慶應義塾大学アート・センター Keio University Art Center

Takiguchi Shuzo papers

Takiguchi Shuzo (1903-1979) was a poet and critic associated with Japanese post-war Surrealism, who is particularly known for his watercolor works, painted from 1960 onwards. He wrote experimental poetry under the influence of Surrealism whilst still a student at Keio, went on to become one of the mainstays of avant-garde art criticism during the post-war years, and then became more widely known for his artworks using decalcomania, amongst other techniques. The main archive contains over 10,000 items relating to Takiguchi’s life from WWII to his death in 1979: correspondences, manuscripts, sketches, notes, scrapbooks, photographs, collected objects, printed ephemera, books, and serial magazines.

The ‘Takiguchi Shuzo Archive’ was established in April 2001, when Takiguchi’s relative, Suzuki You, donated a number of documents to the university.