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Barakei (Killed by Roses)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.65

  • Title (object)

    • Barakei (Killed by Roses)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. No. 1487 of a limited edition of 1500 copies. Signed by Mishima and Hosoe.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1963
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    This book caused a stir when it was first published and it represents a milestone in Japanese photographically illustrated books. The box shows a round amulet shaped object suspended on a chain as well as an egg. Both of these objets appear again throughout the book. In a series of Baroque images and photomontages the book explores themes of birth, death, illusion, sex, entrapment, isolation, liberation... one could easily add another dozen to the list. Mishima's ambivalent role as an avant-garde hippy and a homosexual rock star, a hero and a victim, a sinner and a saint, are superbly acted out. The great writer Mishima was clearly a complex character and when he committed suicide on November 25th, 1970 many would point to this work as a sign of one contradiction too many. A large book with large concepts, superbly designed by Sugiura Kohei. Eight copies in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2007 Jun 13-Oct 7, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2010 Jun-Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from prehistory to the present’

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.65

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.64 (Photobook number)
Illustrated book, photographic plates. One volume. First edition. No. 1487 of a limited edition of 1500 copies. Signed by Mishima and Hosoe.

Illustrated book, photographic plates. One volume. First edition. No. 1487 of a limited edition of 1500 copies. Signed by Mishima and Hosoe.

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