Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

Simon Yotsuya and Friends or Bellmer in Japan

1 — 31.10.2010 | The Silesian Museum in Katowice

In Silesia, over the years, there was a lot of talks about Hans Bellmer, but still we do not know much about the creative moving that sparked because of artist’s figure in Japan.

It was in the country, known as the „land of dolls” (land of the dolls), where Bellmer’s aesthetics inspired several generations of artists and left a significant mark on popular culture.

At the exhibition prepared by the Ars Cameralis, you could find a huge presentation of the works and the silhouette of Simon Yotsuya — an artist who initiated this trend in Japan.

21-year-old Simon Yotsuya met with the works of Bellmer in 1965 through Tatsuhiko Shibusawa  fascinated by surrealism translator of French literature. Yotsuya, a very colorful and charismatic character, as a member of the avant-garde Jokyo Gekijo (Situation Theatre) gathered around him the most brilliant artists of Japanese culture at that time.

Exhibition of Simon Yotsuya in Silesia is an exceptional and symbolic event. The artist treats it as a sort of pilgrimage to the city of his master. The Silesian Museum we can see the original dolls Simon and his disciples, materials illustrating the way the artist to Bellmer’s dolls and fine photographs by legendary Eikoh Hosoe and Kishin Shinoyama.

/ Sławomir Rumiak / Takio Sugawara, curators


Honorary patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Poland and Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.

The exhibition was subsidized by City of Bytom and City of Katowice.

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