Takako Saito: DREAMS TO DO

Cat. Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Alice Motard, Eva Schmidt, Johannes Stahl
texts (German/French/English) by Dieter Daniels, Helfried Hagenberg, Larry List, Eva Schmidt, Marc Schulz, Johannes Stahl and the artist
320 p with 185 coloured illustrations
240 x 180 mm, brochure

ISBN 978-3-86442-221-8

48,00 €

Every moment and every place is unique, as long as one lives!

Takako Saito (born 1929 in Sabae-Shi, Fukui Prefecture, Japan, since 1978 lives and works mainly in Dusseldorf) has become internationally known for her objects, artist books, performances and actions in the context of Fluxus. She has always been interested in the world of things and everyday life, to which she adds her individual artistic gesture through interventions and small actions. Natural materials such as stones, mussels, onion peels and chestnuts are her preferred materials, alongside various kinds of paper, plastics, foams and wood pieces. Unmistakable are her carefully crafted object boxes that she has created ever since the 1960s, as well as the numerous »free« chess games, which were first sold at George Maciunas’s FluxShop. A rather playful approach is characteristic of many of Saito’s works; she is always looking for new game variants beyond fixed rules. The viewers are involved as co-players and co-designers, since the artist has a penchant for the participation strategy, particularly in her »Me and You-Shops« – market stall-like shops where the artist as a saleswoman interacts with the audience. The exhibition and the book »Takako Saito: DREAMS TO DO« are designed retrospectively, and present works from all important work phases.

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, 12/11/2017 – 18/2/2018
CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 08/03 – 22/09/2018