst
    (c) VG-Bildkunst Bonn 2017, Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, Do it Yourself Portrait # 8, 2004_mitB
    Takako Saito, Do it Yourself Portrait # 8, 2004.
    (c) Takako Saito/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Photo: Carsten Schmale
  • Takako Saito, Blaue Wand. You and Me, 2015/2017
    Takako Saito, “Blue Sky Wall. You and Me”, 2015/2017 Exhibition view MGK Siegen
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
  • Takako Saito, You + Me - Blue Sky Wall, 2015
    Takako Saito, Blue Sky Wall. You and Me, 2015/2017. Detail. Exhibition view van Gelder Gallery, Amsterdam
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
  • Takako Saito, Kleidobjekt, 2012_
    Takako Saito, Clothing Piece, 2012 Private Collection
    (c) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

“You and me”: the idea of play with her audience shapes almost every work by Takako Saito (*1929), whether it is a book object, performance, chess game, sound work, shop or clothing.

The broad spectrum of her work reflects the many stages in her life, which have taken her from Japan via the New York Fluxus scene of the 1960s and various European countries to her current base in Düsseldorf.


Each of Saito's works has its own rules. On the one hand, they challenge us to experiment and play; at the same time, we are encouraged to sound out the rules of the game, exploring boundaries and taking at least one step beyond them. Nor does the artist stop at unusual materials or processes no one has tried before.

This artistic standpoint is founded in both the reform-educational approaches that Saito encountered in Japan as early as the 1950s and the open concepts of Fluxus, where play, humour and everyday actions, objects and materials took on great importance.
 
The major overview exhibition in the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen shows works dating from the 1960s to the present day. In fourteen exhibition rooms it will be possible to see more than 200 works, including objects, installations, sound pieces and textiles.

Over the duration of the exhibition, Takako Saito will also present performances, including at the opening at 1.30 pm on 12.11.2017, and for the finissage at 5.15 pm on 18.02.2018.

A series of talks in collaboration with the Laboratory New Art of the University of Siegen, as well as a symposium will take place parallel to the exhibition. Dates will be published on the Museum's homepage shortly.

The exhibition publication, edited by Johannes Stahl and Eva Schmidt, issued by Snoeck Verlag, Cologne, will document both the exhibition and the performances.

Sponsored by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Opening hours

Daily
Thursday
Monday
Open on holidays

11 - 6
11 - 8
closed


Admission

Adults
Reduced

5.90 €
4.60 €

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Information

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Unteres Schloss 1
57072 Siegen

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