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Installation photograph, Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2020, art © Yoshitomo Nara, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Installation photograph, Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2020, art © Yoshitomo Nara, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Forest, 2010, Ceramic decorated with platinum, gold, and silver liquid, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, in Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2020, art © Yoshitomo Nara, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Yoshitomo Nara, Miss Forest (LACMA Version), 2020, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from an anonymous donor, in Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2020, art © Yoshitomo Nara, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
Yoshitomo Nara, Midnight Truth, 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 89½ × 71⅝ in. (227.3 × 181.8 cm), National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., gift of Lisa and Steve Tannanbaum, © Yoshitomo Nara 2017, photo by Keizo Kioku, courtesy of the artist.
Yoshitomo Nara, No Nukes, 1998, Acrylic and colored pencil on paper, 14⅛ × 8⅞ in. (36 × 22.5 cm), Collection of Masayuki Nagase, © Yoshitomo Nara 1998, photo by Norihiro Ueno, courtesy of the artist.
Yoshitomo Nara, My Drawing Room, 2008, Mixed media, 118 11/16 × 147 5/8 × 149 5/8 in. (301.5 × 375 × 380 cm), Collection of the artist, © Yoshitomo Nara 2008, photo by Mie Morimoto, courtesy of the artist.
Installation photograph, Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2020, art © Yoshitomo Nara, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA.
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Yoshitomo Nara

LACMA presents Yoshitomo Nara's first international retrospective.

April 1, 2021 - July 5, 2021

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is presenting a monumental exhibition of works by the artist Yoshitomo Nara. For the artist's first international retrospective, the show at LACMA spans more than 30 years of the artist’s work through the lens of his passion for music. Over 100 creations made between 1984 and 2020—including iconic portraits, sculptures like Miss Forest, and never-before-seen sketches—make up this oeuvre, reflecting Nara's inner self. The artist's deep inspirations are seen woven into the works on view, ranging from his memories of his childhood to music and literature, and from studying and living in Germany (from 1988 to 2000) to exploring his roots in Asia.

“Yoshitomo Nara is among the most important Japanese artists of his generation, and one of the most recognized artists working today. We are excited to be organizing this international retrospective,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “Nara’s art reflects his interest in art and culture of both past and present. His interest in art history—ranging from 12th-century Japanese Buddhist sculptures and handscroll paintings, Italian early-Renaissance painters, and other European modern influences—mirrors LACMA’s encyclopedic nature. Referencing contemporary music and album covers, Nara possesses the unique ability to capture a complexity of emotions that reflects the cultural psyche of the current generation.”

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Apr 1 - Jul 5
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Yoshitomo Nara
LACMA presents Yoshitomo Nara's first international retrospective.

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