For many Japanese writers and artists of the 1920s and ’30s, Surrealism was simply a stylistic novelty. Poet Shuzo Takiguchi, however, produced Surrealist writings whose message was lent conviction by the risks he took — at the time, artistic and political freedoms were restricted.

Largely thanks to his efforts, Surrealist influences spread through all artistic spheres in Japan. Indeed, Takiguchi (1903-79) was a polymath. Though best known today as a critic of art, the writer created art as well. An exhibition currently at the Shoto Museum of Art, “Shuzo Takiguchi: Plastic Experiments,” gives us the rare opportunity to view more than 300 of his works, including sketches, paintings and objets.

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