In a solo exhibition designed specially for the architecture of the house, the Kunsthaus Bregenz will show photographs from three series of works by the Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1949 in Tokyo, lives in New York).
In a solo exhibition designed specially for the
architecture of the house, the Kunsthaus
Bregenz will show photographs from three
series of works by the Japanese
photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto (born 1949 in
Tokyo, lives in New York). During his studies
of art, Sugimoto, who left Japn in 1970 and
went to Los Angeles, was influenced by
American Minimal- and Concept Art. This is
revealed not only in the serial nature of his
photographs, but above all in the reduction
and concentration of the pictorial vocabulary
which gives his subjects the aura of quiet
and timelessness which distinguishes his
Five central photographic series determine his work to date: Dioramas and Wax Museums (both since 1976), Theaters (since 1978), Seascapes (since 1980), and Architecture (since 1997).
Impressed by Peter ZumthorÂ´s architecture, Sugimoto decided to present 21 photographs from the series of the Seascapes and 13 photographs from the Architecture series for the first time in large format. The new monumental group Pinetrees was created especially for the Bregenz exhibition and is based on the tradition of Japanese painting.
A catalogue-book as well as a artistÂ´s book designed by Hiroshi Sugimoto will appear on the occasion of the exhibition.
Performances by the Naohiko Umewaka Noh Theater within the framework of the exhibition
Naohiko Umewaka - Performances of the Noh Play Yashima (27-30 Sept. 2001)
Japanese Noh theater is a stylized stage art which developed out of cult dances and folk art musicals and looks back on to a 700 year old history. Most of the ca. 200 Noh plays are by Zeami (1363-1443) who, like many masters of the Noh theater, was writer, actor, musician and director in one and also formulated fundamental writings on Noh theater. Noh plays consist of the rhythmic recitation of a text, of classical Japanese music and of symbolic movements of the actors. The acting, by male performers only, is extremely concentrated - gesture is reduced to but a few standardized gestures and dance movements, and the main actors wear characteristic masks.
The types of magnificent costumes used today were fixed in the 18th century and not changed since.
Yashima, the piece to be performed at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, is by Master Zeami and is about wars between the Taira and Minamoto clans in the late 12th century. SugimotoÂ´s photograph Seto Inland Sea from the Seascapes series functions as the stage set for the Noh theater and was taken in Yashima, the historical site where the battles between the two clans were fought.
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(except during the Bregenz Festival)
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