IN HCMC: Opening: Wed 17 Oct, 9 am
Exhibition: 17 – 29 Oct 2012, 9 am – 6 pm
Ho Chi Minh City Museum
IN HANOI: Opening: Tue 20 Nov, 6 pm
Exhibition: 21 – 29 Nov 2012, 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Ngo Quyen Exhibition Hall
IN DANANG: Opening: Thu 13 Dec, 5 pm
Exhibition: 14 – 22 Dec 2012, 9 am – 6 pm
Danang Heritage Management Center
From Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam:
The Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam, in cooperation with Consulate-General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, proudly present a photography exhibition “Metamorphosis of Japan After the War: 1945-1964” from 17 October – 22 December in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang.
This South-East andSouth Asia’s premier exhibition showcases 123 black-and white photographs by 11 renowned photographers 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 World War II.
In 1945,Japanmade a new start as a defeated and devastated country after the WWII. However, after only 20 or so years, the nation’s society, economy, and culture underwent dramatic transformations. For the purposes of this exhibition, we define the “postwar” era as the period from the end of the war in 1945 to the year of the Tokyo Olympics, 1964, by which point the Shinkansen bullet trains were running, and a plan to double national income had raised standards of living, bringing consumer appliances such as TVs, washing machines, and refrigerators to a large number of homes. The 11 photographers introduced here were each active in this period of dramatic upheaval. Their work records the transformation of society, and many of the photographs that they took are significant from an artistic perspective in addition to being important records.
The photographers selected are Ken Domon, perhaps the best-known Japanese photographer of the 20th century for his cool-headed photo-realism, Ihee Kimura, whose approach to realism was distinguished from Domon’s by its unique aesthetics, Hiroshi Hamaya, who photographed the climates and environments of mountain and agricultural villages together with the lives of their inhabitants, Tadahiko Hayashi, who produced marvelous portraits, Shigeichi Nagano, Ikko Narahara, Kikuji Kawada, Shomei Tomatsu, and Yasuhiro Ishimoto, who represent a younger generation of photographers, and Eikoh Hosoe and Takeyoshi Tanuma, who were two of the photographers who demonstrated the creativity of photography.
It is our hope that as viewers enjoy their undeniable attractiveness and power, these photographs will also provide a starting point for thinking about the society of postwarJapanthat was their background. This exhibition will travel to three distinguished cities of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City from 17 – 29 October at Ho Chi Minh City Museum (92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1), Hanoi from 20 – 29 November at Ngo Quyen Exhibition Hall (16 Ngo Quyen) and Danang from 13 – 22 December at Danang Heritage Management Center (78 Le Duan).
Free of admission.
For inquiries on the exhibition, please contact at:
Ms. Nha (Ext. 115) / Mr. Yoshioka (0123-384-4138)
TheJapanFoundationCenterfor Cultural Exchange inVietnam
27 Quang Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
See some selected artworks below:
|Ngo Quyen Exhibition Hall 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi Opening hours: 08:30 – 17:30, no closed days|
|Ho Chi Minh City Museum 92 Le Thanh Ton, District 1, HCMC Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00, no closed days|
|Danang Heritage Management Center 78 Le Duan, Danang Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00, no closed days|