Dazaifu Tenmangu Artprogram vol.5 Jiro Takamatsu| Ryudai Takano “The PHOTOGRAPH and photograph”
This exhibition, “The PHOTOGRAPH and photograph,” consisted of the sole photographic work by Jiro Takamatsu together with photographs by Ryudai Takano of Takamatsu’s works installed in the main shrine and grounds of Dazaifu Tenmangu. Exhibiting simultaneously the works of these two artists who, while living in different times, both addressed seriously the question of “What is a photograph?” made for an exhibition that encouraged rethinking photography.
Born in 1936 in Tokyo, Japan. After he participated for the first time in ‘The 10th Yomiuri Independent’ in 1958, Tokyo Metropolis Art, Japan, Takamatsu formed Hi Red Center in 1963 with Akasegawa Genpei and Nakanishi Natsuyuki. He participated numerous international exhibitions such as ‘La Biennale di Venezia’ in 1968; ‘documenta 6’, Kassel, West Germany, in 1977. Even after his death in 1998, Takamatsu’s work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, including ‘Takamatsu Jiro collection in Hiroshima – Point, Line, Form of Absence', Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, in 2009.
Born in 1963 in Fukui, Japan. Graduated from the Politics and Economics Department of Waseda University. He won the 31st Kimura Ihei Commemorative Photography Award for his publication, “In My Room” (Sokyu-sha, 2005). He held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including ‘Les métamorphose du quotidien’, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, in 2004; ‘Open Studio 46th -Document, Memory, and Something’, Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo, in 2009;. Takano is, first of all, an expert at conjuring intensely sexual bodies of the same sex (How to contact a man, 2009). He is also a flaneur who continues to document ordinary scenes in abandoned street corners in Tokyo (Kasubaba, 2011)