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Nobuyoshi Araki at the Bourse de Commerce

From 8th December 2021, for the first time in Paris, the Pinault Collection presents a series of photographs and a new video installation at the Bourse de CommerceShi-Nikki (Private Diary) for Robert Frank, by the famous photographer Nobuyoshi Araki (presented in Gallery 3), and Luanda-Kinshasa by the artist Stan Douglas.

Produced in 1993, three years after the death of his wife Yoko Aoki, this series brings together 101 black-and-white photographs. Whether in the austerity of the studio or the intimacy of the bedroom, the photographer captures his female models in fully frontal poses, explicit and uncompromising, as well as in erotic scenarios.
These images are punctuated by photographs of Araki’s new daily life as a widower: still lifes, the streets and skies of Tokyo, the cat, Chiro, he adopted with his wife… Among them, the street photographs echo the work of Robert Frank (1924–2019), a pioneer of American photography, to whom Araki dedicated this series on the occasion of his exhibition at the Yokohama Museum. In this juxtaposition, Araki explores his intimate surroundings and questions both desire and loss.

Mathieu Humery – curator of the exhibition – stated: “Araki’s work is known for its direct relationship with reality, which he experiences, lives, and transforms into fiction, so to speak. This approach is very different from that of a reporter, whose supposedly “objective” eye merely observes and records. […] Araki perhaps goes further by taking his own individuality as his subject. Thus, this photographic mosaic points to the artist’s complex thinking, to the very core of his feelings, impulses, and reflections. Each image, whatever its subject, from the most banal to the most torrid, finds its place in the narrative of his experience of time“.

At the same time as the exhibition dedicated to Master Araki, the Bourse de Commerce also presents Luanda-Kinshasa, a video installation by Canadian artist Stan Douglas, at Studio Level -2 of the Museum.

Nobuyoshi Araki
Shi Nikki (Private Diary) for Robert Frank, 1993 (details)
101 gelatin silver prints
Image size: 18.8 × 28.6 cm (or vice versa)
Paper size: 25.4 × 30.5 cm (or vice versa)
Pinault Collection
© Nobuyoshi Araki.
Courtesy of Taka lshii Gallery and the Pinault Collection