Barakei 薔薇刑 (Killed by Roses)
- Barakei 薔薇刑 (Killed by Roses)
Photobook. One volume. First edition. No. 1487 of a limited edition of 1500 copies. Signed by Mishima and Hosoe.
- Made in: Tokyo-to
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)
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’
- PB.64 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF16184
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