Yasumasa Morimura’s Ego Obscura Preview at Japan Society

Picture a day before opening night, a reception full of delightful members and guests, unlimited sake, ito en tea, snacks, and an art exhibit waiting for me to explore.

Japan Society has really out done themselves this season.
Yasumasa Morimura’s Ego Obscura solo exhibition is a must see this Fall
and Winter. Ego Obscura highlights Morimura’s 30-year-long project of
excavating “the self” from layers of art history, Japanese postwar
history, and personal history. What I enjoyed the most was Morimura’s major photographic self-portraits, for which he transformed himself into iconic artistic and pop culture figures from masters of European painting, and pop culture icons from the twentieth century, including Manet’s Olympia, Marilyn Monroe, and General Douglas MacArthur, the Allied commander during postwar occupation of Japan.
In addition, the exhibition featured the U.S. premiere of the artist’s
first full-length video work, Egó Sympósion (2016) and his latest
cinematic installation Egó Obscura (2018).

Certainly you can live vicariously through my pictures, but the movies on display are the best parts of the exhibit. Here’s the full gallery below.

You can learn more about Japan Society and #egoobscura by visiting https://www.japansociety.org/ego-obscura.

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