Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present, Norio Imai: Material Ecstasy, the artist’s second exhibition with the gallery, following the White Event in 2013. Presented across two gallery venues at Kanaal, the exhibition focusses on the artist’s experimental practices from the 1960s and 70s, including performance, painting, film, and photography. The work explores how Norio Imai (Osaka, 1946) innovatively tests the boundaries of the varied mediums.
Imai is known not only for his immense, white monochrome works, but also for having become one of the youngest members of the Gutai Art Association—a group he joined in 1965. Gutai was the most influential artists’ collective in post-war Japan and amongst the most important international avant-garde movements of the 1950s and 1960s.