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OTANI Yoshihisa Collection

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Otani Yoshihisa, the owner of contemporary art gallery Kanransha, saw the exhibition of George Grosz’s works in Germany in 1995 and was motivated to research into the creative activities of Japanese artists during World War II. Part of a collection of publications he assembled for the research is presented in the Triennale. Much poetry of the era consisted of paeans to war and the military, and though it sold an enormous number of copies at the time, it was forgotten after Japan’s defeat.