Joe Earle discusses Manabu Ikeda’s History of Rise and Fall – Bye Bye Kitty!!!

Joe Earle, Japan Society Director of Gallery, provides a quick glimpse of the current ongoing exhibition at Japan Society, titled “Bye Bye Kitty!!! – Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art”.

The work is that of Manabu Ikeda, “History of Rise and Fall” 2006. For more video discussions on the works in Bye Bye Kitty!!! and the latest videos, news, bios and more, please check out and download the app for additional content!

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Curated by David Elliott, founding Director of the Mori Art Museum, Bye Bye Kitty!!! is a radical departure from recent Japanese exhibitions. Moving far beyond the stereotypes of kawaii and otaku culture, Japan Society’s show features sixteen emerging and mid-career artists whose paintings, objects, photographs, videos, and installations meld traditional styles with challenging visions of Japan’s troubled present and uncertain future. Each of the three sections, “Critical Memory,” “Threatened Nature,” and “Unquiet Dream,” not only offers a feast for the senses but also demolishes our preconceptions about contemporary Japan and its art.

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