Visual Arts

William Klein and Daido Moriyama

Grace Piney

Klein and Moriyama were pioneers in graphic design for cutting-edge publications.


WILLIAM KLEIN. Candy Store. New York, 1955.

Tate Modern Britain is the most visited modern art museum in the world. The Museum’s directive is aware that their objective goes beyond conservation and exhibition of artworks.

Currently and until January 20, 2013, Tate Modern is exhibiting the works of two artists in separate galleries, William Klein and Daido Moriyama. Finding the connection between the two is left up to the viewer, who must perceive how Moriyama´s vision of art could have been inspired and oriented through the work of Klein.

Recognized as two of the most relevant photographers and filmmakers of the 20th century, both artists explore urban life in the big city, New York and Tokyo, through photography. With works from the 1950s to the present, the exhibition shows the affinity between their urgent, blurry and grainy visual style, as well as their shared desire to convey street life and political protest, anti-war demonstrations, gay pride marches and the effects of globalization and urban poverty.

1. WILLIAM KLEIN. Piazza di Spagna. Rome 1960. 2. DAIDO MORIYAMA. Another country in New York. 1971.

Klein and Moriyama were pioneers in graphic design for cutting-edge publications: Provoke, a magazine where Moriyama and his contemporaries showed their work; and Vogue, which published Klein´s fashion photographs.

However, the most significant part of this exhibition is not only the display of the collection of artworks selected by Simon Baker, but also the intensive series of lectures and conferences, presentations, workshops and performances that accompany the exhibit, as well as the film program.

DAIDO MORIYAMA. Tokyo. 2011.

William Klein film program

Hollywood, California: A Loser’s Opera
December 1st, 19:00

Zazie dans le Métro
December 2, 16:00

Maydays (Grands Soirs & Petits Matins)
December 8, 15:00

Mr. Freedom
December 8, 19:00

The French
December 9, 16:00

Broadway by Light + Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?
December 14, 19:00

Fashion in France (Mode en France)
December 15, 19:00

Contacts + In and Out of Fashion
December 16, 16:00

The Little Richard Story
January 11, 19:00

Far from Vietnam + Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther
January 12, 19:00

Muhammad Ali, the Greatest
January 13, 16:00

Mr. Freedom
January 18, 19:00

The Model Couple (Le Couple Témoin)
January 19, 19:00

Contacts + In and Out of Fashion
January 20, 12:00

Messiah (Le Messie)
January 20, 16:00

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