A photography exhibition by Japanese artist Daido Moriyama, 79, will be showcased at A+ Works of Art, the latest addition to Kuala Lumpur's contemporary art gallery, founded by Joshua Lim.
Entitled Mapping City, the exhibition is curated by Gwen Lee, director of DECK, an independent art space in Singapore. The show traces the artist’s fascination and interest in the “city”, particularly Tokyo, which dominated most of his creations since the Sixties.
Also on display is a small selection of Moriyama’s 2015 view of Tokyo city, together with some of his signature works such as Dog from the Hunter series. The selection of 38 original hand-printed (collectible photographic print is signed by Daido Moriyama, produced in Tokyo especially for this exhibition.
Widely known as a leading figure in Japanese photography, Moriyama’s work has influenced and impacted the development of Japanese aesthetics as well as many photographers worldwide. However, the understanding of the source and development of this photographic language is mainly unknown to Southeast Asia, even though Moriyama has been given numerous international solo presentations in prestigious institutions around the world namely Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) of San Francisco (the US), Foundation Cartier for Contemporary Arts, Paris (France), and a two-man exhibition with William Klein (b. 1928, France) at the Tate Modern (UK) and more.
Sohey Moriyama, the managing director of the Daido Moriyama Foundation will be in Kuala Lumpur from August 8 to 10 2017on behalf of Daido Moriyama.
There will be a curator tour by Gwen Lee on Aug 9 at 3pm followed by 'A Conversation with Sohey Moriyama' at 5pm on Aug 9.
Admission is free.
For press, email interviews can be arranged with Daido Moriyama through A+ Works of Art.
About Daido Moriyama
Born in 1938 in Ikeda-shi, Osaka, Daido Moriyama is one of Japan’s leading figures in photography. Initially trained as a designer, Moriyama switched over to photography after working as an assistant for Takeji Iwamiya and Eikoh Hosoe and eventually became a freelance photographer in 1964. For series such as Japan: A Photo Theater, which appeared in Camera Mainichi in 1967, he received the New Artist Award from the Japan Photo-Critics Association. In recent years, large-scale exhibitions of Moriyama’s work have been displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1999; which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Japan Society, New York), the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011), and London’s Tate Modern (double exhibition with William Klein 2012-2013). In 2012, Moriyama received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography (New York), which cemented his high profile international reputation. His recent photo books include Shinjuku (2002, winner of the Mainichi Art Award 2003), Monochrome and Color (both 2012), and Dog and Mesh Tights (2015).