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

Posted in Belletristica, Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Performance Art, Photography by Suzanne on June 22nd, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

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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4 comments to " Eikoh Hosoe (yes, AGAIN!) at Clair, Munich "

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    Diane Lingenfelter says:

    Wurzeltod - so glad I came across this on FB. The imagery is great. Thank you for posting - look forward to this post.

    June 23rd, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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    AkaTako says:

    I can totally sympathize with the Mishima distraction - very hard to concentrate on anything else. I think the St. Sebastian image is lovely but there's a few others in the "Ordeal By Roses" of Mishima that I like even more.

    July 10th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I think the entire Ordeal series is genius, but St Sebastians have always had a very strong effect on me - just like on Mishima who seemed to have been particularly keen on getting the emotion and eroticism in this one right. I remember having seen at least 3 different versions of this one picture - I presume test shots for the Ordeal series.

    July 12th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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    Christophe Louveau says:

    la photo de Mishima en St sébastien, est de Kishin Shinoyama, 1966, d'après " The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima" d' Henry Scott Stokes

    November 19th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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