Araki - Suite of Love
"Suite of Love" is the new exhibition project dedicated to the great Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, the first made in southern Italy. The exhibition, curated by Filippo Maggia, promoted and produced by the OELLE Mediterraneo Antico Foundation, is set up at the Four Points by Sheraton Catania. The exhibition presents itself as a unique opportunity to get closer to the "Araki universe" and grasp some fundamental features in a truly unprecedented context: a "Chamber of Love". "Suite of Love" is in fact a real hotel room, a suite with 1,000 Polaroids made up to the early 2000s, 27 unpublished photographs selected from his production of the Eighties and Nineties, the entire 1996 series entitled "Suicide in Karuizawa”, a selection of 19 “ Flowers” floral compositions from the early Nineties, and 12 large-format works from the very recent ongoing “Araki Paradise” series. The exhibition continues on the first floor of the hotel, in the fOn Art Gallery of the OELLE Ancient Mediterranean Foundation.
In Araki's "Suite of Love" he immersed himself in the obsessive investigation of one of the most famous and celebrated photographers in the world, who went from private to public. Araki's images follow one another seamlessly to celebrate the female universe, its beauty and uniqueness: in the portrait, whether it is a face, a bust, a full figure, a nude or a bondage set up, a story as if it were a photo novel, or one of his inspiring muses, or Yoko, his wife who passed away in 1990.
The use of the exhibition spaces will be conditioned by the color of the Sicily region according to DPCM
Nobuyoshi Araki was born on May 25, 1940 in Tokyo. Graduated in photography and cinema from the Departement of Engineering of Chiba University, he worked for a decade, until 1972, at the Dentsu Advertising Agency, creating his first solo exhibition in 1965 in the Shinijuku Station Building and winning two important photographic competitions. In 1971 he married Yoko Aoki, a central figure in his private life and in his artistic career. He has recorded, in over 60 years of tireless activity, the life of the Japanese capital, the streets of Ginza, the subway with its endless lines and sleepy passengers, the karaoke bars with customers who flock to it after the office, the clubs privé of the eighties and nineties, the skies of the city, the modern buildings and the cultured life on the street, a real diary of an immense metropolis narrated day after day in the “Tokyo Diary” and in other of the over 500 books published. In 1990, the year of his partner's death, Araki published the Sentimental Journey / Winter Journey series, about his personal relationship with her. Since then there have been countless publications and exhibitions in international galleries and museums including: Santa Maria della Scala, Siena (2019); C / O Berlin, Berlin (2018); the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, Paris (2016); Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam (2014); Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg (2010); The Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2003); Pecci Museum, Prato (2002); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent (2000); Wiener Secession, Vienna (1997); Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris (1995).
May 17th h6.30pm
from may 18th until July 25th
every day by reservation with guided tour
fOn Art Gallery
Four Points by Sheraton Catania
Via Antonello da Messina, 45
Aci Castello — 95021 Catania, CT