Kikuji Kawada

  • Winter Newsletter 19'

    Highlights and news from our artists and team in Paris and Japan. November 7, 2019

    Our solo exhibition at the gallery in London, Tim Walker: Wonderful Peoplecontinues alongside the artist's major solo exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Wonderful Things. At Paris Photo we are showing an installation of new releases by Tim Walker, alongside works by Japanese post-war masters including Masahisa Fukase, Ishiuchi Miyako, Kikuji Kawada and Shomei Tomatsu, amongst others. We are also working in Japan, sourcing materials for our 2020 exhibition program as well as meeting artists and colleagues.

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    Sainsbury Centre exhibition January 4, 2017

    This exhibition explores the work of some of the most prominent Japanese photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, including Nobuyoshi ArakiEikoh Hosoe and Kikuji Kawada.

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  • Contemporary Japanese Photography Seminar

    DAIWA Anglo-Japanese Foundation May 3, 2016

    The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to announce this event in association with Photo London. Simon Baker, Curator, International Art (Photography), Tate, and Michael Hoppen, Owner and Founder of Michael Hoppen Gallery, will discuss the photographic creativity and innovation emerging from contemporary Japanese photo artists.

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  • MHG Newsletter

    Michael looks ahead to an exciting year for the gallery February 23, 2016

    We have been busy in Japan again and have some wonderful new work to show to you in London this year.
    We are so proud to be able to bring Solitude of Ravens to our gallery. It has been a quest of mine for the past six years to exhibit this body of work.  And now finally it is hanging in our gallery and hope you will make the journey and come to see it.

    We have found that many more museums across Europe and America are also enjoying the fruits of Japanese photographers and our belief is still that it is not only some of the most interesting work to look at and collect, but it is of such quality and so beautifully produced, it still amazes us as to why it has taken so long to be embraced.

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  • Japanese Photography: The Birth of a Market

    Michael Hoppen talks to Blouin Art Info December 16, 2015

    Western collectors’ newfound curiosity about the Provoke artists follows a concerted campaign by a handful of players that demonstrates both how changing tastes alter markets, and how markets can change tastes. 


    [article written by Noelle Bodick]

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  • Kikuji Kawada in conversation with Ryuichi Kaneko

    Aperture Magazine May 28, 2015

    Kawada, now eighty-two, continues to attract a wide international audience. His photographs were featured in the 2014 exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography, curated by Simon Baker, for London’s Tate Modern, and MACK Books has recently released a volume of The Last Cosmology, Kawada’s project on astrological phenomena. This past January, at Aperture’s request, Kawada met with Ryuichi Kaneko, an influential historian and a major collector of Japanese photography books, at Tokyo’s Photo Gallery International. They discussed the arc of Kawada’s six-decade-long engagement with photography for the Summer 2015 “Tokyo” issue of Aperture magazine. The following is an excerpt of their conversation that focuses on Kawada’s early career and the making of The Map...

  • Kikuji Kawada

    The Last Cosmology March 21, 2015

    With much of Europe being plunged into darkness by the moon recently, at least for a few seconds, Kikuji Kawada's stunning project The Last Cosmology has been recieving lots of coverage. Rightly so! 



    "As a rare eclipse descends over Europe, we revisit the work of pioneering photographer Kikuji Kawada, who saw the turmoil of postwar Japan play out in the sun, moon and stars" - Sean O' Hagan




    "A retinal burn in search of answers from the ecliptic and permeating darkness" - Brad Feuerhelm 


    An exciting new edition of this now famous book will be available in April via MACK, make sure to pre-order your copy now.



  • Memories of Akira Sato

    Mieko Wikstrom in conversation with Michael Hoppen February 2, 2015



    Mieko Wikstrom was the model and muse of Akira Sato for many years. Last year saw her visit the gallery and talk through some of her memories from a seismic time in Japanese photography, from the famous Vivo photography group to tales from behind the camera. 

    Below is a extract from that conversation...

    When did you last see him?


    I saw him the morning of his death. There on the last day.

    The studio in the beginning was at Vivo (in Skiggi?) but then you know he was just a young photographer starting - there were six people in Vivo…

    They shared a studio and they were just a group because each individual they didn't make any sense.

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