Hi-Red Center – through photographs and works -

撮影: 村井督侍

2017年6月23日(金)より、Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjukuにて、ハイレッド・センター展を開催いたします。





前期:2017年6月23日(金)- 7月13日(木)
後期:2017年7月15日(土)- 8月5日(土)
定休日:日、月、祝日 ※7月14日(金)は展示替えのため休廊
会場:Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku(東京)


“Hi-Red Center – through photographs and works -”
Part1: June 23 (Fri) – July 13 (Thu), 2017
Part2: July 15 (Sat) – August 5 (Sat), 2017
*No opening reception will be held.
Venue: Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
*Closed on Sundays, Mondays, National Holidays and July 14.
Cooperation: gallery21 yo-j, SOH GALLERY

Press Release(En)>>

Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku is pleased to present Hi-Red Center – through photographs and works from Friday, the 23rd of June, 2017.

For years, Yumiko Chiba Associates has held an annual show of Jiro Takamatsu during the span of weeks including the anniversary of the artist’s death, to introduce the artistic activities that he engaged in in his life time. This year, the gallery will trace some of his activities that he has done with an artistic group named Hi- Red Center in the early years of his career, when he was also creating his works individually on his own.

The group name ‘Hi-Red Center’ had its origin in the surnames of its three members: Takamatsu, Akasegawa, and Nakanishi. The first
Chinese character of the three names respectively had the meaning of: high (taka), red (aka), and center (naka.) Hence, the name
Hi-Red Center. Although they were officially formed in May of 1963, with the implementation of The 5th Mixer Plan, it may well be said that
their activities had actually already started in the December of the previous year, around the time of Yamanote Line Festival. During the
short period from 1963 to 64 that the group existed, it successively realized the performative events such as: The 6th Mixer Plan; Room in
Alibi; Roplogy; Shelter Plan; Grand Panorama; Dropping Event; and Be Clean! Campaign to Promote Cleanliness and Order in the
Metropolitan Area.

While having an air of a secret society about them, they on the other hand have often had their performances in public places and facilities such as streets in Ginza, inside the train, the railway stations and their surroundings. They performed extraordinary actions in ordinary settings such as hotels or building roof tops, and were consequently reported by the newspapers and magazines besides art journalism to gather public attentions. Despite the name Hi-Red Center, the group had other members involved including Tatsu Izumi, and sometimes accepted additional members for new projects. The events and actions that they organized were the ones that questioned their own validity as art from the perspective of its system. Furthermore, they also reconsidered the relationship between artists and audiences.

The show consists of two parts. The part I which starts from June 23 and ends on July 13 presents documentary photographs of Hi-Red Center; the part II which starts from July 15 and ends on August 5 presents works that Takamatsu, Akasegawa, and Nakanishi respectively created during their Hi-Red Center years.