As we posted here back in the end of March, Japan Society in New York currently has a dark art exhibit called “Bye Bye Kitty! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Art“, examining some of the more grim aspects of Japanese artistic creation.

As TIME Magazine details in their post from two days ago, this exhibit is a really far cry from the typically kawaii images that we see on a regular basis. This exhibit isn’t for the Hello Kitty fans, unless they’re capable of opening their minds and embracing some more twisted artistic expression.

The TIME article goes into greater detail about the exhibit than we did, so read the whole thing if you’re interested.

Giving the whole exhibit a slightly eerie timing, the TIME article also mentions that In a lecture delivered on February 17, a month before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, curator David Elliott said that “One of the things that is interesting [about the show] is its apocalyptic nature,” and argued that the mood of foreboding in the works on display was “based on the artists’ experience” but also “based on their living in an earthquake zone — that something bad could easily happen.”

That apocalyptic theme is present in some of the paintings and works on display at the exhibit. Read the rest of TIME’s article for detailed descriptions of a few of the specific pieces.

Click here to visit the exhibit’s official site for even more information.

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