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TOKYO

‘Jean Fautrier’

TOKYO STATION GALLERY

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France.

In expressing this dark theme, he developed the unusual technique of gluing layers of paper onto his canvases to create a grotesque skinlike texture on which to paint. This exhibition brings together close to 90 of Fautrier’s works, including earlier pieces and 10 paintings from his famous “Hostages” series. One of the highlights is a pair of sculptures that help illustrate Fautrier’s shift in style from the figurative to the more abstract; May 24-July 13.

Tokyo Station Gallery; 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tokyo Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,100. Closed Mon. 03-3212-2485; www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery