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Tanaami Keiichi: A World of Collages

I could gather different materials, place them down, and then reconstruct them. They formed a collage that then formed an entire world.

Tanaami Keiichi

Since the 1960s, Japanese artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and experimental filmmaker Tanaami Keiichi has created hundreds of colourful, psychedelic collages. From being an underground, experimental artist in the 1960s and ’70s, in the past decade Tanaami’s works have been rediscovered and continue to influence a completely new generation of audiences. His collages are dense and crowded with imagery, marked by references to pop culture, war, and his own memories and experiences.

In this video, Tanaami Keiichi reflects on how his memories and dreams influence his art. His wartime childhood memories left a strong impression on him, and many of his collages from the 1960s and ‘70s contain explicit anti-war messages. He also discusses the link between his collages and a unique, vast magazine collection left behind from his fanatical uncle.

Video Credits

Produced by M+
Producer: Kenji Wong Wai Kin
Curatorial Research: Ikko Yokoyama
Special Thanks: NANZUKA, Tanaami Keiichi

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Part of the series “Artist’s Lens

Artist’s Lens features interviews with a variety of artists and makers in the M+ Collections.