Shuji Terayama Tomato Kechappu Kōtei / Emperor Tomato Ketchup 1971
Shuji Terayama
Tomato Kechappu Kōtei / Emperor Tomato Ketchup 1971

Questions were an important part of the work of Shūji Terayama(1935–1983) whose striking creative work exists in a liminal space between fact and imagination. Terayama’s career recalls an eerie tale of Japanese folklore in which a face shifts to become a different face. An acclaimed filmmaker, poet, radio and stage dramatist, essayist, photographer and horseracing tipster (with no less than eight volumes of commentary to his name) Terayama was, in the words of theatre critic Akihiko Senda, ‘the eternal avant-garde’.

In an era when Japan’s underground was reaching a fever pitch, Terayama was a crucial player in a complex network of creative expression, encompassing such countercultural legends as singer Akihiro Miwa, photographer Daido Moriyama and graphic artist Tadanori Yokoo. A tribute to this ‘many-headed’ artist, this survey centres both on his astonishing film and video and his trailblazing shifts through varied media and performance; Terayama always made work that was interrelated, often producing visionary and unexpected outcomes in whatever his chosen form.

Curated by Thomas Dylan Eaton

A season ticket is available for £20 (£15 concessions) (symposium not included). Please call 020 7887 8888 to book.

With generous support from Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation, Sasakawa Foundation, Toshiba Foundation, and All Nippon Airways.

Events in this series


Saturday 17 March 2012, 19.0021.30
Sunday 18 March 2012, 15.0017.00
Sunday 18 March 2012, 21.0022.00
Friday 23 March 2012, 21.0022.00
Friday 23 March 2012, 19.0021.00
Saturday 24 March 2012, 19.0021.00
Sunday 25 March 2012, 17.0019.00


Friday 23 March 2012, 10.0017.00