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Tajiri in 2003 in Museum Valkhof and on DVD

Museum the Valkhof in the city of Nijmegen will open its doors to an exhibition on the works of the artist Shinkichi Tajiri in December 2003. For this occasion Digital Film Center will produce a DVD on the sculptor/ photographer/ filmmaker, living and working in the Netherlands since 1956.

Floris Kolvenbach had the pleasure to meet Shinkichi Tajiri various times. These pleasant, stimulating encounters have also resulted in contacts with the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, United States of America). DFC will produce the Tajiri DVD in close cooperation with the artist himself, and hopes to present and hand the DVD to him in December 2003.

Shinkichi Tajiri (Los Angeles, 1923), is living in the Netherlands since 1956 and formed part of the Cobra artist movement in the fifties. He is mainly known for his sculptures. After the war American ex-soldiers were given the opportunity to educate themselves in Europe. Shinkichi Tajiri decided to head off to Paris and take lessons from Ossip Zadkine (1870-1967) and Fernand Léger (1881-1955). After a short, intensive time with these two famous masters, he sought his own path. Shinkichi Tajiri’s sculptures soon took the attention of the Parisian avant-garde, especially the junk-sculptures of the fifties, collaged together from old machines and found materials. Also on an international level his sculptures were regarded of great innovative importance. The works were shown also in the sensational Cobra exhibition in het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1949.

In the early seventies, the artist made hundreds of pictures and a video film of the Berlin Wall. The artist decided to document the 43 km long stone border separation in total, and went to do so in 1969, equipped with only his car and a small camera.

Next to his work as a sculpture artist, Shinkichi Tajiri has also build up a body of work as designer, photographer and filmmaker. The last few years he also works with paper and computer graphics. Despite of his age, Shinkichi Tajiri is around his eighties, the artist has still the drive to explore new territories, and evidence of this is his new i-Mac. (source: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag)

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