William Klein “Dance Happening, Tokyo 1961”

Akio Nagasawa Gallery

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[Image: William Klein]

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This Tokyo show is part of the traveling exhibition “Kazuo Ohno By Eikoh Hosoe and William Klein,” which features works by the two photographers that was originally put together by Akio Nagasawa for last year’s Rencontres d’Arles international photography festival in France. The works shown in this exhibition are photographs taken in 1961, when Klein was in Japan for shoots that came together in his photo book “Tokyo.” Products of a collaboration between Klein and Hosoe, the pictures on display here showcase the two photographers’ keen observations of the city of Tokyo during the initial years of recovery and growth after the war, and at the same time, of the bodies of three eccentric Butoh dancers and their experimentation with a new form of dance. The three Butoh dancers are Kazuo Ohno, Tatsumi Hijikata and Yoshito Ohno, whose “actions” in the streets can be considered as a prototype of the physical art that would later be called “happenings” or “performances.” These photographs serve as valuable documents of early Butoh that was pioneering even on an international level. While some of the works shown in this exhibition were also included in the book “Tokyo,” most of the photographs have been lying dormant in Klein’s studio without ever being published. The “actions” that resurface now, 56 years after the event, retain the same striking visual impact that they had when William Klein first encountered the three dancers in Tokyo.

[Related Events]
“Yoshito Ohno: Special Performance”
Yoshito Ohno, one of the dancers portrayed in the photographs, will show a special Butoh performance to commemorate the exhibition.
Event Times: February 4, 14:00-
Admission: ¥2,000 (all standing, capacity: 30)

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from January 11, 2017 to February 26, 2017
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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William Klein

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