Daido Moriyama + Miguel Rio Branco Exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

poster for Daido Moriyama + Miguel Rio Branco Exhibition

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This exhibition by Daido Moriyama and Magnum photographer Miguel Rio Branco is part of a program of events scheduled to commemorate the year of Japan-Brazil exchange and the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil. Both Moriyama and Rio Branco have in common a photographic practice that captures urban landscapes and the people who live within them, each inflected with their individual worldview. For this exhibition, Moriyama shot Sao Paulo, while Rio Branco photographed Tokyo, resulting in an intriguing intersection of two cultures and viewpoints, as well as previously unseen portraits of both cities. Fragments of the everyday that are typically overlooked are transfigured into scenery pregnant with meaning, posing questions about the nature of contemporary reality.

Commemorative Lecture: October 25th (Sat) 14:00-16:00

[Image: Daido Moriyama, "Sao Paulo" (2007) Courtesy of Artist and Taka Ishii Gallery]

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Schedule

From 2008-10-22 To 2009-01-12
Open November 3rd, 24th, January 12th, closed November 4th, 25th and December 28th through January 1st

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Reviews

joao: (2009-01-09)

Even though there is only 3 days of the "Moriyama/Miguel Rio Branco" exhibition, I strongly recommend anyone interested in photography to take a look - it's a sort of "crossed look" very seldom shown in museums or galleries, putting together two world-class photographers, Daido Moriyama from Japan, and Rio Branco, from Brazil. What is most interesting is that you have an unexpected result: Daido is harsh, strong b/w and an excess of reality, although Miguel is subtle, highly fragmented and colorful. Maybe what is expected for a Japanese is exactly what Miguel has done, and what you imagined from a Brazilian, is what has come from the Japanese. Check it out.

tomomi: (2009-01-12)

I second what joao's saying - they seemed to instinctively know how the other would perceive their city.

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