Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain

The highly prolific, Tokyo-born Beat Takeshi Kitano is an immensely popular comic, actor and TV celebrity in Japan as well as painter and filmmaker. Through paintings, videos, toy-like objects and representations of fantastical hybrid creatures, Kitano’s exhibition Gosse de Peintre (the word “Gosse” refers to a young boy in French) returns to childhood with autobiographical nostalgia and transforms the museum into an amusement park of sorts. More profoundly, he gently pushes the definitions of contemporary art, mocks its tendency toward excessive seriousness, and plays with the cultural clichés of his native country.

March 11th through September 12, 2010
261, boulevard Raspail
75014 Paris
T. +33 1 42 18 56 50