KAWAIIZZAZIONI: paintings become pop

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On May 18th, preceded by a preview of two days in Milan, it opened MICROPOP, ultime tendenze artistiche dal Giappone visionario (latest artistic trends from visionary Japan), a series of three exhibitions dedicated to contemporary Japanese art.

The first one is dedicated to Tomoko Nagao, artist born in Nagoya, but living and working in Milan, very appreciated internationally. In KAWAIIZZAZIONI, scheduled from May 18th to October 30th, Tomoko presents her personal interpretation of the most famous artworks of the past. Caravaggio, Tiziano and Botticelli meet Hello Kitty, Mc Donald’s and Cup Noodle… and the icons of global society becomes the medium to represent one of the symbols of uniqueness par excellence, the great paintings that have shaped the history of art. So the Venus of Botticelli was born in a sea of Baci Perugina and Barilla spaghetti, while armies of Hello Kitty and cans of Coca Cola are overwhelmed by Hokusai’s famous wave.

Botticelli-The Birth of Venus with baci, esselunga, barilla, PSP and easyjet
Botticelli – The Birth of Venus with baci, esselunga, barilla, PSP and easyjet (c)2011 Tomoko Nagao.

Hokusai-The Great Wave of Kanagawa with Mc, cupnoodle, kewpie, kikkoman and kitty
Hokusai – The Great Wave of Kanagawa with Mc, cupnoodle, kewpie, kikkoman and kitty (c)2012 Tomoko Nagao.

The works of Tomoko Nagao, made mostly in digital, are characterized by the “flat” style (the art movement of Murakami), with very marked and simple outlines, bright and flat colors… just as the contemporary society, where everything is standardized and the differences tend to flatten out, as stated by the artist in an interview.

Caravaggio, young sick Bacchus - Caravaggio-Narcissus with nescafe, LOREAL, cocacola, smartcar and panason
Left, Caravaggio – young sick Bacchus (c)2011 Tomoko Nagao. Right, Caravaggio – Narcissus with nescafe, LOREAL, cocacola, smartcar and panason (c)2011 Tomoko Nagao.

KAWAIIZZAZIONI, by Tomoko Nagao, will be open from May 18th to October 30th in Olgiate Olona (Varese, 15 km north of Milan, Busto Arsizio exit), in the MO.OM hotel (Via San Francesco, 15). The MICROPOP cycle will continue in November with SUBURBIA, KIGURUMI, HIKIKOMORI, photo exhibition by Inbe Kawori, and Nipposuggestionàti, group exhibition of surrealist pop art with Japanese influences. More information on the website of Associazione Atelier Spazio Xpo’, organizer of the event.

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Last update: 7 October 2012
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