July 10, 2017 | Acquisitions

  Diagonal Phase , 1969/2012. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio. Installation view at Dia:Chelsea, New York, NY, 2016.  Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012. Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio. Installation view at Dia:Chelsea, New York, NY, 2016. 
Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York.

Dia Art Foundation announces acquisition of five works by Kishio Suga

The Dia Art Foundation has announced its acquisition of eight major installations by Kishio Suga and Lee Ufan. As reported on Artforum

The newly-acquired works will introduce the materials and techniques of Mono-ha (School of Things)—a 1960s movement, originating in Japan, that emphasizes natural and man-made materials. Mono-ha artists’ interests align with the Arte Povera, Land art, and Minimalist art movements, which form the foundation of Dia’s collection.

“Since arriving at Dia, I have had a strong desire to deepen the institution’s commitment to reflect a greater understanding of the seminal work that was being made internationally during the period that Dia has championed,” said Jessica Morgan, director of the Dia Art Foundation. “The addition of Lee Ufan and Kishio Suga to Dia’s collection was a natural progression for our foundation. Both artists were contributing to parallel conversations around Minimalism and post-Minimalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and are still developing their resonant and influential practices today.”

The five acquired works by Suga include Diagonal Phase, 1969/2012, and Abandoned Situation, 1971, which represent Suga’s earliest Mono-ha works; Placement of Condition, 1973/2016; Separating Dependence, 1973/2013; and Perimeter, 1985. Two of the works—Diagonal Phase and Placement of Condition—are currently on view in the exhibition “Kishio Suga” at Dia:Chelsea’s 541 West Twenty-Second Street location through July 29.