Kunizo Matsumoto was born in Osaka, Japan, where he is in charge of the dishes in the family restaurant. He was fascinated by the notes that the staff at the establishment wrote in little notebooks and attempted to reproduce them, event though he had never learnt to write. He obsessively collects a variety of printed brochures of Kabuki theater, exhibition catalogues and guides. 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 calender or in the notebooks in his room.

1) Untitled (July 1), 2004, ink on paper © Galerie Christian Berst, Paris
2) Untitled, 2004 felt-tip pen on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
3) Untitled, 1997-1998, felt-tip pen on paper © Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne

Video by Bruno Decharme, 6: 35, HD cam

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