8 March - 7 June 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto

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Organized by the Fondazione Fotografia Modena and curated by Filippo Maggia, the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto, will be on view March 8 – June 7, 2015, at the Modena Foro Boario. It will feature a significant selection of works by Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of the most sought after artists in contemporary photography.

Since the mid-1970s, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese, born 1948) has used photography to investigate how history pervades the present. By photographing subjects that reimagine or replicate moments from the distant past and diverse geographical locations, Sugimoto critiques the medium’s presumed capacity to portray history with accuracy. Sugimoto’s meticulously crafted prints are the result of a rigorous working method that includes extensive preparatory research, the use of a large-format view camera, and traditional black and white techniques.

The Modena exhibition brings together works from the most significant photographic series in Sugimoto’s career: from the mysterious horizons depicted by Seascapes (begun in 1980) to the well-known, realized through long exposures, Theaters (begun in 1976), from Dioramas (begun in 1976), shot in natural history museums, to the recent ‘out-of-focus’ works devoted to Modernist architecture. The exhibition also includes pictures of wax figures from the series Portraits (1999) and works inspired by William Henry Fox Talbot’s (1800-1877) early photographic experiments: Photogenic drawings (2007) and Lightning fields (2009). The former have been produced after photographing some of Talbot’s negatives and are large-scale prints coloured with toning agents during the processing to replicate the often-bright hues of the original sheets, while for the latter Sugimoto suspended the use of a camera, relying on 400,000 volts of electricity produced from a Van der Graaf Generator and creating photographs which resemble lightning or primordial life forms.

Foro Boario

via Bono da Nonantola, 2
41121 Modena, Italia


curated by
Filippo Maggia



Saturday 7 March 2015, 6.30 p.m. – invitation required

press preview
Friday 6 March 2015, 11 a.m.

Wednesday-Friday 3-7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
closed on Monday and Tuesday

visitor fee
€ 5,00
free on Wednesday

Monday, April 6       3 – 7 pm
Saturday, April 25  11 am -7 pm
Friday, May 1          3 – 7 pm
Tuesday, June 2      3 – 7 pm

guided tours (reservation needed)
Saturday March 21, 3 pm
Saturday April 11 21, 3 pm
Saturday May 9, 3 pm



Hiroshi Sugimoto
Lightning Fields 225, 2009
Gelatin silver print
courtesy of the artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Photogenic Drawing 017, 2008
Toned gelatin silver print
courtesy of the artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1999
gelatin silver print
courtesy of the artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto
El Capitan, Hollywood, 1993
gelatin silver print
courtesy l’artista

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Bay of Sagami, Atami, 1997
gelatin silver print
courtesy of the artist

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Birds of The Alps, 2012
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist