‘Banditi dell’Arte’


by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

June 26-July 20

“Banditi dell’Arte” is Italian for “Bandits of Art,” a title given to this exhibition by curator Gustavo Giacosa, who chose it because the term “banditi” usually refers to a lone wolf, or unconventional practices.

The artists featured in the exhibition have not been professionally trained and are often called outsider or art brut artists. Giacosa, however, prefers to see them as artists who break the traditional values of aesthetics. Having come from a country that experienced the Renaissance, a period of great change that brought about a higher form of art, Giacosa asks viewers to rethink their notion of art from the sidelines.

The works of three Italian artists — Melina Riccio, Manuela Sagona and Franco Bellucci — as well as three Japanese artists — Kota Tamaura, Mai Takahashi and Kazu Suzuki — are on display.

3331 Arts Chiyoda; 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Suehiro-cho Stn. 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Free admission. Closed Tue. 03-6803-2441; www.3331.jp/en