The first abroad monographic exhibition of Domon Ken's photography is taking place in Rome since May 27th, and will be available until September 18th at Ara Pacis Museum. Died in 1990 at 81 years old, Dolomon Ken is one of the most important photographers in the history of Japanese modern photography and he’s considered the master of Realism.


The exhibition at Ara Pacis Museum in Rome, named “Il maestro del realismo giapponese” (literally “The master of Japanese Realism”), includes 150 works, both in black&white and coloured; realized by the artist between the 20s and the 70s of the last century, these art pieces tell the research path towards social realism. Since its first shots (before and during World War II), which show the vision related to photojournalism and propaganda photography as well as social photography, the exhibition recounts Domon Ken’s production until the key work which records the Hiroshima tragedy, to which the photographer dedicated himself nearly for a humanitarian duty.

This showing is promoted by “Roma Capitale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali”, with the support of “Bunkacho” (Agency for Japanese Cultural Affairs) and the “Japan Foundation”; it’s organized by “MondoMostre Skira” with “Zètema Progetto Cultura”, and curated by Professor Rossella Menegazzo, professor of History of Eastern Asian Arts at “Università degli Studi di Milano”, and by the master Takeshi Fujimori, artistic director at the Ken Domon Museum of Photography. This exposure is realized in collaboration with the Ken Domon Museum of Photography in Sakata and the City of Sakata, with the participation of sponsors Nikon, brand which has always been related to Domon Ken, and Fujifilm, which curated the printing.

Walkable Rome kindly invites the readers of this article to visit the Ara Pacis Museum for this spectacular exhibit.


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