DAHOMEY 1967: PHOTOGRAPHS BY IRVING PENN

August 21 — September 26, 2004

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

The exhibition was centered on previously unpublished images of the “Dahomey Deity Legba,” photographed by Irving Penn in Dahomey, West Africa, (known as Benin since 1990) on assignment for Vogue in 1967, as well as shots of the local people. The venue that Miyake chose for the exhibition was the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum, an institute that strives to highlight the everyday beauty of the world, and a joint event with the museum was the result. In its first ever photo exhibition, the museum lined the approach from the entrance to the exhibition room with displays of the various implements used in West African daily life, thus striking a chord that resonated between the spirit of the Dahomey people and the museum as a place where the beauty in daily life truly lives and breathes.

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