The thrill and excitement that destruction invokes is common to us all. We experience this everywhere in our daily lives. Even though destruction itself may be the opposite of creation, in this age, the boundary between the two no longer exists…. Despite our refusal to empathize with destruction, we must consider it as a constructive site in order to move forward.
— Shozo Shimamoto in “Material Destruction,” Gutai Issue #7, 1957.
Today is the penultimate chance to experience Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim — a celebration of one of the most influential and disruptive creative collectives the world has seen.