Exhibitions

Guy Bourdin

The Absurd and The Sublime

Presented by CHANEL NEXUS HALL

Co-organizer: Kyoto Prefecture

Curated by India Dhargalkar

The Museum of Kyoto Annex

© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2022/Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2022/Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

© The Guy Bourdin Estate 2022/Courtesy of Louise Alexander Gallery

Guy Bourdin (1928–1991), grew up in Paris and was inspired by its art scene. Although he started off as a painter, he began to experiment with photography having been influenced by The Surrealists such as Man Ray. His distinctive style of visual storytelling caught the attention of the fashion industry and his first fashion photographs appeared in the February 1955 issue of Vogue Paris. In addition to fashion magazines, he also created ad campaigns for CHANEL and other brands.​ His work has been exhibited in venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume and the Getty Museum. In 2006, Japan’s first ever Bourdin exhibition was held at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum.

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