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Takuma Nakahira "Burn - Overflow"

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


Takuma Nakahira
Takuma Nakahira (1938–2015) was a photographer who made a significant mark in both production and theory from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, a turning point in postwar Japanese photography. In the late 1960s, Nakahira challenged existing photographic aesthetics with his are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus) images, and in the 1970s, he rejected his own previous attempts and explored new directions. His radical and provocative stance questioned the contemporary photographic expression and, consequently, the nature of modern society itself.

In 1977, Nakahira collapsed from acute alcohol poisoning and suffered amnesia, which forced him to suspend his activities. After his recovery, he continued to present his works until the early 2010s, during which time his attempts converged into a photographic practice that continued to capture fragments of the world, outside of existing photographic representation.

This exhibition, the first major retrospective of Nakahira’s work after his death based on works and materials newly discovered in recent years, traces the trajectory of his thoughts and activities on photography, which still raise questions that cannot be overlooked today.


Feb 6 (Tue) 2024-Apr 7 (Sun) 2024 

Opening Hours Information

Closes at 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
Open on February 12 and March 25.
Closed on February 13.
FeeAdults ¥1500; University Students ¥1000; High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.
VenueThe National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Location3-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322
Access3 minute walk from exit 1b at Takebashi Station on the Tozai line. 5 minute walk from exit 4 at Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon and Tozai lines or Toei Shinjuku line. 15 minute walk from exit A1 at Jimbocho Station on the Toei Shinjuku and Mita lines or Hanzomon line.
Phone050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)
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