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Keiichi Tahara: Photosythesis 1978–1980

National Gallery in Prague – Veletržní Palace (Národní galerie v Praze – Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00


17. 3. 2017 – 27. 8. 2017

The National Gallery in Prague is proud to present for the first time in Europe series of large format black-and-white photographs from the series Keiichi Tahara Photosythesis 1978–1980 by the acclaimed Japanese photographer, Keiichi Tahara. 

Exploring the relationship between physical light and the human body, this series is based upon multiple photo sessions which Keiichi Tahara conducted between 1978-1980 with the legendary Japanese actor and dancer Min Tanaka. It was initiated at the exhibition "MA-Space/Time in Japan" which took place in the frame of the Paris Autumn Festival in October, 1978.

While portraying Min Tanaka in “Photosynthesis” Keiichi Tahara experimented with various types of light, ambiences and seasons. The sites included urban and natural environments: from Paris, Rome, and New York, across Iceland and Bordeaux, down to Tokyo, Kujuu-Kurihama and Akikawa-Keikoku. The photographer’s aim was to observe how a dancer's body adapts to outer stimuli, or to rephrase it: a human body reaching into the light with its raw skin and nerve endings.

Accompanying programme:

  • 17. – 23. 3. Min Tanaka: Locus Focus – non-stop performance – 13.00-17.00

Admission fee:

  • full CZK 250
  • reduced CZK 150
  • combined CZK 600 (covers all exhibitions and expositions in Veletržní Palace)


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