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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘The Principles of Art by Genpei Akasegawa’

CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

by

Staff Writer

The Chiba City Museum of Art has accumulated more than 500 works by Genpei Akasegawa, who sadly passed away this week. A multidisciplinary artist whose oeuvre includes everything from illustration, comics and photography to conceptual art and novels, he has left behind a legacy of notable influence.

His signature piece, “Mokei Senen-satsu,” which copied and tampered with the design of a ¥1,000 note, became controversial when in 1967 he was convicted for the crime of imitating currency. Despite two appeals, he was given a three-month prison sentence in 1970 — an incident that made his artwork all the more iconic.

The critically acclaimed works on display at this exhibition, as well as illustrations and other related items, together make a retrospective of Akasegawa’s 50-year artistic career; Oct. 28-Dec. 23.

Chiba City Museum of Art; 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba. Chiba Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,000. Closed first Mon. of every month. 043-221-2311; www.ccma-net.jp