Garden party: Hauser & Wirth goes green for Tetsumi Kudo exhibition

Hauser & Wirth goes green for Tetsumi Kudo exhibition

Installation view of Hauser & Wirth London's North Gallery
Installation view of Hauser & Wirth London's North Gallery, which is currently hosting an exhibit of works by the late Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.
(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

Hauser & Wirth’s normally pristine North Gallery has taken a surprising green turn for its new exhibition of works by the late Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990). 

Mounted in collaboration with Andrea Rosen Gallery, the show sees the London gallery carpeted wall-to-wall in Astroturf. The installation, conceived by Oliver Renaud Clément, transforms the space into a lush green backdrop for Kudo’s neon penis terrariums and grotesque sculptures.

The exhibition focuses on a selection of works created in the 1960s and early 70s, dating from Kudo’s first ten years in Paris. Both Kudo’s dome works – decaying eco systems housed inside mini-Perspex spheres – and his cube series (small boxes containing decaying cocoons and shells) are on show. They’re equal measures eerie and comedic – a reflection on the decomposition of nature, and subsequently humanity.

The highlight of the show is certainly Kudo’s ‘Garden of the Metamorphosis in the Space Capsule’ (1968): a die magnified to over 3.5 sq m, with a small, circular door inviting viewers to clamber into a UV-lit interior. Inside, tall fluorescent flower stems loom over a floor littered with molten cotton skin, penises and silhouettes of body parts.

Kudo’s paintings and installations stem from a fixation with the impact of nuclear disasters and the excess of consumerism fuelled by the post-war economic boom. It’s little wonder why – the Osaka-born artist spent a significant portion of his youth in the town of Okayama, a neighbor of nuclear-devastated Hiroshima. And even in the whimsy of his Technicolor artworks, that somberness is inescapable.

London gallery carpeted wall-to-wall with green grass carpet

Mounted in collaboration with Andrea Rosen Gallery, the show sees the London gallery carpeted wall-to-wall in Astroturf. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

Tetsumi Kudo art work

'Graft '72 (Greffe '72)', by Tetsumi Kudo, 1972.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

tetsumi kudo hauser and wirth

The exhibition focuses on a selection of works created in the 1960s and early 70s, dating from Kudo’s first ten years in Paris. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

Both Kudo’s dome works

Both Kudo’s dome works – decaying eco systems housed inside mini-Perspex spheres – and his cube series (small boxes containing decaying cocoons and shells) are on show. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

wooden block

'Your Portrait' (exterior), by Testumi Kudo, 1966.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

green wooden box

'Your Portrait', by Testumi Kudo, 1966.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

black wooden box with white patches

'Your Portrait - R', by Tetsumi Kudo, 1965-1966.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

exhibition room with white wall and green carpet

The installation, conceived by Oliver Renaud Clément, transforms the space into a lush green backdrop for Kudo’s neon penis terrariums and grotesque sculptures. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

Cultivation of Nature

'Cultivation of Nature & People Who Are Looking At It', by Tetsumi Kudo, 1970-1971.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

blue box with white patches

'Votre Portrait T', by Tetsumi Kudo, 1965-1966.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

exhibition hall with green flooring

Kudo’s paintings and installations stem from a fixation with the impact of nuclear disasters and the excess of consumerism fuelled by the post-war economic boom. © Estate of Tetsumi Kudo, ADAGP, Paris, ARS, New York and DACS, London 2015, Hiroko Kudo. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

(Image credit: Alex Delfanne)

blue box with clock

'Your Portrait - F', by Tetsumi Kudo, 1963.

(Image credit: Jessica Eckert)

INFORMATION

Tetsumi Kudo runs until 21 November 2015

ADDRESS

Hauser & Wirth
North Gallery
23 Savile Row
London W1S 2ET

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