Borrowing its title from the Ancient Greco-Roman term for a public art salon, Pinacoteca 2021, is a specially crafted multi-room structure that imitates an exhibition space.
Yoshitomo Nara’s widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self.
A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature and studying.
The paintings on wood and canvas as well as drawings on paper, used envelopes, and cardboard boxes, are hung by the artist himself. Adorning the outside walls – which have been directly painted onto – Nara hangs new paintings on wood which are stylistically simpler and more graphic than the works inside the installation.