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April 13-June, 2024
Michael Hoppen Gallery
10 Portland Road
London, W11 4LA

Michael Hoppen Gallery Pleased to present a kaleidoscope of works crossing centuries, genre and media, to reveal a different interpretation Japan – Neither the delicate vision of the floating world, nor the kawaii kitsch of Hello Kitty’s homeland.

the concept of okashi has been used everywhere Japani Aesthetic history refers to things that delight in their strangeness, their humor, or their power to intrigue. The show reflects a broad understanding of Japan’s visual identity by including photographsVintage textiles, richly colored avantgarde theater posters, woodblock shunga prints and unusual objects such as netsuke and harigata contextualize the gallery’s interest in Japanese culture.

Oyobe Katsuhito and Yamada Shin, Tale of the Haunted Chimney, Situational Theater Company, 1981, poster. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

‘My charm Japan As a young photographer in the 1970s I was first stimulated by Japanese photobooks and magazines. When I visited Japan for the first time 20 years ago, I was completely overwhelmed by its energy and diversity. Although photography was and remains my main passion, I was fascinated and fascinated by almost everything I laid my eyes on.’

Michael Hoppen has since traveled to Japan and built up a diverse and personal collection of Japanese materials. okashi It includes a collection of carvings from the 1800s depicting ohaguro – the ancient Japanese practice of blackening the teeth, a practice considered fascinating and beautiful that delights in its strangeness. ‘Okashi’ provides a vibrant contextual backdrop against which to display Eikoh Hosoe’s works from Ordeal by Roses (1963), the famous collaborative series of portraits of author Yukio Mishima taken by this influential photographer.

included exhibition There will be other important and rare works by Masahisa Fukase from his seminal project ‘The Solitude of Ravens’, and important early works by other legendary post-war artists including Daido Moriyama, Masitoshi Naito, Shomei Tomatsu and Gen Otsuka, including his photographs. Will join. Tokyo Ballet and Komaki Ballet Companies.

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Gen Otsuka, Ballet Dancer, Tokyo, 1954, vintage silver gelatin print. Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

During his exploration of Japanese photography, Michael found himself drawn to many other cultural mediums, including Japan’s rich textile tradition, particularly the distinctive indigo dyes sometimes described as ‘Japan Blue’ goes. ‘The lack of authorship in rare ‘borrowed’ pieces such as kimono and other miscellaneous textiles allowed me to view them in a way that caused much less trouble. I evaluated them purely on aesthetics, based on colors, details, what their purpose was, not based on who made them. I focused on finding things that appealed to my eyes.’

The highlight will be a rare 19th century fireman’s jacket in exceptional condition, with an intricate and colorful depiction of an amorous couple on the inside. exhibition,

Boxwood mask netsuke of Ryuzan, Karasu-tengu, 19th century, carved boxwood, eyes inlaid with bone, pupils of brass.
Courtesy Michael Hoppen Gallery

It also includes fine examples of 19th-century Japanese shunga, theater portraits and other fascinating scenes mixed with strange and beautiful objects brought from Japan. These will include the Harigata of the Edo period and the bizarre lacquered plaster masks of the early Edo period. An extraordinary selection of avant garde Japanese theater posters and stunning examples of the work of Tanenuri Yokou, recognized as one of the most influential graphic artists to emerge from Japan in the 1970s and 1980s.

Okashi will be open at Michael Hoppen Gallery from April 13 to June, 2024

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