14 April 2022 > 16 October 2022

Daido Moriyama with Shomei TomatsuTOKYO REVISITED

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curated by Hou Hanru, Elena Motisi


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Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 7 pm

Saturday and Sunday last entry at 5:30 pm

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Describing themselves as ‘stray dogs running through the city while unconsciously looking around’, the two artists take pictures of everyone who moves in front of them.

Tokyo is one of the most fascinating cosmopolitan cities in the world, offering an infinite wealth of sources of inspiration for artistic creation. Photography, especially street photography, represents its most original expression thanks to famous names such as Daido Moriyama and his master Shomei Tomatsu. They have always been committed to exploring the situations of post-war Japanese society and its contemporary evolution.

Tomatsu actively works by capturing socially and politically engaging scenes. On the other hand, Moriyama likes to immerse himself in the joy and excitement produced by the consumer society. However, both artists share the same way of treating photography more as a way of life than as an artistic genre.

Visitors are invited to physically “revisit” Tokyo, connecting it with Roman reality: a city poised between eternal negotiation with its historic ruins, and futuristic projections for tomorrow.

header: Daido Moriyama, How to Create a Beautiful Picture: Tights in Shimotakaido, 1987 Courtesy: Akio Nagasawa Gallery

Radicals: Seijun Suzuki, Kaneto Shindō, Kazuo Ōno

On the occasion of the exhibition, a special screening of films by directors and creatives who share with Daido Moriyama a countercurrent, revolutionary and never conventional look at Japan. The pop and surreal character of Seijun Suzuki (19 luglio > 7 agosto), the more rigorous and austere nature of Kaneto Shindō (9 > 28 agosto) and the mystical essence of Kazuo Ōno’ Butō dance (30 agosto > 18 settembre) represent different manifestations of a common need to narrate the duality of post-war Japan, to bring to light the shadows and fragility of existence, to break taboos, and to reaffirm the individual’s freedom of choice and expression.

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