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Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura
One of the historical personages whom Morimura has repeatedly transformed himself into is author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), who collaborated, as a model, with the photographer Eikoh Hosoe on the erotically charged and art historically allusive photobook of 1963, Barakei ("Ordeal by Roses").
Among the most iconic images of postwar Japan is a photograph, shot November 25, 1970., of Mishima delivering a speech from the balcony at Ichigaya Camp, the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Sporting a military uniform and a headband emblazoned with the motto "serve the nation for seven lives", Mishima, who had founded the rightist militia Tatenokai two years earlier, stormed the offices of the garrison with a small coterie of followers with the aim of instigating a coup d'etat that would restore the power of the emperor. Rather than gaining inspiration, the audience of Ichigaya soldiers gathered below on the campground jeered Mishima. He repaired to the office where he committed seppuku (self-disembowlment) and his assistants beheaded him in a meticulously pre-planned ritual. A photograph captures Morimura's transformation of this landmark event into a platform for his own statement on art. He even changed the headband motto to read, "Falll down seven times, get up eight."
This fall, join us for the first NY institutional solo exhibition of one of Japan's most prolific and versatile contemporary artists, Yasumasa Morimura. Ego Obscura highlights Morimura's 30-year-long project of excavating "the self" from layers of art history, Japanese postwar history, and personal history.
In addition to major photographic self-portraits, for which Morimura transformed himself into iconic artistic and pop culture figures, the exhibition will also feature the U.S. premiere of the artist's first full-length video work, Egó Sympósion (2016) and his latest cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018), in conjunction with a live performance, Morimura’s Nippon Cha Cha Cha!, staged by the artist on the opening weekend.
ドキュメンタリー - Documentary
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