Nobuyoshi Araki: Infamous, Controversial, Beautiful

2 May - 8 Jun 2013
  •  Nobuyoshi Araki at Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London

    Nobuyoshi Araki at Michael Hoppen Contemporary, London

    Opening Ceremony May 13, 2013

    This year, Michael Hoppen Contemporary in London will showcase two major exhibitions as part of its exploration into Japanese photography, beginning with Kinbaku by Nobuyoshi Araki. The series takes its name from the sexual practice of bondage, Kinbaku­bi, which literally means the beauty of tight binding

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  • Power Play

    Power Play

    Dazed Digital May 2, 2013

    Rope may be a humble device, but it is the erotic power that photographer Nobuyoshi Araki employs when tying together his female subjects that really ignites his highly sexual work. Kinbaku-bi translates to ‘the beauty of tight binding’, a concept the photographer uses in his controversial Kinbaku series.

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  • Nobuyoshi Araki

    Nobuyoshi Araki

    Wall Street International magazine May 2, 2013

    Michael Hoppen Contemporary is delighted to announce a new show of work by the Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki.


    In continuing our exploration and presentation of important Japanese photography, Michael Hoppen Gallery will this year stage major solo shows of two of its grand masters: Nobuyoshi Araki and later in the year, Miyako Ishiuchi. Each an artist with a unique vision and aesthetic, both producing highly charged work in examining the sensitive subjects of that society.


    Araki is the king of provocation. In a very particular - and arguably peculiar - way he has made the subject his own. And here we celebrate those images from his most controversial body of work, Kinbaku, the Japanese art of bondage. Kinbaku-bi meaning literally the beauty of tight binding. And yes, though strong and offensive to some, disturbing to others, the pictures are often beautiful.

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  • Nobuyoshi Araki explores the beauty of Japanese bondage and flower arranging

    Nobuyoshi Araki explores the beauty of Japanese bondage and flower arranging

    JESSICA KLINGELFUSS, Wallpaper* May 2, 2013

    Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki has caused some stirs in his notoriously conservative home country, where more than a few choice words – misogynist, pornographer, pervert, monster - have been used to describe him. Now the most provocative volume of his oeuvre, ‘Kinbaku’, is the focus of a solo exhibition at London's Michael Hoppen Gallery.

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  • Nobuyoshi Araki @ Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Nobuyoshi Araki @ Michael Hoppen Gallery

    Ozarts May 1, 2013

    The Michael Hoppen gallery is about to host an exhibition of the scandalous Nobuyoshi Araki. Indeed, from May 2nd to June 8th, London’s cultural space will present the Nippon photographer’s Kinbaku series (1980-2000). 

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    Lewis Bush, Disphotic May 1, 2013

    Araki’s practice is diverse to say the least, reflecting numerous aspects of Japanese culture and society, from the ordinary to the bizarre. This show falls into the latter category, and consists of some of his most controversial work, a series of photographs of women, many dressed (or undressed) in traditional costume, tied up in Japanese rope bondage. Interspersed amongst these are variations on this theme, several women untied and some more significant digressions, including polaroids of rather suggestive looking flowers and a close-up of a woman’s face on a highly pixelated television screen.

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