Y A S U M A S A   M O R I M U R A

Yasumasa Morimura (b. 1951) was born in Osaka, Japan, where he continues to live and work.  In 1978 he graduated from the Kyoto City University of Art. By the mid-1980s he had gained recognition for his radical self-portraits, of which he serves not only as the subject, but also as director, producer, and designer. In his work he presents himself as famous actors or incorporates himself into elaborate sets that reconstruct masterpieces of the Western art canon.

In the 1990s he began exhibiting the series Daughter of Art History, in which he assumes the role of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa for example, and appears as the starring figure in famous artworks by Manet, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo among numerous others. By presenting himself as these alter egos, Morimura has broken through boundaries between Eastern and Western; male and female; and traditional and modern stereotypical imagery. He creates new hybrids that seek to inspire a new point of view.  Yasumasa Morimura has exhibited his work worldwide and is included in esteemed private and public collections.

Blue Dress at Three in the Afternoon, 1989

Blue Dress at Three in the Afternoon, 1989