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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012

KANSAI

"Ishiuchi Miyako: Silken Dreams"

THE MARUGAME GENICHIRO-INOKUMA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART


By TOMOHIRO OSAKI
Staff writer

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"Heiyo-kasuri-meisen, Kiryu" (2011) © ISHIUCHI MIYAKO

Renowned Japanese photographer Miyako Ishiuchi became particularly well known in 2005, when she photographed the belongings of her deceased mother in a series titled "Mother's."

After the phenomenal success of "Mother's," she worked on "Hiroshima" — photos of personal effects belonging to those killed by the atomic bomb. With silk dresses being among these objects, Ishiuchi also developed a fascination with the versatility of silk fabrics.

A native of Kiryu city, Gunma Prefecture, one of Japan's major textile areas, Ishiuchi's found many ways to express her newfound passion. This exhibition showcases 46 of her latest silk-themed images, including some from the "Hiroshima" series; till Jan. 6.

The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art; (0877) 24-7755; 80-1 Hamamachi, Marugame, Kagawa; Marugame Station, JR Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥ 950. Closed from Dec. 25-31. www.mimoca.org.

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