Yokoo’s Yokoo Zoo

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori

This exhibition focused on works by Yokoo Tadanori that depict animals. Yokoo’s works feature countless animals, including familiar creatures such as cats and dogs; land-dwelling animals such as lions, horses, and monkeys; sea-dwelling animals such as alligators and turtles, and imaginary animals such as dragons and Nessie the Loch Ness Monster.

Animals play a variety of roles in these works. In some cases they are the protagonists, while in other cases they symbolize something else or are a background element. The works also frequently contain anecdotes related to Yokoo’s life or messages from him. For example, the lions and alligators that often appear in his works are derived from the adventure stories he read as a young child. And the cats, another common presence, reflect the fact that Yokoo is a cat lover and are often modeled on his own pet cats. Here we present some 70 pieces, primarily from the museum collection, which are arranged according to type of animal. Presenting these works, which encompass a variety of media, including oil paintings, posters, and prints, all together, enables us to trace Yokoo’s animal expressions. This exhibition based on the familiar theme of animals promises to provide a great deal of enjoyment for both adults and children.

July 13 (Sat.) - September 16 (Mon.), 2013

Closed: Mondays (except July 15, Sep. 16) and July 16
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)
     10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)

Adult  ¥500
University students  ¥400
High school students and Age 65 and over  ¥250
Junior high school students and younger  Free

First Planning 1996 collection of the artist
House Full 1994 collection of the artist
V&A 1998 collection of the artist
Lion Fight 2000 collection of the artist
A Beam of Light from Agharta 1996 collection of the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
Are You Ready for Cry 1990 collection of the artist