Tatsumi Orimoto:Postcard Drawings and Postcards as Documents


    July 6 – Aug 18 2019


    date: July 6 – Aug 18 2019
    Opening & open studio program: July 6, 15:00-

    opening hours: Thu. and Fri. 12:00-19:00
    Sat., Sun. and Public Holidays. 12:00-18:00
    closed on Mon., Tue., and Wed.
    venue: Aoyama Meguro
    2-30-6 Kamimeguro Meguroku Tokyo Japan 153-0051 
    We are pleased to announce that we will hold the 5th solo exhibition of the artist Tatsumi Orimoto (born 1946) who has been based in his birthplace Kawasaki City, and has been actively working internationally.

    The last year’s solo exhibition “Past & Now” at Onomichi City Museum of Art was an attempt to showcase the entirety of the artist’s activities up to the present by classifying them into six categories.

    Orimoto is known for his representative works such as “Bread Man” in which he wrapped loaves of bread around his head, “Art Mama,” a collaborative work with his mother Odai, and “Grandmother’s Lunch” project in which he invited a lot of elderly people to have a lunch together; however, in this exhibition, two series of old and new mail art projects that have not been shown comprehensively, will be exhibited.

    The first is a mail art series in which he created a drawing with a message on a postcard that he got while traveling and sent it to people close to him. His innocent drawing and intimate message on his journey stages a meeting event with its receiver. On this occasion, recent postcard drawings that were sent to his late mother from Berlin and London will be exhibited.

    Another series is the postcards as documents of his many artistic performances and actions. After these temporary activities, Orimoto has produced printed materials such as posters and leaflets for the record, and delivered them by himself to his acquaintances. In particular, during the 1980s, the early period of his career when printing costs were expensive, Orimoto produced postcards to document his activities. These small-sized postcards contain the information and related figures that can tell us much about his past artistic activities. In this exhibition, the entire collection of these postcards (approx. 180 works) will be exhibited through catalogues which contain their real-size images and actual pieces.

    A notable characteristic of Tatsumi Orimoto’s art is that he employs and maximally utilizes the long-established, simple and familiar communication system that has been shared by many people in the world as material of his expression: postcard, a small support medium; a mailbox, a small architecture in a public space; and a mail delivery system running across the planet.

    Please do not miss this opportunity to see this unknown series which will be exhibited for the first time.


    Tatsumi Orimoto “Postcard Drawings from London+Berlin”
    Auther | Tatsumi Orimoto
    Published date | June, 2019

    Production | ART-MAMA Foundation (Japan)
    Tatsumi Orimoto, Noritoshi Motoda
    Editorial | Tatsumi Orimoto, Noritoshi Motoda, Akigo Tsuguchi, Ryoko Miyake
    Photography | Noritoshi Motoda
    Designed by Tomonotsu Museum
    Cooperation | Kohei Morita 

    Size: A4 
    Page: 132
    2,000 Yen 





    Art Fair Tokyo 2018


    8 – 11 Mar 2018


    Aoyama Meguro is pleased to announce its participation in Art Fair Tokyo 2018.

    booth # N57

    Artist: Tatsumi ORIMOTO



    Tokyo International Forum
    Hall E and Lobby Gallery
    3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi
    Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo-to 100-0005


    1DAY Passport
    Advance 3,000 JPY/Same-day 3,500 JPY
    (Including tax)


    Opening Dates:
    Press View:
    Thursday March 8th 2018 13:00 – 14:00

    Private View:
    Thursday March 8th 2018 14:00 – 16:00

    Thursday March 8th 2018 16:00 – 20:00

    Public View:
    Friday March 9th 2018 11:00 – 20:00
    Saturday March 10th 2018 11:00 – 20:00
    Sunday March 11th 2018 11:00 – 17:00


    More info: https://artfairtokyo.com/2018

    Document, Tatsumi ORIMOTO Performance: I make up and become Art-Mama


    13 November 2016




    Date: 13 Nov 2016
    Hours: 15:00-
    Venue: Aoyama Meguro
    Organizer: ART MAMA FOUNDATION, Aoyama Meguro
    Make up: Sakae Tomigawa
    Dress: Mari Kodaka  (malamute)
    Cooperation: Koji Nakao, Noritoshi Motoda, Yu Araki, Takashi Osaka, Hideki Aoyama, Ryota Fujitsuka, Takashi Fujikawa, Kyo Yoshida, Akiko Nagata, Meiko Kobayashi






    折元 立身 パフォーマンス:化粧して、アート・ママに成る

    Tatsumi ORIMOTO Performance “PUNISHMENT” at D.M.A, Berlin, 1 November. 2008


    折元 立身 パフォーマンス
    26人のパン人間の処刑 川崎市岡本太郎美術館 2017


    22 October 2017


    会場:川崎市岡本太郎美術館 企画展示室




    折元立身 8月19日2017年




    More info: http://www.taromuseum.jp/exhibition/event.html


    Installation view, 折元 立身 パフォーマンス:26人のパン人間の処刑 川崎市岡本太郎美術館 2017


    Tatsumi ORIMOTO: Reality of LIFE (Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design, TAD Gallery)


    8.26 – 9.18, 2017



    Date: 26 August to 18 September 2017

    Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
    3-20 Kibamachi, Toyama 930-0806 Japan

    Opening Hours: 9:30-18:00 (Admission until 17:30)
    Closed: Wednesdays (Except national holidays)
    When Wednesday is a national holiday, closed on the following weekday. New Year’s holidays

    More info: 



    Clock Man, Tokyo, Aug. 16, 1991, digital print, 900 x 600 mm


    Tatsumi ORIMOTO  From “Carrying series”


    7.22 – 8.26, 2017



    Date: 22 July to 26 August 2017
    Summer holiday: 13 to 22 August
    Opening hours:
    Wednesday – Saturday: 12:00-19:00
    Sunday: 12:00-18:00
    Closed on Monday, Tuesday and national holidays

    Performance: 22 July(sat) 18:00-
    Opening Party: 22 July(sat)19:00- 21:00


    It is our pleasure to announce that we will hold the 4th solo exhibition of a star contemporary artist, the pride of Kawasaki City, Tatsumi Orimoto (b. 1946, Kawasaki).

    Orimoto is known for his representative works such as “Bread Man” in which he wrapped loaves of bread around his head and “Art Mama,” a collaborative work with his mother Odai; however, in his exhibition last year at the Kawasaki City Museum “ART x LIFE,” viewers surprisingly encountered various unknown aspects of Tatsumi Orimoto through seeing an overwhelming amount of his artwork such as drawings with freewheeling intimacy, three-dimensional works, print pieces, and documents of diverse performances.

    In the late 1960s, Orimoto stayed and studied in America, on both its western and eastern coast. In the late 70s, after joining in the later Fluxus group, he went back to Japan. While leading a busy life as a manager of a construction company, he continued his artistic creativity at every opportunity. Faced with the bursting of the bubble economy in the early 1990’s, he dissolved his company and instantly switched his activities to creation and exhibition as an artist. Firmly based on his life living with his mother at his family home in Kawasaki, he actively promoted his artistic activity, mainly in Europe.

    The “Carrying” series that will be exhibited in this exhibition is a history of Orimoto’s challenges conducted during his travels throughout Europe. At every occasion, he expressed himself through artwork such as “Carrying a Tire,” “Dragging a Bathtub,” “Dragging Many Cloths that are Tied Together,” “Carrying a Clock on the Head,” “Carrying a Chimney-like Sculpture beside a Real Chimney,” and “Carrying a Coffin-like Box Loaded with French Bread.”

    He employed something inevitably found in each place as the media of his artwork such as goods, living matter, and situations.

    “Carrying a Baby Pig on My Back,” the first solo exhibition at Aoyama Meguro in 2014, was his current expression at the time. And the “Bread Man” can be considered as “Carrying Bread on the Face” by a man dressed in the manner of the Fluxus group.

    If you view his act of “carrying bread on the face” only as the unique character “Bread Man,” our imagination stops there; but in a different viewpoint, his confident but enigmatic expression seems to be suggesting something “necessary to us.”

    We are looking forward to meeting you during the hottest period of summertime.

    Please come and enjoy this rare opportunity.   

    (translation: Katsumi OTA)



    TATSUMI ORIMOTO “ART x LIFE”  2016.4.29-7.3  Kawasaki City Museum
    Photo and chronological record: Noritoshi MOTODA
    Design: Kensuke ONODERA (odder or mate)
    Planned and Published by ART MAMA FOUNDATION
    Size: 250×180mm
    Page: 336page
    Price: 3000 yen (without tax)