“Beat Takeshi Kitano, Gosse de peintre”


by Mads Berthelsen

Staff Writer

It’s not often you get to step into someone else’s imagination the way you can at “Gosse de peintre” (translated to either “Kid of Painting” or “Painter’s Kid”).

This is the mind of internationally famous Japanese filmmaker, actor, comedian and artist Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi, who has created a childhood-like fantasy of vibrant imaginary animals, bizarre images and musings, gags and interactive installations.

The exhibition revolves in part around Kitano’s own childhood imaginings and is designed, he says, to make you laugh like children; till Sept. 2.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery; (03) 5777 8600 ; 3-20-2, Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; Hatsudai Station, Keio Line. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. and Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥ 1,300. Closed Mon. and on Aug. 5. www.btk2012.jp.