Masahisa Fukase 1961-1991 Retrospective, 2023

Exhibition Title: Masahisa Fukase 1961-1991 Retrospective
Venue: Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
Period: March 3 – June 4 2023
Exhibited series and materials:
Yūgi, Yoko, Karasu, Kazoku, Sasuke, Aruku Me, Shikei, Bukubuku, photobooks and magazines

It is with great pleasure that we present ”Masahisa Fukase 1961–1991 Retrospective” at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. By focusing intently on his personal life, Masahisa Fukase carved out a unique place for himself in the history of Japanese photography in the 1960s. While exploring the origins of photography, Fukase developed a major practice among a group of artists associated with what later came to be known as shi-shashin (”I-photography”). Fukase pointed his camera at those in his immediate surroundings, including his wife and family; and while exposing his own private life, he consciously explored the madness that lay deep within himself. This madness led to remarkable and unparalleled works that combined Fukase’s loving gaze for his subjects with his carefree sense of humor.

This exhibition boasts a substantial assemblage of works, including pieces from the museum collection that are drawn from major Fukase works, such as ”Yūgi (Homo Ludence),” ”Yōko,” ”Karasu (Ravens),” and ”Kazoku (Family).” Other highlights include ”Yōko” (part of the From Window series), ”Karasu (Ravens)”, acquired by Nihon University College of Art in the early 1980s; and ”Bukubuku” and ”Sasuke,” both from a private collection. Tracing Fukase’s trajectory from the 1960s to the early 1990s, the exhibition provides viewers with an opportunity to experience the artist’s unique world.

1|”Yūgi [Homo Ludence]”
3|”Kazoku [Family]”
4|”Karasu [Ravens]”
6|”Aruku me [Walking Eye]”
7|”Shikei [Private Scenes]”

Total 114 works (113 photographic works, 1 work per set directly attached to the wall) 15 materials, and books.

Images ©Tokyo Photographic Art Museum