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Toshio Saeki. Hana Yasha

45 min visit

Galerie Da-End
13 Feb → 27 Mar 2021
From Tue to Thur from 2 pm to 7 pm. Fri & Sat from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sun & Mon.

« Discover the disturbing but fascinating images of the great Toshio Saeki through an original exhibition! »

He left us two years ago and his drawings are still appreciated. Toshio Saeki is a great drawer of the Japanese underground who marked a whole generation and the collective conscience of his country. The Da-End gallery presents a set of unpublished serigraphs from the 1970s in which eroticism and grotesque elements unite. Toshio Saeki is known for this incongruous mix between traditional Japanese erotic drawing (the shunga) and Japanese folk creatures (the yōkai). Toshio Saeki single-handedly revolutionised the ero-guro genre, a literary and artistic movement of the 1930s. His drawings combine love, humour and seduction. They are bewitching by their finesse and richness of lines and colours, but also by a certain softness that remains despite the coarseness of some of them. As for the title of the exhibition, it is an expression chosen by the artist himself to designate these impressions. "Hana" is translated as "flower"; Yasha can be associated with a demonic spirit or a guardian of wealth. Its meaning varies according to beliefs and regions. Without ever falling into vulgarity, these drawings will transport you into a Japanese folklore imagination!


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