MORIMURA Yasumasa Works and Info

Self-Portrait through Art History(Van Gogh/Blue Flame)
2016/2018, inkjet print on canvas, 65x54.5cm, ed.10 [15079]
Self-Portraits through Art History (Van Eyck in a Red Turban)
2016 /2018, chromogenic print, transparent medium, 32x25cm, ed.10 [15852]
Self-Portraits through Art History (Dürer's Hand Is Another Face)
2016/ 2018, chromogenic print, transparent medium, 66x48cm, ed.10 [15851]
Self-Portraits through Art History (What Leonardo's Face Says)
2016 /2018, Japanese paper, piezograph, 32x21cm, ed.10 [15849]
Self-Portraits through Art History (Two Caravaggios / David Painting Goliath)
2016, chromogenic print, transparent medium, 158x119cm, ed.5 [15856]
Self-Portraits of Youth (Shunsuke Matsumoto / Where Am I Standing? 1)
2016/2018, chromogenic print, 160x124cm, ed.5 [15855]
Scene with Kafka 2
2015/2024, gelatin silver print, image: 29.7x21.6cm, ed.10 [17981]
A Requiem: Unexpected Visitors / 1945, Japan
2010, chromogenic print, 187.5x150cm, ed.5 [08849]
A Requiem: Theater of Creativity / Self-portrait as Marcel Duchamp (Based on the photo by Julian Wasser)
2010, chromogenic print, 150x187.5cm, ed.5 [08845]
A Requiem: MISHIMA, 1970.11.25 - 2006.4.6
2006, chromogenic print, 150x120cm, ed.5 [07045]
An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Collar of Thorns)
2001, chromogenic print, 120x96cm, ed.10 [05880]
Self-portrait/ White Marilyn
1996, type C print, 120x95cm, ed.10 [10788]
Self-portrait as Marilyn in Tokyo University, Komaba campus
1995/2008, gelatin silver print, 137x137cm, ed.7 [07958]
Self-portrait(Actress)/after Brigitte Bardot 2
1996, chromogenic print, 120x95cm, ed.10 [11655]
Tableau of Symphony ”EROICA No.6”
2023, archival inkjet print on canvas, 163.5x139cm, ed.5 [17977]
Want to change the world ? Be seriously unserious (Miró A)
2020, chromogenic print, image: 137x100cm, ed.7 [17978]
Vermeer Study: What to Pour into My Town
2019, pigment print on canvas, 45.5x41cm, frame: 72x67cm, ed.10 [14494]
Une Moderne Olympia 2018
2017-2018, chromogenic print, transparent medium, frame, 210x300cm (frame: 325x235cm), ed.5 [13055]
In praise of Velásquez: Distinguished ones in confinement
2013, chromogenic print, 60×50cm, ed.10 [10807]
Mona Lisa in its Origin
1998, chromogenic print, image: 77x54.5cm, frame: 99x76.5cm, ed.10 [04550]
White Darkness
1994/2008, gelatin silver print, sheet: 168x135cm frame:183x150x6cm, ed.7 [07860]
Portrait (Futago)
1988, Chromogenic print, transparent medium, frame, 210x300cm (frame: 225x315cm), ed.5 [10801]
Portrait (Shounen 1, 2, 3)
1988, chromogenic print, transparent medium, frame, 209x118.5cm each, frame: 227x137cm each, 3pcs, ed.5 [15103]
Portrait (Van Gogh)
1985, Chromogenic print, 120x100cm, ed.10 [04983]
Born in 1951 in Osaka, Japan. Morimura currently lives in Osaka. He exhibited his first self-portrait work, Portrait/Van Gogh, in 1985. Since then, he has continued to present "self-portrait photographs in the disguise of something or someone" on a variety of subjects with the consistent theme of "I". His works are completed by approaching the subjects (people and artworks) from his unique perspective while incorporating meticulous research, self-created dioramas and studio set construction, costumes and makeup, etc. At the same time, he has been involved in a wide range of activities including video, performance, and writing. His major works include Art History series, Actress series, and A Requiem series. Having established M@M (Morimura@Museum) in 2018, where visitors can view Morimura's documents and self-produced exhibitions, Morimura continues to work both domestically and internationally.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
“My Self-Portraits as a Theater of Labyrinths”, Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Higashiyama Cube, Kyoto, 2022; “Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection × Morimura Yasumasa A Gift of the Sea, M-Style Morimura Yasumasa’s Auto-Mytholo”, Artizon Museum, Tokyo, 2021; “Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura, Tokyo 2020”, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2020; “YASUMASA MORIMURA: EGO OBSCURA”, Japan Society, New York, 2018; “My Chronicle 1985 - 2018”, ShugoArts, Tokyo, 2018; “Yasumasa Morimura. The history of the self-portrait”, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2017; “The Self-Portraits of YASUMASA MORIMURA: My Art, My Story, My History”, National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2016; “Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self”, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, 2014; “Yasumasa Morimura: LAS MENINAS RENACEN DE NOCHE”, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2013; “Yasumasa Morimura: Rembrandt Room Revisited”, Hara Museum, Tokyo, 2013; “A Requiem: Art on Top of the Battlefield”, Travelled to Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Toyota Municipal Museum of Art; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Kobe, 2021-2011; “Yasumasa Morimura—Requiem for the XX Century, Twilight of the turbulent Gods”, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice, 2007.

Selected Publications:
Jigazo-no-yukue, Kobun-sha; Utsukushiitte-nandaro? Bijutsu-no-susume, Riron-sha; Bijutsu-no-kaibogakukogi, Chikuma-gakugei-bunko; Geijyutuka-M-no-dekirumade, Chikuma-syobo.

Selected Public Collections:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa, Japan), Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Carnegie Museums of Art (Pittsburg, USA), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo, Japan), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, USA), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, Spain), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Museum of Modern Art (New York, USA), The National Museum of Art, Osaka, (Osaka, Japan), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan), Saatchi Gallery (London, UK), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, USA),
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA).
texts / movies
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21 May - 25 August 2024

Les Franciscaines and Mori Art Museum Joint Exhibition
Floating Worlds: From Japonisme to Contemporary Art from Japan

22 June - 22 September 2024

Morimura Yasumasa Five Characters in a Transformer

2024.4.19 Fri - 6.1 Sat
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MORIMURA Yasumasa, Yuji ONO, Tomoko YONEDA

ShugoArts Show

2021.2.6 Sat - 2.27 Sat
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“Where I Am Standing” Installation movie, 2021, ShugoArts

2021.10.30 Sat - 12.18 Sat
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Where I Am Standing

2021.10.30 Sat - 12.18 Sat
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Solo Show: Ego Obscura, Tokyo 2020

2020.6.9 Tue - 7.12 Sun
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My Art, My Story, My Art History 1985-2018

"MORIMURA Yasumasa: My Art, My Story, My Art History 1985-2018" was published on October 20, 2018.

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“My Chronicle 1985 – 2016” Set of 40 polaroid style prints

Animated Slide-Show
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Interview 2018.30 at his atelier

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My Chronicle 1985 – 2018

2018.10.20 Sat - 11.24 Sat

Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am-7pm, closed on Sun, Mon and Public Holidays

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Solo Exhibition : EGO OBSCURA
Japan Society, New York

2018.10.12 Fri - 2019.1.13 Sun
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Yukio FUJIMOTO, Shigeo TOYA, MORIMURA Yasumasa

Participate: Starting Points: Japanese Art of the ‘80s
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

2018.7.7 Sat - 10.21 Sun
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Lecture Performance : “Yasumasa Morimura’s ‘Nippon Cha Cha Cha !’” Theater Commons Tokyo 2017-18

2018.3.2 Fri - 3.4 Sun

Dates:March 2nd [Fri] / 19:00-
March 3rd [Sat] / 17:00-
March 4th [Sun] / 14:00- *Talk (after the performance)

Venue:Minato Gender Equality Center “Libra”, Libra Hall

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participate: The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017 “Multiple Future”

2017.2.10 Fri - 2.26 Sun

Closed on Mondays (Final day until 18:00)
Venues:Tokyo Photographic Art Museum,etc

MORIMURA Yasumasa: Lounge Talk
2/25 Sat. 13:45-14:45

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