Hiroyuki Masuyama: From London to Venice
Exhibition Dates: June 11 - July 25, 2015
Thursday, July 11
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Japanese artist Hiroyuki Masuyama will show a brand new work from his “Flight” series called “London-Venice” with a 8.1 meters long artwork. Masuyama created a body of work around the idea of airtravel and its temporalities. With several hundred photographs, he composes a single, monumental montage of a journey. Confronting this new piece with his recent lightboxes from the series “Joseph Mallord William Turner”, the show will feature in a wonderful contemporary display, a parallel between Masuyama’s journey nowadays, versus Turner’s 19th century voyage.
Masuyama engages in an exploration of passages across time, space and art history. These photomontages are made after the 19th Century painter J.M.W. Turner (British, 1775-1851), who travelled widely across Europe and documented his journeys in paintings. Returning to the sites that Turner captured over 160 years ago, before the invention of the camera, Masuyama takes several hundred photographs. With these images, he composes reproductions of the original paintings out of hundreds of images, building the painterly atmosphere with the means of photography. The finished photomontage is mounted as a lightbox, illuminating his composite image from within.
The artist created a number of lightboxes of Luxembourg, by photographing the same views that William Turner painted. These brand new works will be exhibited to the public for the first time ever.
Read the press release and learn more about the exhibition at Galerie Clairefontaine.