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The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibition
HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – POST VITAM
Venue [ Higashiyama Cube ]
About the Exhibition
The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art is proud to present HIROSHI SUGIMOTO – POST VITAM, an exhibition of work by internationally renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, to mark the opening of its new Higashiyama Cube gallery.
Since the 1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto has earned global acclaim for photographic works combining sophisticated large-format camera techniques with conceptual motifs. Sugimoto’s interests also encompass collecting art and historical documents from different times and places, architecture, and theater directing; all facets of his ongoing exploration of the concept of time, human perception, and the origins of consciousness.
Visiting Kyoto frequently over the years and finding himself moved to contemplative thought by the ancient capital’s long history, Sugimoto has created a series of photographs in the city. Now, to celebrate the renewal of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, situated in Okazaki, Kyoto, once home to six large temples, he will invoke the sacred splendor of an imaginary temple, under the title POST VITAM.
Taking as its key words ruri, jodo, and opticks, this first major exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto at a Kyoto museum will reexamine his unique practice that has developed from photography through the intersection of religious, scientific and artistic inquiry, and simultaneously take a fresh look at the state of the Japanese soul amid centuries of longing for the jodo (pure land) in its myriad incarnations.
The term ruri refers variously to the ultramarine color of lapis lazuli, and to glass, and is also connected to Yakushi Ruriko Nyorai (Bhaiṣajyaguru), the Medicine Buddha. Sugimoto has a deep and longstanding fascination with the magic of this amazing material that has captured hearts and minds since ancient times, and is also connected with lenses and photography. This exhibition will include various glassrelated artworks and artifacts, centering on Sugimoto’s large-format color series OPTICKS, making its world debut.
- Mar. 21 (Sat) – Jun. 14 (Sun), 2020
- Higashiyama Cube
About the Artist
Born in 1948. Relocating to the United States in 1970, he has been working out of New York and Japan since 1974. Among his best-known photographic series are Seascapes and Theaters. He established the architectural design firm New Material Research Laboratory in 2008, and in 2017, ten years after its conception, opened the Odawara Art Foundation - Enoura Observatory. His production (direction/scenography) of At the Hawk’s Well will be performed in autumn 2019 at the Paris Opera. He is the author of books including Time Exposed, Utsutsu na zo, and Origins of Art. Recipient of the 2001 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, 2009 Praemium Imperiale Award for Painting (Japan), 2010 Medal with Purple Ribbon (Japan), 2013 Officier de L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). Designated a Person of Cultural Merit (Japan) in 2017.
A comprehensive display of photographic works, including the premier of Sugimoto’s new large-format color print series OPTICKS.
Diverse program of associated events
Events run in conjunction with HIROSHI SUGIMOTO - POST VITAM will include performances at the artist’s Glass Tea House “Mondrian” installed in a Japanese garden and on display in Japan for the first time as part of the show; and Noh performance produced by Sugimoto and organized by Odawara Art Foundation at the ROHM Theatre Kyoto. There will also be a lecture by the artist.
Long-running display of Glass Tea House “Mondrian” in Japanese garden.
Following installations in Venice and Versailles, Glass Tea House “Mondrian,” designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto / New Material Research Laboratory, will make its Japanese debut. The teahouse will be installed in the Japanese Garden adjacent to the new gallery, where it will remain as a piece of public art after the exhibition has closed, until January 2021. During the exhibition it will be the venue for performances, including “Odori” by Tanaka Min, for tea ceremonies and more, serving as a space that fuses the traditional and modern.
Noh performance Tsukimi-zato and Sambaso produced by Hiroshi Sugimoto
As part of the HIROSHI SUGIMOTO - POST VITAM program, Noh performance produced by Hiroshi Sugimoto and organized by Odawara Art Foundation will be staged in Kyoto for the first time. The program will feature a re-interpretation of Sambaso, one of Japan’s oldest celebratory entertainments. Here, a fusion of traditional performing art and contemporary art transcending time and genre will serve as an embodiment of the expanding classic. The Sambaso of Nomura Mansai and son Yuki is bold and dynamic, guaranteeing an exciting show. Also on the program will be Tsukimi-zato, an opportunity to savor the artistry of National Treasure Nomura Mansaku, an actor at the very pinnacle of his abilities. The show will be an outstanding opportunity to enjoy performances by three generations of the Nomura acting dynasty, based on a worldview crafted by the multitalented Hiroshi Sugimoto.
Date: April 25 (Sat), 2020
Venue: ROHM Theatre Kyoto South Hall
Produced by Hiroshi Sugimoto and organized by Odawara Art Foundation
Tsukimi-zato - Nomura Mansaku, others
Sambaso - Nomura Mansai, Nomura Yuki, others
*The exhibition HYOGU - Frame of Japan will be held around the same time at the Hosomi Museum of Art in Okazaki area, Sakyo-ku.