Kikuji Kawada

NIKKO - A Parable

May 10 - Jun 25, 2011
Photo Gallery International

Kikuji Kawada

NIKKO - A Parable

May 10 - Jun 25, 2011
Photo Gallery International

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Photo Gallery International presents an exhibition of Kikuji Kawada’s new work, “Nikko – A Parable.”

 

Kawada had interests in baroque in the late 16th century also architecture and gardens in Europe known as grotesque, and put these photographs into a book “Sacré-Atavism”. He, in turn, pointed his lens at architecture and spirit of Nikko Toshogu Shrine asking if there were baroque of Japan in that place.

 

The European castle that reflected the spirit of Ludwig II: that was possibly the domain of images passed through idea. Contrasting Nikko Toshogu Shrine with the castle of Ludwig II, Kawada photographed a parable came out in Nikko.

 

“Nikko – A Parable” is a series consists of not-yet-exhibited images photographed in three years (1982 through 1984), and images recently photographed as well.

 

Around 20 ink-jet color prints are shown together with vintage gelatin silver prints at the exhibition.