- Museum number
- Object: Yūkon Takakura Ken 憂魂高倉健 (Melancholy Spirit: Takakura Ken)
Photobook. Images of the actor Takakura Ken, first edition, first printing, with original cover sash and protective plastic outer-cover.
- Production date
- 5 June 1971
Height: 25.60 centimetres
Length: 18.50 centimetres
Thickness: 2.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Yokoo Tadanori (b. 1936) is a leading living exponent of ‘pop art’ in Japan, active first as a theatre and graphic designer and poster artist and more recently as a painter. As early as 1972 a solo exhibition of his graphic works was staged at New York MOMA.
This 1971 volume is his very personal tribute to the leading movie actor Takakura Ken (born 1931). It primarily uses official publicity photos taken by Endō Tsutomu, but also includes private snapshots. There are additional photographs by Hosoe Eikoh, Tachigi Yoshihiro, Moriyama Daidō and Ishiguro Kenji.
Although originally printed in 1971, the book was never officially launched. This is one of that first ‘phantom’ edition.
In 2009 the volume was re-published in a facsimile edition with a new outer protective box by Kokusho Kakōkai, Tokyo (TTC)
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 Jun-2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2019 October - 2020 April, BM Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Other BM number: PB.436 (Photobook number)