NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990) was a radical and visionary outsider. Almost forgotten until recently, Kudo is being rediscovered internationally due to his foreboding depictions of an ailing world and the emergence of a “new ecology”.

This exhibition’s laboratory of remarkable cultivation environments allows us to study Kudo’s radiantly coloured and grotesque propositions for the cultivation of life in a world, where humans, technology and polluted nature have merged.

By combining found materials and modelled elements into peculiar sculptures, Kudo conspicu­ously anticipated many of the aesthetic trends we see in contemporary art as well as the present-day penchant for the surreal and grotesque. His works also appear strikingly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today when it comes to e.g. environment and procreation.

Kudo’s work is affected by a childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb. His approach to humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence however is both unsentimental and even quite humorous in its dealing with how new life can develop in spite of everything.

The exhibition is supported by C.L. David Foundation and Collection

While Kudo’s work will be new to many, the Louisiana Collection features two of the artist’s peculiar and distinctive sculptures. These spatial assemblages form the starting point for a focused exhibition of works from the artist’s production in the 1960s-1970s, in which he formulates and visualizes a ‘new ecology’ as a point of departure for our existence.

Cultivation, as this exhibition has been called, presents a selection of Kudo’s distinct and special works: small hothouses that take the form of a kind of dystopian terraria with blacklights, fluorescent colours and judicious cultivation experiments. Domes, buckets and ‘experimental gardens’ with growth experiments involving plants and isolated limbs, as well as a number of cages where fragments of nature and human bodies are kept like experimental animals or pets. 

Gallery name: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Address: Gl. Strandvej 13 3050 Humlebæk, Copenhagen

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 - 22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Open: 05.06.2020 - 10.01.2021