Katz Contemporary:BIJIN GA

Foto: Courtesy Katz Contemporary

Foto: Courtesy Katz Contemporary

Opening: Saturday, 8 June 2013, 11 :00 – 17:00
Open House weekend: Saturday & Sunday, 8 & 9 June 2013, 11:00 – 17:00

Book launch & talk with Betony Vernon: Sunday, June 9, 16:00
Betony Vernon will talk about her exciting new book The Boudoir
Bible: The Uninhibited Sex Guide for Today, Rizzoli New York 2013,
illustrated by François Berthoud

Talstrasse 83, CH-8001 Zürich
T +41 (0)44 212 22 00 • F +41 (0)44 212 22 11

June 9 – August 17, 2013

Katz Contemporary is proud to present traditional and contemporary Japanese art by Hashiguchi Goyô (1880-1921, Japan) and Nobuyoshi Araki (*1940, Minowa, Tokyo, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan) in the new exhibition Bijin Ga. Hashiguchi Goyô’s woodcuts will be presented opposite works by François Berthoud (*1961, Le Locle, lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland). As the exhibition’s title suggests, all exhibited pieces focus on Pictures of Beautiful Women. The front room of the gallery holds Hashiguchi Goyô’s woodblock prints and François Berthoud’s new works, which have been inspired by Goyô. Goyô’s delicately conceived compositions reveal subtle hints of desire and sexuality which are pushed further by the graphic realizations and illustrations in François Berthoud’s unmistakable style. In the back room ten pieces from the Bondage series by world-renowned Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki are presented. Disturbingly explicit photographs of an imagined Japanese reality. Araki succeeds in translating endless creative energy to erotically charged photographs which refer to the tradition of so-called «Shunga» woodcuts from the 18th century as well as «Kinbaku». Thus a kinship between Araki’s works and those of his artistic great grandfathers becomes evident – and also point to the works by Goyo Hashiguchi in the front room.
Araki does not attempt a clear-cut judgement through his photographs: «They don’t offer a final conclusion. Everything remains completely open. My pictures don’t aim at anything, they’re just there.» Still, the focus is inevitably drawn to the interaction between sex, death and beauty. Just as with Hashiguchi Goyô and François Berthoud, however, Araki’s work is much more than provocation through bare skin or depictions of the exposed female body. In addition to the exhibit, woodcuts by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 – 1950, Japan) will be shown in a separate room. Travelling the world, Yoshida captured exotic places like the Alps, Chinese villages or Indian sceneries in his very own style.  Raphaella Arnold

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