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Artist Hajime Sorayama and the art world of taboos

Over 50 years of his career, artist Hajime Sorayama – who once resonated with the impressive fembot statue in Kim Jones’ Dior Men Pre-fall 2019 – still challenges the limit between the pure beauty of women and sexual norms in society.

Artist Hajime Sorayama identified himself as an illustrator instead of an artist. According to him, illustrating is a process that is “drawn from logical thinking, rather than reflecting ordinary hate feelings”. Sorayama is famous for the art school he calls “surrealism.” Referring to him, the art lovers and even the fans of the science fiction genre often think of fembot illustrations (female robot figures) that have a bit of mixed charm. Very charming fascination of female body curves and sensual lustful inspiration.

At the age of seven, the endless creativity of this artist is still warmly received by fans at art exhibitions around the world and through collaborations with famous fashion brands that Dior Men Pre-fall 2019 is a typical example. In this article, let us look back on the artistic journey of artist Hajime Sorayama.

Touching the painting lane
Artist Hajime Sorayama was born on February 22, 1947 in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Before he realized his passion for illustration, he went through puberty with many different career orientations. He once shared that his predestined relationship with painting only came when one of his high school teachers realized his talent in drawing through Playboy-inspired paintings and suggested it to him.

While studying majoring Greek and English literature at the school at Shikoku Gakuin University, Sorayama published the first illustrated magazine called Pink Journal. However, his ideas and inspiration in this work faced harsh criticism from lecturers and students for being “too sexy” compared to the views of the majority of Japanese at that time.

After that event, he moved to Tokyo’s Chuo Art School completely to pursue painting. He graduated at 21 years old and worked for an advertising agency before becoming a freelance illustrator at the age of 25. At 31, while working with a friend, he produced the first robot illustration inspired by the C-3PO character of the Star Wars series.

Challenge the line between exquisite beauty and vulgarity
Being creative in his own art philosophy, Hajime Sorayama gradually shaped his personal illustration style through a series of fembot works that broke the line between fiction, femininity and sensual satisfaction. In the context of a Japanese society that is still wary of body-exposed images and content, Sorayama has gradually broken that barrier with his determination to pursue the school he described. two words “surreal”.

Notable art exhibition of 2020

If you are an individual who loves art and is interested in artistic life, let us quickly update the list of the most significant art exhibitions around the world in 2020 through the following article.

The remarkable thing for the (contemporary) art movement in recent years is that it has overcome all barriers and become a global cultural phenomenon. They are closer to the general public through a more understandable language, associated with fashion brands, music, visual slideshows as well as with commercial promotion campaigns. Of course, besides new approaches, traditional art exhibitions are still indispensable. If you are an individual who loves art and is interested in artistic life, we will quickly update the latest international exhibition list in 2020.

  1. Furusiyya: The Art of Meditation”
    The Louvre Abu Dhabi houses more than 130 historical items from France, Iraq, Spain and Syria, with a medieval knight theme. Artworks have been selected from a range of museums, including the Musée de Cluny, the French National Museum in Paris. “Furusiyya: The Art of Meditation between East and West” is expected to receive many comments from artists.
  2. Gerhard Richter: Painting After Everything”
    Richter is an interesting artist who is well-known for his incredible valuation works in prestigious world auctions. In 2015, an abstract piece of his art was auctioned for $ 46.3 million at Sothwise in New York. The artist “opened the pen” in 1986, took about 29 years to complete.

His art blurs the line between photography and painting, evoking memories, loss and repression. Now, with 100 works on display at Met Breuer, the exhibition “Painting After Everything” will showcase his skills in the most honest way.

3. “Niki de Saint Phalle”
Saint Phalle was a talented artist born in 1930 and died in 2002. She began working as a professional artist in her 30s after pursuing a modeling career. After the modeling career ended, she emerged with her sculptures. Saint Phalle addresses exotic and unique subjects such as “the flying woman” and “Gaudi-esque architectural monument”. In this exhibition in New York, there will be 100 works continue to prove her vision and artistic tastes.

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris: Heart of Modern French Art

Among the free museums in Paris, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris is a museum that displays both a valuable collection and an ideal location. Because the museum is located on the Seine, visitors can see the Eiffel Tower from the window. This museum has just reopened after a year of restoration.
Located in the 16th district, near the Iéna subway station, City of Paris Museum of Modern Art (Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris) is located in the monumental building Palais de Tokyo. This building was built at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937. Therefore, the French often refer to this museum by the common name “Palais de Tokyo” (Tokyo Palace).

In terms of works of art, this museum has inherited the modern collection of the Petit Palais museum after the city of Paris decided to reorganize its entire museum structure. Since Petit Palais is no longer wide enough to display the collections devoted to Paris by will, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris officially opened in 1961 and operates to this day.

For more than a year of repairs, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris closed part of its galleries and maintained its permanent gallery display with more than 800 works of the twentieth century. In particular, there are paintings, sculpture, installation art, furniture, decorative objects, etc.

At Petit Palais as well as at this museum, the permanent collection is always free. Only themed exhibitions sell admission. This restoration has helped to expand the display area and upgrade the galleries with many new technology applications.

If the free collection is still not enough, pure art lovers can still buy tickets to see more thematic exhibitions. They are open from mid-January to March 2020 exclusively for French-German artist Hans Hartung (1904-1989). This is a big name of the painting village and is considered as one of the people who created the abstraction lyrique.