Exhibition catalogue for Tetsumo Kudo’s show, which was held at the Stedeljik Museum Amsterdam in 1972. It contains a biography commented by the influential Japanese artist and a handwritten text entitled ‘Pollution — Cultivation — Nouvelle Écologie’ in French. These are translated in Dutch, alongside a list of happenings, artwork reproductions, a list of exhibitions and a bibliography. The cover is screen printed as well as Kudo’s handwritten text inside. Catalogue designed by Wim Crouwell.
“In the past, our way of thinking on Earth has often been based on antagonism,” the artist wrote in 1972. “And antagonism, in which human beings confront nature or mechanisms, only creates pollution.”
Kudo’s meticulous micro environments combine industrial materials and everyday objects that suggest the threats posed by nuclear energy and technology. The title is taken from a group of works featuring depictions of human organs painted in fluorescent colours and insects entangled in electrical cables and wires on a circuit board, all covered by a layer of dried-up soil and discoloured plastic flowers in a state of near ruin.
Amsterdam: Stedeljik Museum, 1972.
First edition 4to (27.4 × 20.9 cm) Softcover 32 pp Texts in Dutch and French Silkscreen printed covers. Saddle-stapled bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout except for few pages.
Near fine. Shelf wear and slight creases. Item ID: 1329.