Shuzo TAKIGUCHI

Known as a poet and an art critic. Embodied the principle of surrealism and supported activities of numerous artists as a logic and a moral support of an avant-garde movement during pre and post war era of Japan. He collaborated with artists in and out of Japan to create illustrated collection of poems, and also created various artworks himself. Born 1903 in Toyama prefecture. He was intimate with literatures and arts from young age, and was especially fond of William Blake. While at Keio University Faculty of Letters Department of English Literature, he was deeply influenced by the surrealism, introduced by his teacher Junzaburo Nishiwaki, and through books such as "The Surrealist Manifesto" and "The Magnetic Fields". He published series of experimental poetic texts while at the university, and also fully translated Andre Breton's "Surrealism and Painting". Graduated in 1931, Takiguchi was employed as a scriptor at PCL (Photo Chemical Laboratory, predecessor of Toho Company, Ltd.) and started his activity as an art critic. He continued correspondenses between overseas surrealist, translated and introduced Breton's "The Communicating Vessels", "Mad Love", his lecture in the International Cultural Defence Convention of Artists against Nazi, along with works of artists such as Ernst and Dali. In 1937, Takiguchi organised "the Overseas Surrealism Exhibition" with Sansei Yamanaka (also edited the memorial publication "Album Surrealist"). Along with art criticisms such as "Surrealism sculpting theory" and "Problems on Avant-garde Art", he has also released photo criticisms such as "Photography and Surrealism" and "Materials and Photographs", guiding researching avant-garde artists and photographers who were not members of art circles. Unfortunately, this was regarded as an international communist activity, and he was captured by a special police for seven months from the spring of 1941. After the war, he has presented many art criticisms, becoming a representative critic of the era.

While providing chances for young artists by planning over 200 exhibitions at Takemiya Gallery, he also took part in the activity of "Jikken Kobou (Experiment studio)" founded in 1951 as an advisor. With his honest character, his influence was very significant. In 1958, he traveled to Europe to take part in the Venice Biennale as a commissioner. There he rated Italian architecture representative Fonatana very highly, and voted him for the painting section. After the Biennale, he traveled across Europe to meet people such as Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dali and Henri Michaux (He recalled meeting with Breton was "the harvest of life"). After returning to Japan, his writings on art criticism were reduced, and more private writings, like an introductory note of an exhibition has increased. Contrary to retiring from public positions, he was very enthusiastic to become a special counsel for Genpei Akasegawa's "1,000 yen note incident" which was on court between 1965 to 1970. Collaborating with many artists such as Joan Miro and Sam Francis to create illustrated collection of poems, he also created many works using unique techniques such as drawing, a water color, a burnt drawing, a roto-dessin and a decalcomanie and held several solo-exhibitions with his own works. In 1967 he published "Shuzo Takiguchi's poetic Experiments 1927-1937" in which he recollected poetic texts he wrote during the war. He has also left a prose text in a form of a dream record and other proverb like short phrase works. He was offerred the name "Rrose Selavy" for his conceptual "objet shop" from Marcel Duchamp, who he kept in touch since his travel to Europe mentioned above. In return, he published "Selected words of Marcel Duchamp" in 1968. He continued his research on Duchamp, later producing multiple sculptures which multi-layerizated part of Duchamp's "Large Glass"(Rrose Selavy, Tokyo 1977. Collaborated with sculptor Kazuo Okazaki). Passed away in 1979 due to an heart attack.
(Text by Nobuhiko TSUCHIBUCHI)

 


"IV-02"

1961
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 9.7×9.0cm
Sheet size: 12.3×9.0cm
Signed on the back of the frame


"A souvenir or not of Philadelphia"

1973
Hand made booklet
20.5×14.0cm
(Chiba City Museum of Art, p.176 No.200)

"III-19"

Decalcomanie
※『Shuzo TAKIGUCHI's Artificial Experimentations』(2001)paired with No.205
Image size: 14.0x10.5cm
Sheet size: 25.1x17.5cm

"V-09"

Watercolor、ink、colored pencil、paper
Image size: 27.5x22.7cm
Sheet size: 31.5x26.8cm
Signed


"III-3"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×9.8cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.8cm

"III-14"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.5×13.9cm
Sheet size: 18.5×13.9cm

"III-32"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.0×13.0cm
Sheet size: 26.2×19.1cm
* In pair with III-33


"III-33"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 18.0×13.2cm
Sheet size: 26.3×19.2cm
* In pair with III-32

"III-43"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 17.5×13.6cm
Sheet size: 17.5×13.6cm
* In pair with III-44

"III-44"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 17.3×13.6cm
Sheet size: 17.3×13.6cm
* In pair with III-43



"II-8"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 11.0×8.5cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.8cm
* In pair with "II-7 "

"II-18"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.7×9.0cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm

"II-20"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.2×9.3cm
Sheet size: 25.8×19.0cm
* In pair with "II-21"


"II-21"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.5×9.3cm
Sheet size: 25.7×19.0cm
* In pair with "II-20"

"II-26"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 19.2×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-27"

"II-27"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 13.5×10.5cm
Sheet size: 18.4×12.3cm
* In pair with "II-26"


"II-29"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 11.2×7.3cm
Sheet size: 19.4×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-30"

"II-30"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 11.2×7.5cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.2cm
* In pair with "II-29"

"I-16"

Ink on paper (postcard)
Image size: 14.1×10.2cm
Sheet size: 14.1×10.2cm


"I-05"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 26.0×19.6cm
Sheet size: 35.5×25.2cm

"I-06"

Pen on paper
Image size: 29.0×20.5cm
Sheet size: 35.6×25.0cm

"I-11"

Ink on paper
Image size: 30.5×22.0cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.0cm


"I-12"

Ink on paper
Image size: 31.3×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.1cm

"I-26"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 31.5×22.8cm
Sheet size: 40.7×32.0cm

"I-34"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×23.6cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.1cm


"I-40"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 11.7×11.7cm
Sheet size: 12.6×12.6cm

"II-3"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 14.2×5.1cm
Sheet size: 14.2×5.1cm

"II-13"

1962
Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 7.3×12.6cm
Sheet size: 9.8×13.7cm
* In pair with No.76 in The Museum of Modern Art,Toyama


"III-6"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 19.3×13.8cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.8cm
SOLD

"III-12"

Decalcomanie, paper (Post card)
Image size: 14.2×9.1cm
Sheet size: 14.2×9.1cm
SOLD

"III-13"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 15.5×8.2cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm
SOLD


"II-1"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 14.0×12.3cm
Sheet size: 15.1×12.3cm
SOLD

"II-2"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm
SOLD



"II-4"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.7cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.7cm
* In pair with "II-5"
SOLD

"II-5"

Decalcomanie, watercolor, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm
* In pair with "II-4"
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"II-6"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.8×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.8×9.9cm
SOLD


"II-7"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.7×9.9cm
* In pair with "II-8"
SOLD

"II-9"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 12.1×10.1cm
Sheet size: 12.9×11.0cm
SOLD

"II-10"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 16.7×11.6cm
Sheet size: 16.7×11.6cm
SOLD


"II-11"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.6×9.9cm
Sheet size: 13.6×9.9cm
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"II-12"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 5.4×9.0cm
Sheet size: 5.4×9.0cm
SOLD



"II-14"

1962
Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 12.5×9.2cm
Sheet size: 12.5×9.2cm
* In pair with No.53 in The Museum of Modern Art,Toyama
SOLD

"II-15"

Decalcomanie, paper (postcard)
Image size: 14.1×9.0cm
Sheet size: 14.1×9.0cm
SOLD

"II-16"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 14.2×7.3cm
Sheet size: 19.3×13.1cm
* Pair of No.198 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD


"II-17"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 12.3×9.0cm
Sheet size: 19.4×13.1cm
* Pair of No.197 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001) (Bottom image differs)
SOLD

"II-19"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 26.3×19.0cm
Sheet size: 26.3×19.0cm
* Pair of No.223 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD

"II-22"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.0×10.0cm
Sheet size: 26.9×20.0cm
* In pair with "II-23"
SOLD


"II-23"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 15.5×10.5cm
Sheet size: 27.0×19.3cm
* In pair with "II-22"
SOLD

"II-24"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 20.4×13.7cm
Sheet size: 20.4×13.7cm
SOLD

"II-25"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 18.5×14.8cm
Sheet size: 26.4×19.1cm
SOLD


"II-28"

Decalcomanie
Image size: 13.0×10.7cm
Sheet size: 13.3×11.0cm
* Pair of No.222 from "Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments" (2001)
SOLD

"II-40"

Decalcomanie, paper
Image size: 13.7×19.6cm
Sheet size: 13.7×19.6cm
Image on reverse side
SOLD


"I-01"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 30.5×24.7cm
Sheet size: 35.3×24.7cm
SOLD

"I-02"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 27.5×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.3×26.5cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD

"I-03"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×25.3cm
Sheet size: 35.3×26.6cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD


"I-04"

Japanese ink on paper
Image size: 35.4×26.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×26.5cm
Signed on bottom left
SOLD

"I-07"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 34.5×26.4cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "IV"
SOLD

"I-08"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 33.5×26.0cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "VI"
SOLD


"I-09"

1961
Ballpoint pen on paper
Image size: 36.0×25.7cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the back, noted "VIII"
SOLD

"I-10"

Color pencil on paper
Image size: 18.5×15.7cm
Sheet size: 24.8×20.0cm
SOLD

"I-13"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 31.3×25.5cm
Sheet size: 35.4×27.1cm
SOLD


"I-14"

1961
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 26.3×30.5cm
Sheet size: 27.0×35.4cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD

"I-15"

1961
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.2×26.9cm
Sheet size: 35.2×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD



"I-17"

1963
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 15.0×24.5cm
Sheet size: 17.5×26.9cm
Signed and dated on the back
SOLD

"I-18"

1961
Watercolor on paper
Image size: 16.5×20.3cm
Sheet size: 16.5×20.3cm
Dated on the back.
Signed and dated on the mat
SOLD

"I-19"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 11.5×10.0cm
Sheet size: 13.4×12.6cm
SOLD


"I-20"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 29.8×20.0cm
Sheet size: 29.8×20.0cm
SOLD

"I-21"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 18.0×26.0cm
Sheet size: 18.0×27.2cm
Another image on reverse side
SOLD

"I-22"

Watercolor on paper
Image size: 18.1×11.4cm
Sheet size: 18.2×11.5cm
SOLD


"I-23"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 32.0×23.5cm
Sheet size: 37.5×30.0cm
SOLD

"I-24"

1960
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 26.5×16.5cm
Sheet size: 29.0×23.4cm
Signed and dated on the back
SOLD

"I-25"

1960
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 24.8×16.0cm
Sheet size: 29.0×23.6cm
Dated on the bottom right
SOLD


"I-27"

1962
Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 34.5×26.4cm
Sheet size: 38.0×27.0cm
Signed and dated on the bottom right
SOLD

"I-28"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.5×24.4cm
Sheet size: 35.5×24.4cm
SOLD

"I-29"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.5×24.4cm
Sheet size: 35.5×24.4cm
SOLD


"I-30"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.3×24.8cm
Sheet size: 35.3×25.0cm
SOLD

"I-31"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 27.2×39.2cm
Sheet size: 27.2×39.2cm
SOLD

"I-32"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×24.5cm
Sheet size: 35.7×24.5cm
SOLD


"I-33"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.1cm
SOLD

"I-35"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.0cm
SOLD

"I-36"

Water color and ink on paper
Image size: 35.7×25.0cm
Sheet size: 35.7×25.0cm
SOLD


"I-37"

Watercolor, ink on blotting paper
Image size: 36.5×27.2cm
Sheet size: 39.5×27.2cm
SOLD

"I-38"

Watercolor, ink on blotting paper
Image size: 27.1×39.3cm
Sheet size: 27.1×39.3cm
SOLD

"I-39"

1962
Burnt drawing, pencil on paper
Image size: 7.7×16.5cm
Sheet size: 12.8×21.2cm
Signed and dated on the bottom
SOLD


"I-41"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 15.2×15.2cm
Sheet size: 18.5×18.8cm
SOLD

"I-42"

Roto-dessin and pencil on paper
Image size: 15.0×15.0cm
Sheet size: 18.2×16.6cm
SOLD


"I-43"

Roto-dessin, Color pencil on paper
Image size: 13.3×13.7cm
Sheet size: 13.3×13.7cm
SOLD

"I-44"

Collage, silver paper on tracing paper
Image size: 15.8×13.7cm
Sheet size: 18.2×16.4cm
(18.2×32.8cm when opened)
SOLD


Print collection with Shuzo TAKIGUCHI's poems
"Sphinx"

Ed.50
1954
Idea by Sadajiro KUBO
Editorial by Tatsuo FUKUSHIMA
Cover and layout design by Ryuichi YAMASHIRO
Prints by Tamiji KITAGAWA, Q Ei, Shigeru IZUMI, Tadashi KATO, Koujin TONEYAMA, Toshiko AOHARA (UCHIMA)
In Ed.1 to Ed.6 there are original dessins by 6 artists Signed by Shuzo TAKIGUCHIi, Tamiji KITAGAWA, Sadajiro KUBO and Tadao FUKUSHIMA

 

Essays

Essays by Shuzo TAKIGUCHI
"First-hand Experiences"
"I also Draw (1961)"

Essay on Shuzo TAKIGUCHI
"Shuzo Takiguchi - Life and Works" by Nobuhiko Tsuchibuchi

 


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Exhibitions
2014
No.256)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - III -Shuzo TAKIGUCHI & Marcel DUCHAMP-    11/5 - 11/22


No.251)    25th Q Ei Exhibition - Q Ei and Sadajiro KUBO    6/11 - 6/28
No.247)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - II    3/12 - 3/29
No.245)    Shuzo TAKIGUCHI Exhibition - I    1/8 - 1/25