Guillaume Bottazzi's exhibition at Itsutsuji gallery in Tokyo in 2019

Itsutsuji gallery is a major gallery in Japan. It is well known to have introduced Support-Surfaces artists such as Claude Viallat, Louis Cane, Daniel DezeuzeJean-Pierre Pincemin, and other artists : Pierre Buraglio, François Rouan, Gérard Titus-Carmel, Jean-Michel Meurice, Guillaume BottazziSimon Hantaï and Pierre Soulages. M. Itsutsuji was knighted by the French Government “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.”

Guillaume Bottazzi works with the Itsutsuji Gallery since 2006.  «Japan, my love» was the 5th one-person exhibition by the artist at the gallery, it took place from 17 May to 22 June 2019.

The exhibition “Japan, my love” , sober in color, was composed of cobalt blue and turquoise on beige and white supports. Ten recent oils on raw linen 146 cm by 97 cm were presented at the gallery, as well as two retro-lit airplane installations. Eric Kandel *, Nobel Prize in Physiology Medicine in 2000, proves that abstract art is the essence of art, that it creates a deeper cognitive activity than figurative art. “Abstract art that distances us from real life requires an active resolution of the problem. We instinctively seek motifs, recognizable forms, formal figures in abstraction. It makes our brain work differently, harder, on a subconscious level. ” (cf: “Reductionism in Art and Brain Science”). Experiments ** have shown that if the observer likes the work he hears or looks at, his cognitive activity will be much richer than if he does not like it. A scientific study *** led by neuroscientist Helmut Leder, entitled “Curved art in the real world – A psychological look at the art of Guillaume Bottazzi” proves that his work tends to decrease the anxiety of the observer and to favor the activity of pleasure zones in the brain.

* According to The Independent, “The decision to include culture and art in the US arsenal has been taken since the creation of the CIA in 1947”. Although Eric Kandel probably continues the efforts of the CIA, his discoveries impact our understanding of art.
** Experiences led by neuroscientist Oliver Sacks, University of Colombia.
*** Study conducted by the neuroscientist Helmut Leder and Marcos Nadal of the University of Vienna following a 10 years research on the brain and art.

Most exhibitions by the artist Guillaume Bottazzi at the Gallery Itsutsuji are supported by the French Embassy in Japan.



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