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Sugimoto: Portraits

June 6, 2000 – September 10, 2000

In his new commission created specially for the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Sugimoto has turned to the wax figures he first exploted in his Dioramas series.

Unlike his earlier depictions of dioramic displays found in natural history museums and tableaux of famous persons in wax museums, these images are life-size, black-and-white portraits of historical figures, such as Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Voltaire, which are photographed against dramatically-lit, black backdrops.

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Anne Boleyn, 1999

Gelatin-silver print

149.2 x 119.3 cm

Edition: 1 of 5
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin