Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura, Tokyo 2020

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Une moderne Olympia, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. © Yasumasa Morimura
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Mishima, 1970. 2006. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. © Yasumasa Morimura
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Self-Portrait (Actress) / Marilyn at Tokyo University, Komaba, 1995–2008. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. © Yasumasa Morimura

Time Out says

One of the last chances to enjoy an art venue that is among Tokyo’s most pleasant: the Hara Museum, which occupies a distinguished European-style former residence dating back to the 1930s, is set to close at the end of this year. Artist Yasumasa Morimura has, as this show documents, spent the past three decades using photography, film and performance to retrieve his ‘self’ from layers of accumulated national, cultural and personal history. Across work sure to resonate with the Instagram generation, for whom every selfie involves a degree of ‘performance’, Morimura shows himself in the guise of figures as diverse as Marilyn Monroe and infamous author Yukio Mishima: the latter is depicted staging his failed 1970 coup d'état just before committing ritual suicide. 

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