Welcome to Yokoo Hot Spring Village!

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori

In 2004, Yokoo Tadanori launched a series depicting scenes of women bathing for a solo exhibition at a public bath that had been converted into a gallery. The works show women with hairstyles that recall ukyio-e prints washing their bodies, soaking in bathtubs, and bathing in a lively manner. While reflecting images of women’s baths from Yokoo’s childhood, the humorous works are also filled with various devices that are reminiscent of asobi-e (play pictures) from the Edo Period.

The Bathing series in turn led Yokoo to develop the Hot Springs series, another unique group of works related to bathing. Yokoo was commissioned by a magazine to travel to various spas all over Japan, and write texts and make pictures of them. For a period of approximately three years starting in 2005, Yokoo visited each place and produced works based on information he collected there. These are not merely travel sketches, but examples of Yokoo’s singular vision. They were realized by combining meetings with people, the history of the area, and things that happened to him with personal memories and images.

Centering on these two series, this exhibition, titled Welcome to Yokoo Hot Springs Village!, transforms the museum into a spa facility and invites viewers to embark on a bathing and sightseeing journey through the artist’s experiences. Focusing primarily on the Hot Springs series and its links to travel, the exhibition presents paintings, prints, and tourism posters depicting places throughout Japan from the 1970s to the present, while highlighting spas, Y-junctions, and various sites of scenic beauty and historical interest in each area. Please take your time and savor Yokoo’s hot springs along with the quietly relaxing women in the Bathing series.

December 17 (Sat.), 2016 - March 26 (Sun.), 2017

Closed: Mondays (except Mar. 20) and Mar. 21, Dec. 31 - Jan. 13
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)
     10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)
Adult  ¥700
University students  ¥550
High school students and Age 70 and over  ¥350
Junior high school students and younger  Free
Virgin Springs (Loofah and Vase) 2004 Artist(Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
Golden Spring 2005 Artist(Deposited in Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art)
Knosaki Fantasy 2006 Artist
"Kusatsu is a Good Place - Come Visit It One Time" 2005 Private collection
Onsen-Tango for Kumamoto 2005 Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
Bathhouse 2002 The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Tokyo Sento Association (Tokyo Sento Association) 2001 Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art