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Saburo Murakami

Japanese, 1925–1996

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Saburo Murakami

Japanese, 1925–1996

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Saburo Murakami is best known as one of the founders of the Zero Group and his involvement with the Gutai Group. Murakami, who held a doctorate in philosophy with a specialization in aesthetics, made performance works and conceptual paintings. Some of his best-known works were performances in which he used his body’s momentum to break through many consecutive panels of paper stretched between wood; these were presented as “paintings”. In other works, he used different parts of his body to puncture stretched paper, and threw a ball onto a surface to create marks. Later in his career, his works merged further with conceptual, performance, and minimal techniques, and away from actual objects. Murakami didn’t want to call his creations works or exhibitions in the traditional sense, but considered them “negotiation sites.”

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Biography

Saburo Murakami is best known as one of the founders of the Zero Group and his involvement with the Gutai Group. Murakami, who held a doctorate in philosophy with a specialization in aesthetics, made performance works and conceptual paintings. Some of his best-known works were performances in which he used his body’s momentum to break through many consecutive panels of paper stretched between wood; these were presented as “paintings”. In other works, he used different parts of his body to puncture stretched paper, and threw a ball onto a surface to create marks. Later in his career, his works merged further with conceptual, performance, and minimal techniques, and away from actual objects. Murakami didn’t want to call his creations works or exhibitions in the traditional sense, but considered them “negotiation sites.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition