The life work of Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase (1934, Hokkaido) remained largely inaccessible for twenty-five years, following his tragic fall – from which the artist suffered permanent brain damage.
After his death in 2012, the archives were gradually disclosed, revealing a wealth of material that had never been shown before. Foam presents a large-scale retrospective with original prints from the Masahisa Fukase Archives in Tokyo. In addition to his seminal body of work Ravens, the exhibition in Foam contains a number of important photo series, publications and documentation dating from the 1960s to 1992.
Masahisa Fukase worked almost exclusively in series, some of which came about over the course of several decades. His subjects were often personal and intimate. Over the years his wife Yoko, his dying father, his artist friends and beloved cat Sasuke featured in often playful, and at times melancholic visual narratives. The artist himself regularly appeared in front of the lens. Together, the works form a unique visual biography of one of the most radical and experimental photographers of his generation.
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Masahisa Fukase – Private Scenes was created in collaboration with Tomo Kosuga, director of the Masahisa Fukase Archives. The works were generously lent by the Masahisa Fukase Archives, represented by Michael Hoppen Gallery. Foam thanks Simon Baker, director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and Les Rencontres d'Arles for their advice and involvement.
This exhibition is made possible by the Japan Foundation. With special thanks to Kyotographie and Frameman.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.