Ohne Titel (Kinbaku), Nobuyoshi Araki
Nobuyoshi Araki
Ohne Titel (Kinbaku)
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Nobuyoshi Araki

Ohne Titel (Kinbaku), 2008


Fotografie
92.5 x 73 cm
Rahmen
103.9 x 84.4 cm
Physical Description
Photograph
Inventory Number
St.F.3968
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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Eroticism, dominance, submission and display of the obvious are situated in close proximity in the photographs of Nobuyoshi Araki. Unashamedly and in some cases disturbingly, they present nudity, corporeality and (male) desire – for which reason they are repeatedly subjected to censorship, not only in his native country of Japan. Yet pornographic images in art have a tradition extending throughout the world: from explicit murals at Pompeii and Renaissance engravings all the way to the Japanese Shunga woodcuts (literally: ‘springtime image’) – erotic prints from the 17th to 19th centuries.

The term ‘Kinbaku’ indicates the tying-up of (predominantly) naked women with ropes – a ritual action which immobilises the body and declares it to be a sexual object. Araki turns to this traditional form of Japanese art and recontextualises it in a completely different system of aesthetic and cultural reference – that of western art history. This shift of context combines an extra-European tradition with Eurocentric exoticism.

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07.06.2024