Kikuji Kawada from the series 'Los Caprichos, Near Far' Image Credit: Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

As the curtains draw to a close on the exhibition "The Map / Visions of the Invisible," hosted at the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, it's time to reflect on the profound impact of Kikuji Kawada's visionary work. Supported by SIGMA and curated by Sayaka Takahashi from PGI, this exhibition has been a journey through time, space, and the depths of human perception, all masterfully captured through Kawada's lens.

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The exhibition has been a haven for art enthusiasts and seekers of the extraordinary alike. Visitors have immersed themselves in the enigmatic world of Kawada's photographs, delving into realms where the visible and invisible intertwine.

At the heart of the exhibition stands "The Map," a seminal photobook released by Kawada in 1965. This groundbreaking work is not merely a collection of photographs but an exploration of postwar political metaphor and human experience. Through Kawada's lens, landscapes become imbued with layers of meaning, inviting viewers to unravel the complexities of history and memory.

Kikuji Kawada Helio-spot and a Helicopter, Tokyo, 1990 from the series 'The Last Cosmology'

Born in Ibaraki, Japan, in 1933, Kawada is a luminary in the world of photography. His journey from joining Shinchosha in 1955 to co-founding the VIVO collective in 1959 alongside luminaries such as Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu, speaks volumes about his influence on the medium. Describing his work as "an expression of a specific scene in time and my relationship to it, framed accordingly," Kawada's photographs transcend documentation, becoming windows into the soul of the human experience.

Throughout the exhibition, Kawada's ability to capture the essence of a moment, to distill the intangible into tangible form, has been nothing short of mesmerizing. Each photograph is a testament to his keen intellect and dedication to his craft.

Kikuji Kawada from the series 'Shadow in the Shadow' Image Credit: Kikuji Kawada, Courtesy PGI

Accompanying Kawada's photographs is the meticulous scenography by Osamu Ouchi from nano/nano graphics. The immersive environments created by Ouchi serve as the perfect backdrop for Kawada's evocative imagery, enhancing the overall sensory experience for visitors.

In an age where social media dominates, Kawada continues to challenge conventions, sharing his photographic musings on platforms like Instagram. His ability to adapt to changing times while staying true to his artistic vision is a testament to his enduring legacy.