Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on February 2012

Thanks Sam (1963), 所蔵・写真提供:千葉市美術館 ©Ryoji Ito

The creator of the world’s most famous Electric Dress, and plenty of other iconoclastic artworks, is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Atsuko Tanaka was at the forefront of the experimental art wave that washed over Japan in the early postwar era, as part of the avant-garde artists’ group Gutai. Organized by England’s Ikon Gallery—in tandem with The Japan Foundation and the MOT—“The Art of Connecting” takes a look at an extensive career of technologically inspired installations and paintings that unfortunately came to an end with Tanaka’s passing away in 2005.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, until May 6 (listing).