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Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Raoul Ries: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 16 (Azagawa, Kawaguchi), 2015-2016

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Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji

27 Apr – 27 May 2017

Thu 27 Apr 18:00 - 20:00

Galerie Clairefontaine

7 place de la Clairefontaine
1341 Luxembourg

+352-472324


www.galerie-clairefontaine.lu

Tue-Fri 10-18:30, Sat 10-17

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Raoul Ries: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 11 (Gotenba-eki, Gotemba), 2015-2016

RAOUL RIES
"Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji"


Exhibition: 27 April – 27 May, 2017
Vernissage: Thursday, 27 April, 6-8 p.m. in the presence of the artist

These photographs are inspired by the famous set of woodcuts "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" Katsushika Hokusai produced between 1830 and 1832. Despite the wide variety of shown scenes, most of Hokusai’s colour prints share a common structure. In the foreground people are going about their daily business, the middle ground refers to a different time-scale like seasons or things decaying, and finally a glimpse of mount Fuji hints at changes too slow to be perceived during a human life.

Hokusai’s woodcuts are part of a genre called ukiyo-e, which means "images from a floating world", floating both in time and in space. They are clearly composed in different layers, letting Mount Fuji hover above or next to the world of humans. Often civilisation intrudes graphically into Fuji’s sacred space. Trees or posts cut into the mountain’s silhouette, house roofs and other constructions imitate its triangular profile.

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Raoul Ries: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 22 (Akayaki, Kamiide), 2015-2016

Hokusai’s prints share several elements with photographs: they represent fleeting moments, they create a memory of simple events and people’s relationship with time is a major subject in the images. Just as photographs the prints are mechanically reproducible and they were affordable and not considered high-brow art. This series is about time, about moments, seasons, years, lifetimes.

"Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" has been supported by the "Bourse CNA - Soutien à la Création et Diffusion en Photographie" and is being shown in the framework of the "European Month of Photography" in Luxembourg.

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Raoul Ries: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 36 (Asamamachi, Arakura), 2015-2016
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Raoul Ries: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji 35 (Minokuchi, Kamijou), 2015-2016