1008
1008

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Azuma Kenjiro
MU-767
Estimate
60,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1008

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

Azuma Kenjiro
MU-767
Estimate
60,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Azuma Kenjiro
1926 - 2016
MU-767
executed in 1976, this work is number 0 from an edition of 3
signed in English and numbered 0/3 on the base
bronze
61 by 30.5 by 32.5 cm; 24 by 12 by 12 3/4  in.
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Archivio Kenjiro Azuma and signed by the family of the artist

Provenance

Important Private European Collection

Exhibited

Milan, Lorenzelli Arte, Kengiro Azuma - Infinito MU, 2016

Literature

Kengiro Azuma - Infinito MU, Jacqueline Ceresoli, Lorenzelli Arte, 2016, p. 141

Catalogue Note

The Mark of Infinity

Azuma Kenjiro joined Movimento Punto in 1961 as a representative of Japan and the only member   using sculpture as the main creative medium. Born in 1926 in Yamagata city, Japan, Kenjiro entered Tokyo University of the Arts in 1949, and travelled abroad to Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in 1956 to further his studies, thus commencing his time in Italy spanning six decades. In 1960, the artist joined the workshop of Marino Marini, who repeatedly reminded him to always be cognizant of his Japanese identity. Inspired by such advice, Kenjiro vowed to create an “unconstructed beauty, something that can only be felt by Japanese”, and eventually developed the MU series richly imbued with Eastern philosophies.

MU means “none” in Kanji and Chinese. MU-767 (Lot 1008) is a representative piece in the series; its abstract shape contains both geometric and symbolic elements. Viewing from the front, the sculpture is perfectly polished, symbolizing the refined nature and rigor of classical Eastern art. The mottled base, on the other hand, speaks of the unpredictability of history’s progression. Most importantly, however, the symbolic hollowed dots and lines break the completeness of the object and reveal the gnawling marks of time. Strongly surrealistic, this also echoes the symbol of the Punto Movement.

In 1963, when the Movement reached its peak, Kenjiro was awarded the Japanese National Museum of Modern Art prize, followed by a touring exhibition across seven major museums in the United States. In 1975, his work was acquired by the Vatican Museum, and became its first collection by a Japanese artist. Created during this time, MU-767 was also selected for the artist’s final solo exhibition in 2016. The edition number 0/3 means that the piece is an original version of the sculpture and indeed an extremely rare, valuable version.

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