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Illiterate, Kunizo Matsumoto is fascinated by writing. On calendar pages, brochures, questionnaires or newsletters, which he collects by the hundreds, he tirelessly copies literary texts, TV programs or notes of his own. Gathered and packaged in sealed envelopes, some of these writings are part of a fictitious epistolary collection. Presented for the first time in 2003, at the Collection of Art Brut (Lausanne), he was exhibited in 2015 at the maison rouge (Paris) and will be again in 2020 in Scrivere Designando : quand la langue cherche son autre, by curators Andréa Bellini and Sarah Lombardi, at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève.

kunizo matsumoto - © christian berst — art brut
Date 1962 —
Country Japan

Kunizo Matsumoto is in charge of the dishes in the family restaurant in Osaka. He obsessively collects a variety of printed brochures of Kabuki theater, exhibition catalogues, guides, etc. His room is filled up with these objects and no one has the right to touch them. He can neither read nor write, yet in 1985, he began to create his own ideograms. Sometimes he copies passages from Kabuki plays. Once the sheet is blackened, he continues “writing” in the air, creating an imaginary dance choreography. In the evening, when all family members are asleep, he writes on the restaurant calendar or in the notebooks in his room.

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Kunizo Matsumoto, untitled (February 13) - © christian berst — art brut
Kunizo Matsumoto, untitled (February 13), 2004
10.24 x 14.17 in
Kunizo Matsumoto, untitled (March 4) - © christian berst — art brut
Kunizo Matsumoto, untitled (March 4), 2004
10.24 x 14.17 in
untitled (July 1) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (July 1), 2004
10.24 x 14.96 in
untitled (July 15) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (July 15), 2004
10.24 x 14.96 in
untitled (July 7) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (July 7), 2004
10.24 x 14.96 in
untitled (July 22) - © christian berst — art brut
untitled (July 22), 2004
10.24 x 14.96 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2012
4.33 x 10.24 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
4.33 x 11.42 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 2010
4.72 x 11.42 in
Do the write thing read between the lines #2
Catalogue published to mark the exhibition *Do the write thing #2 : read between the lines *, christian berst art brut, Paris, 2018. - © christian berst — art brut

Preface : Eric Dussert
Foreword : Christian Berst
Catalog published to mark the exhibition Do the write thing : read between the lines #2, from April 26th to June 2nd, 2018.

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exhibition view of *scrivere disegnando : when language seeks its over*, contemporary art center, genova, switzerland, 2020. - © contemporary art center of geneva, christian berst — art brut
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La Rédaction, Art Actuel. October 25, 2014.
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