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REVIEWS
MORIMURA
OF
ER
-
16
DEC
I
TOKYO
Yasumasa
Morimura's
new
exhibition
Seasons
of
Passion
A
Re
on
the
documentary
photographyof
variousdreadfulincider
coup
d'6tat
in
1970;
a
seventeen-year-old
right-winger's
stabbJack
Ruby's
shooting
of
Lee
HarveyOswald
in
1963;
the
execul
are
(in)famous
scenes
of
thetwentiethcenturyand
yet
repreSE
For
the
lasttwo
decades
Morimurahas
been
known
dresses
up
as
Marilyn
Monroe
or
Faye
Dunaway,
and
Daught
the
figures
ofWesternmasterpiecepaintings.
Unlikehis
effort:
body
sculpting,
in
hisnew
series
he
attempts
to
become
brutal
of
anger,
death
or
blind
faith.
As
in
his
previous
series,
Morimura
plays
all
the
charact
The
exquisite
silver
gelatinprints
of
three
historical
incidents
ar
1970.17.25
-
2006.4.6
(2006),
a
colour
photograph
and
a
vid
recentmonochrome
prints
are
also
of
Mishima,
based
on
Ei
posed
in
1963.
We
can
easily
see
how
keenMorimura
is
to
g
extreme
nationalist;
a
hairy,
macho,
naive
man.)
On
25
November
1970
Mishima
attempteda
coup
d'6tatat
Ichigaya
Self-Defence
Force
headquarters,
inTokyo.
He
made
a
last
speech
from
the
balcony
before
c
"Be
quiet!
Listen
to me!
Listen
to
what
I
say!"
f,
shouts.
"You
are
artists
[samurai],
aren't
you?
If
you
ai
it
you
are
so
enthralled
with
forms
of
expression
[con!
that
deny
whoyou
are?
Why
do
you
kiss
the
ass
passing
fad
and
fancy
in
Japanese
art
today
[consas
theyundermineyouridentity?"
Mishima's
origina
was
met
with
a
chorusofjeersandcurses,buttheMorimura
echoes
ina
sunny,
empty
public
park.
Th(
ends
with
"Banzail
Banzai!Long
live
art
[yourr
Banzai!"
Transfusing
the
passion
as
well
as
the
morofmen
into
his
own
body,Morimura
tries
to engac
twentieth
century
as
it
is
symbolised
by
men;
the
cE
creationanddemolition
through
modernisation,
denthe
twenty-firstcentury,symbolised
by
women.
Of
cc
has
little
todo
with
the
new
Japanese
prime
ministe
Abe'spromotion
of
patriotism
or
Takashi
Murakami
strategyof
superflat.
Afterelucidating
Japan's
compihate
relationship
with
Westernculture
throughthe
rr
of
thefather/daughter
relationship,
the
new
Seasons
o,
/A
Requiem:
Chapter
1
seems
a
flourishing
of
Mc
ambitious
approach
to
the
issue
of
the
relationship
of
cultures
throughexamination
of
thepast,
the
ambi
gender
andthe
play
of
fiction
andnon-fiction.
Chiaki
Sakaguchi
ter
7
s
0
get
cIOSE
(pressio
ages,
appearir
Sthroes
)nd victim.
n:
Mishima
lorimura's
,
Mishima
A
Requiem;
OrSWALD,
1963.11.
157
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