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TAKAKO SAITO, hand out by Takako on 14 July in Wiesbaden, 2022 [part of performance]

TAKAKO SAITO, hand out by Takako on 14 July in Wiesbaden, 2022
ca 14 x 15 x 7 cm
plastic cup with text “On on On on”, felt pen ink, bean, colour print, cellophane bag

This object in cellophane bag was part of a performance in Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden (Germany). Every ten years a Fluxus Anniversary is organised.
‘Takako’s performance consisted of her digging up all kinds of objects from a bag and throwing them one by one to the audience. Each object had one or more words on it. The people who caught the objects had to read aloud what was written on it. Completely different words, meaning didn’t matter, they were fantasy words to me. It did work comically, especially when she threw a lot of things in quick succession.’
From an email by Harry Ruhé to KvG, September 12, 2022

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TAKAKO SAITO, Wassermusik, 2000

TAKAKO SAITO, Wassermusik, 2000
33 x 17,3 cm
hand made plastic bag, permanent felt pen ink, heat press ridges, metal rings, dried up water and sand from river Rhine
series of circa 2-3 unique works
signed, dated
inv.TSai 262-pr_for art handling use gloves

It is known that Takako Saito has made a few of these unique hand made plastic bags called “Wassermusik”, with geometric patterns alluding to musical scores without written notes. Apparently the water took care of the music. The bag is supposed to hang on a wall and was filled with water from the Rhine in Düsseldorf, Germany. In the long run this evaporated. Considering the use and age of this unique item it is in an excellent condition, without tears, cracks, rust or petrification. KvG June 2022

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TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorfer Wasser, 1984 [Nr. 18]

TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorf Wasser, 1984
22 x 11,2 cm
4 torn marbled paper and hand folded folder
unique marbled paper
signed, dated, numbered; here nr 18
published by Noodle Edition, Düsseldorf, Germany
condition: pristine, aged folder
inv.TSait 914

 

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TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorfer Wasser, 1984 [Nr. 20]

TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorf Wasser, 1984
20,6 x 11,6 cm
5 torn marbled papers and hand made folder
unique marbled paper
signed, dated, numbered; here nr 20
published by Noodle Edition, Düsseldorf, Germany
condition: pristine, aged folder
inv.TSait 915-pr

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TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorfer Wasser, 1984 [Nr. 37]

TAKAKO SAITO, Die Tuschzeichnung auf dem Düsseldorf Wasser, 1984
23,1 x 12,4 cm
5 torn marbled papers and hand folded folder;
unique marbled paper
signed, dated, numbered; here nr 37
published by Noodle Edition, Düsseldorf, Germany
condition: pristine, aged folder
inv.TSait 916

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TAKAKO SAITO, Takako’s, 2019 [tote bag]

TAKAKO SAITO, Takako’s, 2019
ca 69 x 37 cm
firm tote bag, canvas
edition CAPC / Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France
signed, dated
inv.Tassen 619

During the opening at the CAPC in Bordeaux ca 14-20 tote bags were signed by Takako Saito.

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TAKAKO SAITO, Games, 1976 [hand made folder]

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TAKAKO SAITO, Games, 1976
ca 50,4 x 35,3 cm
handmade cardboard folio with 21 offset prints, ink stamp, collage
signed, numbered, dated in print
nr 4/200 (of only ca 20 have been made)
published by Noodle Edition, Düsseldorf, Germany
condition: excellent, lightly discoloured on the outside
extremely rare
ask for details
€ 4.500,- plus € 32,- Track & Trace registered mail
Priavate collecion, Amsterdam, Margin scheme
inv.TSait 344-pr

Each sheet is provided with a speech cloud and shows instructions of the game that may be played. This folder contains 7 different prints colored-in by the artist. Each print comes with 2 extra blank black and white prints, obviously meant for colouring them yourself. This game was designed to be played with other objects or pieces, as stated in Saito’s notes.

Two hundred signed and numbered copies were planned but ONLY circa 20 were made by Takako and sold (hence an early number from the edition). The amount of prints may vary from copy to copy. Fondazio Luigi Bonotto in Colseresa in Italy has a copy (number 5/200) with 8 different prints in its collection: https://www.fondazionebonotto.org/en/collection/fluxus/saitotakako/1767.html

 

Introduction print in folio:
tsaito1976gamesfolioa700

Example of coloured-in print plus two black and white copies
tsaito1976gamesfolioc700

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TAKAKO SAITO, You and Me, 1981 [thread spools, box No. 32]

TAKAKO SAITO, You and Me, 1981
3,6 x 8 x 8 cm
yarn spools, coloured threads, wooden box, ink stamps
signed, dated, numbered, here No. 32
€ 820,- plus € 20,- registered mail Track & Trace
inv.TSait 691

 

Ink stamped instructions on the reverse of the lid read ‘Put something in the box and sign. Then, this is a work of us.’.

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TAKAKO SAITO, Do it Yourself, 1990

TAKAKO SAITO, Do it Yourself, 1990
10 x 23 x 15.3 cm
17 hand made paper cubes, shredded paper, wooden box, felt pen ink on perspex lid
video tape is lacking
signed, dated, numbered
edition 30, here number 8/30
published by Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

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AKI-Fluxfest, 1981 [poster]

AKI-Fluxfest, 1981
49.4 x 33.5 cm
screen print on paper, poster folded as mailed (17 x 24.8 cm)
condition: reasonable, tear lower left, missing chip of paper
rare
inv.Fluxus 687

 

Peter van Beveren and Harry Ruhé invited Fluxus artists to participate in a Fluxus Festival at the AKI Art Academy in Enschede in The Netherlands. Participating artists were Eric Andersen, Giuseppe Chiari, Dick Higgins, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Bob Lens, Wim T. Schippers, Takako Saito, Ludwig Gosewitz, Milan Knizak and Mischa Mengelberg. The director Sipke Huismans of the AKI gave carte blanche to the two curators. Van Beveren and Ruhé managed nine artists to come over for five days to this Fluxus event, namely Eric Andersen, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Bob Lens, Wim T. Schippers, Takako Saito, Ludwig Gosewitz, Milan Knizak and Mischa Mengelberg. Every artist got a fee of Dfl. 3.000,- (“It is about time that artists should be properly paid…’). In the end the AKI almost went bankrupt caused by the high bills of hotel, dinner and free booze, trip and traveling costs.