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IntroductionFlower and Arakimono
Nobuyoshi Araki is a living legend of photography. He has been actively involved in the industry for decades, and his work has reshaped the way we view the world. His unrelenting ability to maximize the potential of the discipline and create new visual experiences has defined him as both a pioneer and revolutionary. In his diverse repertoire, polaroids occupy a special place. Every day Araki captures images with his Polaroid 600, sorts the resulting works, and selects which belong together as part of an exhibition. Among his most famous series are Flower, ARAKIMONO, Kinbaku, and Sky, which have received international recognition.
In his polaroids, the artist addresses the themes of love, sexuality, and attraction, staging them alongside the omnipresent metaphysical struggle of mortality. He combines abundance and transience using strong colors and even stronger contrasts, making himself a driving force in the world of photography. Araki’s persistent productivity, even at the age of 80, is reflected in his works, which portray growth and decay.
In his Flower series, Araki showcases the symbolic beauty of flowers in a lush and direct manner. In a competition of colors, the foliage wrestles, intent on overcoming the darkness of non-existence. Beauty and death embrace intimately in these polaroids.
Sensuality and eroticism, which are primarily associated with the name Araki, can be observed in the ARAKIMONO shots: the model spreads her legs while looking confidently at the camera, lending a certain strength to her revealing poses. Araki blends sexuality and social constraints like no other. He considers himself a provocateur, or a Photo Devil, who transcends the norms and oversteps the boundaries of supposedly good taste. In return, he is loved and revered - and frequently censored.
Nobuyoshi Araki's portfolio is of impressive scale. Over 500 books have been filled with his works and exhibitions across the globe feature thousands of his works. Despite increasing thematic diversity over the years, he has always remained true to his style, which is characterized by intimacy and sensuality.
The polaroids from the Flower and ARAKIMONO series arrived directly from the legendary artist's studio and feature signatures on the front.Bio
1940 born in Tokyo, Japan 1963 graduated from the Department of Engineering at Chiba University; majoring in photography and film-making 1974 helped found the Workshop School of Photography and Magazine, Tokyo 1976 opened Nobuyoshi Araki School, Tokyo 1988 published Aat ROOM Magazine 1990 recipient, Shashin-no-kai Prize from the Photographic Society of Japan 2008 awarded Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts Lives and works in Tokyo, JapanCollectionsFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Sammlung Goetz, MünchenExhibitions
2021 Araki, Albertina Modern, Vienna, Austria
Nobuyoshi Araki: Polaroids, Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Nobuyoshi Araki: Arakiss, Ostlicht Gallery, Vienna, Austria
2020 ARAKI Grand Diary of a Photo Maniac, Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK 2019 Gekko Shashin, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
Flower Rondeau, SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong, China
ARAKI TELLER SHISEI, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
LIFE BY FILM by Nobuyoshi ARAKI, Leica Gallery Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
SHIMEN AIKA, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
Effetto Araki, Santa Maria Della Scala, Siena, Italy
SUMMER HAPPINESS, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
Art Bridge798 Art District, Beijing, China
2018 Impossible Love –Vintage Photogragphs, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
KATA-ME, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Qing Se Hua Fu, Light Society, Beijing, China
HANA JINSEI (FLOWER -LIFE), Over The Influence, Los Angeles, USA
The Passport to the Paraside, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
The Incomplete Araki: Sex, Life, and Death, Museum of Sex, New York, USA
2017 Nobuyoshi Araki-I, Photography, Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan
27th Month of Photography November 2017 Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
ARAKI. TOKYO, Pinakothek der Moderne, Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Munich, Germany
ARAKI, Fondazione Bisazza, Vicenza, Italy
Sentimental Journey 1971-2017-, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Photo-Crazy A, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tombeau Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki × Guimet Museum, CHANEL NEXUS HALL, Tokyo, Japan
Kayuen, Epson Imaging Gallery epSITE, Tokyo, Japan
Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo, Japan
THE SOLO EXHIBITION OF NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, Over The Influence Gallery, Hong Kong, China
KYOTOGRAPHIE, A Desktop Love, Ryosokuin, Kenninji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo Life, KIDO Press, Tokyo, Japan
Lastby Leica, art space AM, Tokyo, Japan
2016 ARAKI AMORE, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy
ARAMAME, Morioka Shoten Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
A Desktop Paradise, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography Paris, Paris, France
ARAKI, Musée national des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris, France
2015 Men Naked Face by Araki, OmotesandoHills SPACE O, Tokyo, Japan
ARAKI Ojo Shashu-Photography for the After Life: Alluring Hell, Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2014 Ai No Tabi, Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Love on the Left Eye, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Photography Book of Rebirth in the Pure Land /Face, Skyscape, Road, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
2013 Tokyo Blues 1977, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo, Japan 2012 Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition: Arākī, IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka, Japan 2011 Shakyō RōjinNikki, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo, Japan 2010 Nobuyoshi Araki "Koki No Shashin: Photographs of a seventy years old, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2009 Araki, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA 2008 Nobuyoshi Araki: Photographs, Zonca & Zonca, Milan, Italy
Nobuyoshi Araki - Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, CAMK, Kumamoto, Japan
Nobuyoshi Araki - Silent Wishes, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
KINBAKU, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany
2007 Nobuyoshi Araki: Self. Life. Death, Kulturhuset Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden 2006 Nobuyoshi Araki - Diaries, Leica Galerie Wien Westlicht, Vienna, Austria
Araki - Á la vie la mort, Museé de la photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Noboyoshi Araki - Polaroids, Galleria Cà di Frà, Milan, Italy
Nobuyoshi Araki Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2005 Art Basel Miami Beach 2005 Art Basel Miami Beach BLUMENSTÜCK Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen Boost in the Shell // De Bond Aeroplastics, Brüssel Die sinnliche Linie Museum der Moderne Salzburg Corpus 05 Brügge Musea Brugge, Brügge fotografia 2005 fotografia Roma Coleccion Helga de Alvear Museo Extremeno e Iberoamericano, Badajoz Der fotografierte Mensch Neues Museum Nürnberg Europe in Art National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bukarest Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg Fundacion Juan March, Madrid CANTOS Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg 2004 COLD PLAY Fotomuseum Winterthur 15 Jahre Deichtorhallen Deichtorhallen, Hamburg In Bed Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi The Flower as Image Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach 2004 Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo Happiness - A Survival Guide for Art and Life Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Nobuyoshi Araki Zonca & Zonca, Mailand Colección Sandretto Re Rebaudengo IVAM Valencia Strange Days Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago La vita delle forme Galleria Civica Modena Female Turbulence Aeroplastics, Brüssel Works Seldom Seen at ShanghART ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai 2003 Fables de l´identité Jeu de Paume, Paris Phantom der Lust Neue Galerie, Graz update #6 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg short cuts Israel Museum, Jerusalem 2002 Keine Kleinigkeit Kunsthalle Basel Trottoirs - Sidewalks Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris Open City Hirshhorn Museum, Washington Desire Galleria d´Arte Moderna, Bologna Retrospektive a-d Miami, Miami; Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris; Moscow House of Photography, Moskau; Shine Gallery, London 2001 Kunsthalle Kiel; Ikon Gallery, London; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; Jablonka Galerie, Köln; Galerie Almine Rech, Paris Contemporary Photography from Japan De Pont, Tilburg Desire Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal 2000 Centre National de la Photographie, Paris; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Ars Futura, Zürich; Asprey Jacques, London; Gallerie Kamel Mennour, Paris 1999 Kunsthaus Bregenz; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: "Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life"; Egg Gallery, Tokyo; Art & Public, Genf 1998 Private ficcions Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; De Appel, Amsterdam: ""Life Is A Bitch"; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo: "COSMOSCO" 1996 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle Basel; Jablonka Galerie, Köln 1995 Fondation Cartier, Paris; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg 1994 Luhring Augustine, New York 1990 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt 1981 Veröffentlichung "Photograph novel" Fotosammlung und Essay 1972 Performance: "Super Photo Concert"