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Chizu - The Map - Mapa - Carta - Carte - Landkarte - Kapta

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  • Title (object)

    • Chizu - The Map - Mapa - Carta - Carte - Landkarte - Kapta
  • Description

    Photobook. One volume. First edition. One of a limited edition of ca. 800 copies. 190 photographic illustrations, incl. 23 double folding reproductions. Together with a separate folding sheet containing poem by Oe Kenzaburo (in Japanese and English).

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  • Date

    • 1965
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 22.9 centimetres (covers)
    • Width: 15.2 centimetres (covers)
  • Curator's comments

    A seminal publication of the 60s. Iconic images of the A-bomb dome in Hiroshima, graffiti, keloid injuries, portraits of young so-called Special Force soldiers, trained to commit suicide, notes they left behind, bunkers and gun-positions, half-buried Coca Cola bottles, and of course the famous image of the Japanese flag, all crumpled up and lying in the dirt. All of the images radiate a sense of violent decay and clearly anticipate the aggressive 'agitation' of '68 movement. They were first shown in a solo exhibition at the Fuji Photo Salon in 1961, shortly after the VIVO group, of which Kawada was a member, disbanded. “We have neither courage, nor ambition, nor conduct, and we are floating through life without beautiful memories... Answer me! Where is our Map nowadays? Where is our vision, our brilliant method?” (text on the slipcase). The table of content is on the inside of the dust-wrapper. The design by Sugiura Kohei (who had previously worked on Hosoe’s ‘Bara kei’) and Ishio Toshiro is remarkably polished. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography the 'Map' was printed in a limited edition of 800 copies (Kikuji Kawada - Theatrum Mundi, 2003, p. 181ff.). Very rare. No copy in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2007 Oct 10-2008 Feb 17, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2008 Jun-Oct 10, BM Japanese galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2010 Oct- 2011 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Oct-2012 Feb, BM Japanese Galleries, ‘Japan from prehistory to the present’
    2014 Oct- 2015 Apr, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.82 (Photobook number)

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