Special ExhibitionTAIJI MATSUE gazetteer

Over the years, Taiji Matsue (born in Tokyo in 1963) has traveled all over the world and taken photographs of various areas. Matsue has persistently focused on the surface of the land or earth, including mountains with exposed rocks, woodlands with a thick growth of trees, cities with rows of high-rise buildings, and streets lined with old houses. By omitting horizon lines from his compositions and following a self-imposing rule that he always shoot in direct light to avoid producing shadows, Matsue has constantly pursued a planar quality that is the true essence of photography. In this way, he carefully eliminates contrast, depth, and any distinction between the center and the periphery, to create pictures in which all of the visible elements are treated equally.

Matsue, who has produced monochrome photographs since the 1980s, made his first color photo book in 2005. While incorporating new techniques, which are constantly changing due to technological advances, including new types of photographic equipment and developing methods, Matsue has continually endeavored to create new kinds of photographs. The titles of his works make use of geographical names and city codes. This exhibition, gazetteer (i.e., an index of geographical information), serves as the first retrospective of Matsue’s career. It systematically presents Matsue’s work, a collection of photographs bearing the names of places throughout the world, from his earliest to his most recent efforts.

Exhibition flyer(PDF:613KB)

Date December 8-February 24, 2019
Hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except Dec.24, Jan. 14 and Feb.11) and Dec.25, from Dec.27 to Jan.1, Jan.15 and Feb.12
Admission Adults 1,000 (800) yen, University students 700 (600) yen, High school students and seniors [65 and over] 500 (400) yen
*Figures in parentheses: Advance purchase and groups of 30 or more
*Junior high school students and younger: Free admission
Organized by Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chugoku Shimbun
Special sponsor Frameman Inc.
Sponsored by COLOR SCIENCE LABO CO., LTD., Nikon Imaging Japan Inc.
In cooperation with TARO NASU
Under the auspices of Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Municipal Board of Education, Hiroshima FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.,
Onomichi FM Broad Casting Co., Ltd.

TRANSIT 06, 1985
Private collection

WASHINGTON 2000 #79, 2000

PUQ 141133, 2015
Private collection

JP-34 02, 2015
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art