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Sei naru sekai 聖なる世界 (Sacre Atavism)

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  • Title (object)

    • Sei naru sekai 聖なる世界 (Sacre Atavism)
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. One of a limited edition of 1000 copies.

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  • Date

    • 1971
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Kawada Kikuji established himself as a main force of post-war avant-garde photography with the publication of his rare 'Map' (1965). The work became renowned for its brooding darkness - something that is carried over into the present publication. Under six evocative chapter headings the work deals with various gardens (Bomarzo, Tiger Balm Garden, Linderhof and Boboli garden), baroque castles (Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee), wax figures, various French Romanesque and Gothic churches mixed with street scenes from Berlin, Los Angeles, New Delhi, and New York. "The Sacré Atavism depicts a grotesque lineage, a jumble of images of the sacred and profane from the late middle ages to contemporary times. The main characters on this stage are giants, madmen, dreamers, imaginary animals, witches, puppets... The subtitle 'Sacré Atavism' is a phrase Kawada himself coined from French and English to mean 'a sacred reappearance of characteristics that had been absent for several generations'... It is Kawada's own innate sorcery that implicates the sacred in vulgar magic and turns images of heaven into images of hell." (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography: Theatrum Mundi. 2003, p. 59-61). Only one copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.84 (Photobook number)

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