Dazaifu Tenmangu photographic collection

2020.10.03 - 2021.03.14
Otani Nieuwenhuize Pierre Huyghe Takashi Homma Maiko Haruki

Sugawara Michizane (known as Tenjin), has long been venerated as the Kami (deity) of learning, culture, and the arts. The foremost art and culture from every era have been gathered around Tenjin in a collection of 50,000 documents and art objects, including the personal writings of Michizane, an ornamental sword, and the calligraphic work “Hanyuan (Kan’en),” a national treasure.

In order to convey and pass down the aspect of Tenjin as the patron deity of culture and the arts to the modern age, Dazaifu Tenmangu launched the Dazaifu Tenmangu Art Program in 2006. This program exhibits the diversity of contemporary culture, and by assembling talent from both Japan and abroad, which creates unique pieces of art works. The shrine also actively collects contemporary art works, regardless of nationality or genre.

This exhibition features nine photographic works from the museum’s collection in a variety of media. We hope you will enjoy the various photographic expression, including works related to Dazaifu.

Dazaifu 3, Maiko Haruki, 2007, Courtesy of TARO NASU
Camera Obscura Fusuma, Takashi Homma, 2014, Courtesy of TARO NASU

©Maiko Haruki Courtesy of TARO NASU

Otani Nieuwenhuize

Japanese photographer Shinji Otani and Dutch photographer Johann Nieuwenhuize interpret Japanese and Dutch culture and cultural tourism from the perspective of tourists by taking pictures of places where culture is "consumed" as touristic spots.

©Maiko Haruki Courtesy of TARO NASU

Pierre Huyghe

Born in 1962 in Paris, Huyghe now lives and works in New York.
Huyghe works in a variety of media from photographs, films, installations to performances.
Huyghe has received a number of awards such as the Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy) in 2001, as well as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA) in 2002. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Skulptur Projekte (Munster, Germany) in 2017, the Gwangju Biennnale (Gwangju, Korea) in 2014, the 13th Documenta (Kassel, Germany) in 2012. Huyghe also took part in the l st Yokohama Triennale (Yokohama, Japan) in 2002.
Huyghe's solo shows have been held in various authoritative museums; A major retrospective touring show "Pierre Huyghe" opened in 2013 first at the Pompidou Centre (Paris, France) followed by the Museum Ludwig (Cologne, Germany), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, USA), and "The Roof Garden Commission" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA) in 2015.
He was assigned the artistic director of the Okayama Art Summit 2019
(Okayama, Japan) .
He is one of the most influential artists currently working in the art world today and as such attracts a great deal of attention.

©Maiko Haruki Courtesy of TARO NASU

Takashi Homma

Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. He won the 24th Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for the project ‘Tokyo Suburbia’. He held his first exhibition tour ‘New Documentary’ at three museums in Japan, from 2011 to 2012. Homma embarked on a number of projects of his own, resulting in a sequence of photobooks including ‘Tanoshii shashin: Fun Photography’. Recently, Homma has begun working with a camera obscura, converting entire rooms into pinhole cameras, and he take photographs of the cities in Japan. Currently, he is a guest professor of Tokyo Zokei University Graduate School.

©Maiko Haruki Courtesy of TARO NASU

Maiko Haruki

Born in 1974 in Ibaraki, Japan. Graduated from Tamagawa University (BA). While still attending that university, she went study abroad in Goldsmiths College in London. She held solo exhibitions such as '●○', NADiff, in 2006; 'photographs, whatever they are', 1223 GENDAIKAIGA. Tokyo, in 2011; etc. She also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including 'VOCA 2006 – The Vision of Contemporary Art - New Flat Artists", The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; 'PHotoEspana', Madrid, in 2006; 'Roppongi Crossing 2007 : Future beats in Japanese contemporary art', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, and garners the attention internationally.