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2 December 2011

Chu Enoki | Unleashing the Museum


“RPM 1200″ | click images to enlarge | courtesy Hyogo Museum of Art

Chu Enoki
is an eccentric Japanese artist who has been practicing since the mid-1960s. He is known for going to Hungary with a “hangari” haircut, walking the streets of Ginza shirtless, with the Expo ’70 logo sunburned onto his bare chest, erecting a pop-up bar and serving drinks to customers while dressed as a transvestite,  as well as large-scale sculptures such as Space Lobster P-81, which was built from over 20 tons of scrap metal salvaged from trains and boats that he disassembled with his own bare hands.
Well now all his humorous oddities – both big and small – have been assembled in a single space in the largest retrospective of his work to date. “Unleashing the Museum,” which opened earlier this month at the Hyogo Museum of Art (details below), is a comprehensive look at the enigmatic artist who poked fun at himself while ridiculing all that modern Japan had become.

“RPM-1200″ (detail) | courtesy Hyogo Museum of Art
One of the main attractions of the show is RPM-1200 (above), a utopian – or perhaps dystopian -  futuristic city sculpted from old drill bits and machine parts.

“cartridge” made from thousands of actual bullet shells

unless otherwise noted, all images courtesy Tabitoba
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Chu Enoki | Unleashing the Museum
Hyogo Museum of Art
2011.10.12 – 11.27
10:00 – 18:00
general admission 1200 yen

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