Hara- From Naked to Clothed

Stopped by the ultra cool Hara Museum of Contemporary Art which was originally built as a private home in 1938. I’m thinking of old Hollywood when I see the architecture with the long stylish driveway lined with tropical palm trees. It wasn’t until 1979 that the home was converted into the museum that we see today. It’s had a bit of a face lift with a major renovation in 2008 but otherwise I imagine it very original.

Interesting sculptures decorate both the inside and outside of the stylish property. It’s a lovely atmosphere and the art decorated house looks ready to live in with the addition of a few select furnishings like a sofa and a fluffy rug. Voilà, I’m ready to move in! Maybe in a different setting though, with lovely summery sunshine and a view overlooking the ocean. Perfect!

The main reason for my visit other than general curiosity of exploring Hara was to see Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition From Naked to Clothed.

Stylized Sculpture 012 [Issey Miyake 1994] 2007, gelatin silver print, 149.2 x 119.4 cm

Sponsored by Dom Pérignon, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s exhibition of photographs aims to explore the history of the human race through the history of clothing. The intense gelatin silver prints show iconic garments from some of the worlds most prestigious fashion designers including Cristobal Balenciaga, Yves Saint-Laurent, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and more.

From left to right: Stylized Sculpture 020 [Rei Kawakubo 1994] 2007, gelatin silver print, 149.2 x 119.4 cm, Stylized Sculpture 064 [Rei Kawakubo 1998] ” “.

“The history of human clothing is as old as the history of the human race itself”. Based on this perspective, this exhibition poses the question: What meaning does being clothed have for humans? Personally, I think that the answer to this question will vary from person to person as clothes can be very individual and intimate while others see no need for them. Perhaps this question will remain an enigma. A must see exhibition regardless! Très chic!

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