2013 / LACMA exhibition / Surrealist Poet, August 3 – Dec. 1


Kitasono Katue:  Surrealist Poet

August 3 – December 1, 2013

Japanese Pavilion, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA hosts the first solo exhibition of the preeminent visual poet and avant-garde artist Kitasono Katue (1902-1978) outside of Japan.

Drawn from the collection of poet and scholar John Solt of Los Angeles, the exhibition features photographs, paintings, and graphic design by Kitasono.   

Kitasono Katue was the leading experimental poet in Japan from the late 1920s to his death in 1978. Active from the mid-1920s as a pioneering avant-garde spirit, he made a priority of finding common ground with poets, artists and writers in Europe and the Americas, from whom he initially sought stimulus to develop his early modes of poetry.

First entranced by Dadaism and Surrealism, he thoroughly absorbed the ideas also of Futurism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism. He would introduce elements of each into his poetic mode.

Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet is curated by Hollis Goodall of LACMA Japanese art department, and is organized by the LACMA.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.lacma.org

LACMA Kitasono Tsukue Journal

Kitasono Katue, Tsukue journal , vol. 8, no. 2 (February 1957). Journal featuring cover design. (approx.) each :8 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. Collection of John Solt. © Hashimoto Sumiko