Grand Prize 1955–1971

4. 6.-31. 8. 1973

Moderna galerija, Ljubljana

Kosuke Kimura, Izven časa – Oddaljenost za okno, 1982, colour screenprint and lithograph; recipient of the Grand Prix, 9th International Exhibition of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1971. Retrospective exhibition, 10th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1973.

The retrospective exhibition upon the anniversary of the Biennial presented an overview of works by the recipients of the Grand Prize at all the theretofore nine Biennials, so works by Armin Landeck (1955),
Henri-Georges Adam (1957), Pierre Soulages (1959), Yozo Hamaguchi (1961), Robert Rauschenberg (1963), Victor Vasarely (1965), Antoni Tàpies (1967), Janez Bernik (1969), Kosuke Kimura (1971). Each artist was presented with ten works, mostly according to the principle of a survey exhibition, so from earlier to more recent works.

Kosuke Kimura, the winner of the 9th Biennial, was presented with twenty-five works, which was usual for the retrospective exhibition of the winner of the previous edition. The exhibition included prints made between 1970 and 1973. Kimura is one of the most interesting and prominent representatives of contemporary Japanese art. His prints, most often made by combining lithography and screenprinting, come across as collages of motifs that the artist photographed. Because Kimura is an excellent drawer, he often alters the images with a drawing, which sometimes makes it difficult to determine where the photograph ends and where the drawing begins. In his work, he is devoted to certain topics that he repeats and changes by adding or removing visual images of the real world.