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Even to those who are clueless when it comes to art and culture, the name Taro Okamoto will probably ring a bell. After all, the late avant-garde artist was responsible for the famous statement “Geijutsu wa bakuhatsu da!” (“Art is an explosion!”)

Yet beyond his outspoken manner and wacky demeanor, most people know little about Okamoto, including his thoughts and beliefs, according to Toshiko Okamoto, his adopted daughter and director of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in Tokyo.

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