Tetsumi Kudo. Cages
Modern & Contemporary Art

Tetsumi Kudo. Cages

In a wide-ranging practice spanning four decades, post-war Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935 –1990) explored the human experience, interrogating the proliferation of mass consumption and the rise of technology. His oeuvre addresses themes of colonialism, racism, social cohesion, and environmental degradation through biomorphic sculptures and assemblages incorporating found materials. Kudo's first solo exhibition in Greater China features a selection of the artist's signature cages made between 1966 and 1980. The worlds created inside these varied environments are intended to encourage viewers to understand themselves as part of an integrated and intricate cosmos in which nature, technology, and humanity influence each other, a system he dubbed the New Ecology.

Tetsumi Kudo

Tetsumi Kudo's works can be found in major collections such as Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; M+, Hong Kong; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Museum of Modern Art, New York NY; the Pinault Collection, Venice, Italy and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, among others.

In Conversation: Doryun Chong and Joshua Mack on Tetsumi Kudo

Please join us for a conversation between Doryun Chong and Joshua Mack on Tetsumi Kudo's solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong.

Date: 31.05.2024 5–6 pm

Ticketing: Free admission. Register here.

Doryun Chong

Doryun Chong was appointed the inaugural Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong in 2013. Since 2016 he has been also Deputy Director, Curatorial. Over a decade, he has overseen all curatorial activities and programmes at M+, including collections, exhibitions, learning and public programmes, publications, and digital contents across the museum's three main disciplinary areas of design and architecture, moving image, and visual art, as well as the thematic area of Hong Kong visual culture. Leading up to and following the museum's grand opening in November 2021, he has led the transformative growth of the M+ Collections and steered the museum's curatorial direction and pedagogical practices of the museum's exhibitions and programmes to foreground the transcultural and transnational narratives of twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture. He curated and oversaw more than twenty exhibitions prior to the museum's opening, including four editions of Hong Kong's participation in the Venice biennale since 2015. He co-curated with Mika Yoshitake Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now, the most comprehensive retrospective of the celebrated Japanese artist to date, which opened to great critical acclaims and public receptions at M+ in November 2022 and toured to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 2023, becoming one of the most visited exhibitions in that museum's history, and then to Serralves Museum in Porto, Portugal in 2024.

Prior to joining M+, Chong worked in various curatorial capacities at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (1999–2000), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2003–2009), and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2009–2013), curating several landmark exhibitions including major retrospectives of Tetsumi Kudo, Huang Yong Ping, and Haegue Yang, and the post-war survey Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde (2012). He also coordinated the Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. Chong has published and lectured widely and served on numerous award juries and public panels across Asia, North America, and Europe.


Joshua Mack

Joshua Mack is an advisor and collector who has focused on post-war Japan since 1990. He has assisted in organizing multiple Tetsumi Kudo exhibitions at Hauser and Wirth (NY and HK), Andrea Rosen Gallery (NY), and Marc Selwyn (LA), as well as retrospective exhibitions at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebaek, Denmark), and Fridericianum (Kassel, Germany).


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