Art history repeats itself: protesting the 1964 and 2020 Olympics

Namiko Kunimoto, “Olympic Dissent: Art, Politics, and the Tokyo Olympic Games of 1964 and 2020,” for The Asia-Pacific Journal:

With the 2020 Games on the horizon, Japan’s stakes have shifted but much remains the same. Rather than celebrating its emergence as a world power, Japan’s leaders aspire to prove it is still a leading economy, despite lackluster growth in the post-bubble years of the 1990s and 2000s and the surging Chinese economy replacing Japan as the second largest economy and leading trading nation. A younger generation of artists has begun to critique anew the state’s embrace of capitalism and its disregard for economic inequality.