Nobuyoshi Araki’s photographs must be existed in the essence of women’s sexuality itself. They are expressed in rather simple and impulsive way as if he wants to shoot women intuitively. Araki would like to emphasize to capture fresh nudity and a rapt expression of women through sexual intercourse in opposition to the notion of beauty. The reason why I collect some of Araki’s photographs is that they belong to a different category from the example of my long time dealing with Helmut Newton’s photographs enthusiastically which explore decadence of female beauty and of Guido Argentini’s delineating superficial beauty of women’s nudity with his camera. As a matter of course there is my personal preference of women involved with my collecting particular photographs by Araki.

Born in Tokyo in 1940
Graduated from Chiba University’s Department of Photography, Printing and Engineering with a focus on the study of film and photography in 1963

Lives in Tokyo

Selected Solo Exhibitions
1992 Graz, Forum Stadtpark, “Akt-Tokyo: Nobuyoshi Araki 1971-1991″
1995 Paris, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, “Journal intime” 
1997 Vienna, Wiener Secession, “Tokyo Comedy” 
1999 Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, “ARAKI Nobuyoshi Sentimental Photography, Sentimental Life”
2000 Gent, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, “Nobuyoshi Araki”
2001 Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, “Tokyo Still Life”
2003 Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, “Hana- Jinsei”
2005 London, The Barbican Art Gallery, “NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: Self, Life, Death”
2012 Shizuoka , IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, “Nobuyoshi Araki Photobook Exhibition: Arākī”
2014 Toyota-shi, Aichi, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art , “Ōjō Shashū: Photography for the Afterlife – Faces, Skyscapes, Roads” 
2016 Paris, Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet, “Araki”
2017 “Photographoary: Photo-Mad Old Man A Turning 77 on 5.25.17”, Taka Ishii Gallery
2017 “Sentimental Journey 1971-2017-”, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2018 “Love-Dream, Love-Nothing”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
2018 “Impossible Love – Vintage Phoroagphs”, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2019 “Umegaoka Elegy”, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo,
2019 “Gekko Shashin”, art space AM, Tokyo
1964 First Taiyo Prize
1990 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Society of Japan
1991 7th Higashikawa Prize
1994 Japan Inter-Design Forum Grand Prix
2008 Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Arts
2012 The 54th Mainichi Art Award, Special Award
2012 6th ANGO Awards
Public Collections
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj , Denmark
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France
Centre Pompidou / Musee national d’art modern, Paris, France
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Deutsche Borse, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Fotomuseum Wintherthur, Switzerland
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka, Japan
Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
M+, Hong Kong
Maison Europeenne de la photographie, Paris, France
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Museo Civico d’Arte di Modena, Italy
Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Krakow, Poland
Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Peter Norton Collection (Tate UK), UK
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, USA
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
Sammlung Hoffman, Berlin, Germany
Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tate, London, UK
Telenor Foundaiton, Norway
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (former Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography)
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan



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