Yasumasa Morimura  

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Yasumasa Morimura (June 11 1951 - ) is a Japanese appropriation artist. He was born in Osaka and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1978. Since 1985, Yasumasa Morimura has primarily shown his work in international solo exhibitions, although he has been involved in various group exhibitions.

Yasumasa Morimura borrows images from historical artists (ranging from Edouard Manet to Rembrandt to Cindy Sherman), and inserts his own face and body into them. His work engages with issues of gender, and challenges both Western and Japanese notions of good taste.

Among others, Morimura's exhibitions have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1992), the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jouy-en-Josas, France (1993), the Hara Art Museum in Hara, Japan (1994), the Guggenheim Museum (1994), the Yokohama Museum of Art in Yokohama, Japan (1996), and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2006)

In his most recent and most extravagant reproduction, Morimura created a series of hybrid self-portraits modeled after the art of Frida Kahlo.


  • Morimura, Yasumasa, Daughter of art history: photographs by Yasumasa Morimura, New York, Aperture, 2003.
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery, Quotation, re-presenting history : David Buchan, Sorel Cohen, Evergon, Dany Leriche, Al McWilliams, Yasumasa Morimura, Cindy Sherman, Winnipeg, Man., Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1994.

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