Yasumasa Morimura is probably the most prolific and versatile appropriation artist in Japan who enjoys an international fame. He takes well-known western art works such as those of Van Gogh and Rembrandt and insert himself to the scene, often posing as the main character, while also adding some other irrelevant Asian elements to the background to enhance the contrast and irony.
Morimura was nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize in 1996. Apart from limited-term exhibitions, a number of top-notch modern art museums in the U.S. hold his works as permanent collections including the Getty Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
This fall, Japan Society is hosting the first NY institutional solo exhibition of Yasumasa Morimura, “Ego Obscura”. The exhibition highlights Morimura’s 30-year-long project of excavating “the self” from layers of art history, Japanese postwar history, and personal history.
In addition to major photographic self-portraits, for which Morimura transformed himself into iconic artistic and pop culture figures, the exhibition will also feature the U.S. premiere of the artist’s first full-length video work, Egó Sympósion (2016) and his latest cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018).
The exhibition will be on till January 2019. Click here to book your tickets.