When Yoshiaki Kaihatsu pays tribute to the giants of art history like Daniel Buren, Jackson Pollock or Piet Mondrian in absurdly huge underpants, socks and undershirts, even the most conservative museum visitors will not be able to refrain from smiling. The sense of humor with which Kaihatsu skilfully tackles the mechanisms of the art world such as fame, ego, rivalries or macho posturing is just too well-done. In his work-in-progress work Picasso Factory (147801 Series)
, which is also on display, Kaihatsu even takes on the most well-known of all artists. The self-imposed goal is to outperform Picasso in terms of productivity by just one work.
Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Picasso Factory (147801 Series), 2019, exhibition view at Hakone Open Air Museum 2019.