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Araki in Vienna: Two shows on Japan’s most provocative photo artist

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Nobuyoshi Araki has much more to offer than eroticism and bondage. The world-famous Japanese photo artist is at the centre of two major exhibitions in Vienna that focus on his most private and emotional images. The Museum Albertina Modern and the Fotogalerie Westlicht originally wanted to honour Araki independently with a show last year on his 80th birthday, however because of the pandemic, they are only now opening in May. In a photo in the Albertina from autumn 1989, we see Araki’s self-portrait with a face mask. At that time, this of course had nothing to do with a pandemic, but with the ap…

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