1997.4.25 - 6.28
Gallery Naruyama is proud to present Pierre Molinier as the first full-scale exhibition to be held at Gallery Naruyama.
The exhibition will be composed of roughly 50 works, from famous montage photographs to rare esquisses and sculpture works. The rare earlier works retain influences of impressionism, reminding us of Molinier’s close ties and relations with the movement. Until his death by suicide, he had been labeled as a vivid pervert and an addict to eroticism. But as he gained much reconsideration and attention in Europe during the 1980s, Molinier’s work proved to exceed such misinterpretations. Frequent references to sadism, homosexuality and cross dressing tie together with his unique sense of eroticism, displaying desires beyond the realm of fantasies. His practice of sex through sexual manipulation was way ahead of its time. Apparently, the viewer had to wait for artists such as Yasumasa Morimura and Cindy Sherman to fully grasp and begin to understand Molinier’s attempts. Molinier must have truly and painstakingly felt the “loneliness of a pioneer”.