Art censorship debate over controversial Tokyo exhibition

8 years ago by in Entertainment, Featured

img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-7512″ alt=”makoto exhibition” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/makoto-exhibition11.jpg” width=”295″ height=”205″ />“Aida Makoto: Monument for Nothing”, a controversial art exhibition of paintings showing cannibalism and various forms of violence, stirred a debate on art censorship in Japan, the country of violent manga comics, the international press reports.

Aida Makoto's exhibition displayed at Mori Art Museum in Tokyo raised protests from a Japanese organization called People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence. The organization demanded the museum's director Nanjo Fumio to remove the art works, due to their misogynistic and violent content.

“It is not so bad compared to manga and anime on the Internet,” Fumio said. “This artist’s vision is about our society, which is hidden and (which) often people do not look at. The disturbing works encourage the viewer to question violence in all its forms, not to celebrate it,” he said.

Some of Makoto's paintings show Japanese retired men playing croquet with decapitated human heads, suicide devices, dismembered women, multiple headed monsters having sex and kamikaze attacks on New York (painted before the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001).

Among Makoto's sources of inspiration there are comic books, the Marquis de Sade, and Yukio Mishima, a Japanese writer who committed ritual seppuku.

Makoto’s supporters say his work encourage the viewer to think again of the Japanese culture and see what is hidden behind its calm surface.

The works will be displayed until March 31 at Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan