The Metamorphosis of Japan after the War

The Japan Foundation organizes an exhibition to showcase 123 black-and white photographs by 11 renowned photographers such as Ihee Kimura, Ken Domon and Eikoh Hosoe to make a retrospective review of the Japanese society with full of creativity and energy during the turbulent period spanning from 1945 to 1964 that followed the WWⅡ.

This exhibition has been reorganized as overseas traveling exhibition based on the acclaimed “Japan: A Self- Portrait” Exhibition that traveled to Setagaya Art Museum, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and other museums in Japan. Tsuguo Tada who is an editor of “Japan: A Self-Portrait Photographs 1945-1964” (published by Iwanami Shoten, Publishers) and Marc Feustel who is a Paris-based young leading specialist in the history of Japanese photography have arranged the exhibition into three sections - “The Aftermath of War”, “Between Tradition and Modernity” and “Towards a New Japan” to showcase the metamorphosis of Japan after the war.

This touring exhibition is completed.

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kikuji Kawada, Ihee Kimura, Takeyoshi Tanuma, Shomei Tomatsu, Ken Domon, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara, Hiroshi Hamaya, Tadahiko Hayashi, Eikoh Hosoe

Displayed Works
123 black-and white photographs

Tsuguo Tada(Curator/Editor), Marc Feustel (Special support, specialist in the history of Japanese photography)

This touring exhibition is completed.

  • September 17 - October 14, 2016
    Rajdamnoen Contemporary Art Center (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • July 8 - August 28, 2016
    Chiang Mai University Art Center(Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • May 17 - 30, 2016
    Bentara Budaya, Jakarta(Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • January 26 - March 12, 2016
    Art Gallery Ryoichi Jinnai(Lima, Peru)
  • October 29 - December 6, 2015
    Calderon Guardia Museum (San Jose, Costa Rica )
  • August 11 - September 5, 2015
    Museum for National Identity (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
  • June 12 - July 11, 2015
    West LA College Fine Arts Gallery (Culver City, U.S.A)
  • January 22 - April 26, 2015
    Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, U.K.)

Photo taken by Ken Domon
Ken Domon
Children looking at a picture-card show
Tokyo 1953

Photo taken by Hiroshi Hamaya
Hiroshi Hamaya
Woman planting rice
Toyama 1955

Photo taken by Ihee Kimura
Ihee Kimura
Young woman
Omagari, Akita 1953

Photo taken by Yasuhiro Ishimoto
Yasuhiro Ishimoto
Tokyo 1962
© Kochi Prefecture, Ishimoto Yasuhiro Photo Center

Photo taken by Eikoh Hosoe
Eikoh Hosoe
Barakei(Ordeal by Roses) No.32 1961

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