Tetsumi Kudo

Tetsumi Kudo was born in 1935 in Osaka, Japan and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1958. In 1962, he moved to Paris and did not return to Japan until 1987, three years before he died. Kudo is known as an enigmatic figure in postwar art, bridging disparate artist tendencies in the latter half of the 20th century--including French Nouveau Realisme, international Fluxus, Pop Art, 1960s anti-art tendencies, and 1980s Japanese postmodernism--without specifically belonging to any of them. Throughout his artist career, Kudo addresses themes of commodification, impotency, illness and despair emerged during the increasingly technological and commercialized world of the 60s and the 70s. His works are held in public collections including Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


Tetsumi Kudo is featured in Sanbusaku 2 三部作

Happening "Your Portrait" presented at the opening of the exhibition Salon de Mai at the Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, May 1966
Portrait of Tetsumi Kudo, August 20, 1981
Tetsumi Kudo during the Happening "Quiet Event-Observation", presented at Gallery M.E. Thelen, 1968
Cultivation by Radioactivity in the electronic circuit, (1970)
Cultivation-For Nostalgic Purpose-For Your Living Room, (1967-1968)
Cultivation, (1968)
East and West Axes (Axes orient et occident), (1980)
Paradise, (1979)
Pollution-Cultivation-New Ecology, (1971-1972)
Portrait of artist in crisis, (1981-1981)
Your Portrait, (Votre portrait), (1966)
Your Portrait—Chrysalis in the Cocoon (Votre portrait—chrysalide dans le cocon), (1967)