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Eikoh Hosoe (yes, AGAIN!) at Clair, Munich

by Suzanne on June 22nd, 2011

Yukio Mishima as Saint Sebastian by Eikoh Hosoe - click to enlarge

Yes, I know I abuse every Eikoh Hosoe exhibition announcement to indulge in Mishima erotica when the rest of his oeuvre is absolutely breathtaking, but deep deep down, you all want to see Mishima's perfectly toned oily near-naked body (... and ANYWAYS, I even threw in a Kazuo Ohno to be fair!)

Kazuo Ohno by Eikoh Hosoe - click to enlarge

People who are close to me know of my obsession with St Sebastians in art, and I actually have to admit that I now completely forgot what I wanted to write about here but OH BOY!

Exhibition details are below and let's here it from the man himself:

"The world to which I was abducted under the spell of [Hosoe’s] lens was abnormal, warped, sarcastic, grotesque, savage, and promiscuous…It was, in a sense, the reverse of the world we live in, where our worship of social appearances and our concern for public morality and hygiene create foul filthy sewers winding beneath the surface. Unlike ours, the world to which I was escorted was a weird, repellent city—naked, comic, wretched, cruel, and overdecorative—yet in its underground channels there flowed, inexhaustibly, a pellucid stream of unsullied feeling."

Mishima's preface to Eikoh Hosoe's Ordeal by Roses

From Ordeal by Roses by Eikoh Hosoe, gelatin silver print, 1963/1976 - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 7 - Jul 16, 2011

Address: Clair, Franz-Joseph-Str. 10, D-80801 München, Germany, tel: +49.(0)89.386674-42/46, email: info@clair.me | Map

Gallery hours: Wed - Sat: 3 - 7 PM, and by appointment

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Eikoh Hosoe's "Irrationality" at Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam

by Suzanne on April 18th, 2011

Ordeal by Roses (Barakei) #32 by Eikoh Hosoe, 1961 - click to enlarge

Amsterdam's Kahmann Gallery is currently showing a beautiful Eikoh Hosoe retrospective entitled Irrationality - presenting sumptuously dark photographes of butoh (Kamaitachi, 1965–1968), mythology, rites and definitely one or two gorgeous portraits of Yukio Mishima (Ba-ra-kei - Ordeal by Roses, 1963, see above)

The show opened in March and will remain on display until May 9.

I can't really click on much on the gallery's website and I assume it's some flash problem, so the infos I posted below come from Photography Now instead.

Man and Woman # 20 by Eikoh Hosoe, 1960 - click to enlarge

On show: Mar 10 - May 9, 2011

Address: Kahmann Gallery, Lindengracht 35, 1015 KB Amsterdam, Netherlands, tel: +31 (0)20 . 5158589, email: info@kahmanngallery.com

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 1 - 5 PM, or by appointment

by suzanne_tumblr on November 17th, 2009


eikoh hosoe - kimono #2, 1963 (liquidnight)

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