Shūsaku Arakawa “Il colore della mente”
Photo by Roberto Marossi.


Galleria Milano
Via Daniele Manin, 13, 20121 Milano MI


22 Mar 2022 - 01 May 2022



Shūsaku Arakawa “Il colore della mente”

Shūsaku Arakawa, Japanese artist and architect, is one of the most influential artists in international conceptual art, his research focuses on mental mechanisms and the decoding of the world through philosophical categories. 

The exhibition is part of a philological research and rediscovery project that Galleria Milano is carrying out on some of the artists it has worked with in the past, including Enzo Mari and Betty Danon. Arakawa had two solo exhibitions in 1983 and 2005, the latter together with Madeline Gins. Arakawa’s career has developed between Japan and the United States. Born in Nagoya in 1936, he moved to Tokyo to study at the Faculty of Art, where he was part of the neo-dada milieu. He immediately embraced an anti-artistic tendency and began to work on the diagrammatic elements that he would later develop. In 1961 he left Japan for New York: his first meeting was with Marcel Duchamp, who became his mentor and introduced him to the lively artistic scene, where Arakawa later met John Cage, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few.

The show at Galleria Milano features canvases and works on paper from the 1960s and early 1970s, in which he investigates the relationship between space and time in a synthesis that he himself defines as the philosophy of emptiness, or blank.