2010     2011     2012

2010 Invitation Artist : Yasumasa Morimura
By Curator Dong-Hyun Kim


Propaganda, <Laugh at the Dictator>_ENG, Inkjet Print, 120×150cm,
2010, Courtesy MEM, © Yasumasa Morimura



Propaganda, <Laugh at the Dictator>_KOR, Inkjet Print, 120×150cm, 2010,
Courtesy MEM, © Yasumasa Morimura


Propaganda, <Laugh at the Dictator>
_JPN, Inkjet Print, 120×150cm, 2010,
Courtesy MEM, © Yasumasa Morimura


M's self-portrait No.72
('as Marilyn in Tokyo Univ., Komaba campus')
355x279mm, Gelatin Silver Print, 1995


M's self-portrait No.14 ('as Audrey Hepburn')
355x279mm, Gelatin Silver Print, 1995


Self-portrait(Actress / After Vivien Leigh)
© Yasumasa Morimura


Self-portrait(Actress / After Marlene Dietrich)
© Yasumasa Morimura

When Yasumasa Morimura presents his photo which he made himself up to look like Vincent Van Gogh in 1985, he used himself as a material of his photo works so far. His works have something in common in the way that he uses representative images. He deals with the problems of race, people and gender with pictures. As he comes into the historical images. he makes audiences to confused about the well known images. In addition, he makes us a laugh by setting up the symbolical elements as props in those images.


Starting from the copy of originals, he shows us directly the process which his images reproduce and reinterpret the originals. Yasumasa Morimura is the photographer who expresses modern society which is mixed with originals and copies.


Yasumasa Morimura was in the spotlight attending Venice Biennale "43th La Biennale di Venezia, Aperto'88" field in 1988 and <Against Nature; Japanese Art in the Eighties> in 1989. He was getting the spotlight again showing his new works in 2007 <Yasumasa Morimura - Requiem for the XX Century, Twilight of the turbulent Gods> at Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice. His new works are scheduled to have exhibitions all over the world and Japan from 2010 to 2011