(Born in Hiroshima, 1975. Lives and works in Hiroshima, Japan)
Takahiro Iwasaki transforms everyday banal materials such as toothbrushes, towels, bookmarks, and duct tapes into pylons, cranes, and delicate landscapes, which shake our fixed point of view by changing the familiar household items into different image. Towers made of towel threads built on randomly stacked towels remind us the pylons on mountains, and cranes made of bookmarks on books trick us to see the scenery of under constructed buildings. He also has another series, Reflection Model. Those are detailed precise wooden made three-dimensional representation of traditional Japanese architectures, which are unified with the reflection on the surface of the water. The behind story of the idea of fragile sceneries came from a fact that his home city of Hiroshima was once destroyed by an atomic bomb, these works evoke an actual fact of the city where he still works was 180 degrees transformed from the center of military operation city into City of Peace after reconstruction. His works could be also interpreted as his self-consciousness of "time" that one moment with huge impact could change the world. In 2017, Iwasaki was selected as a representative artist and held a solo exhibition, "Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest", Japan Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017); His other recent solo exhibitions are, "Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)", Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan (2015); "Takahiro IWASAKI Many a Muckle Makes a Mickle", Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama, Japan and "In Focus", Aron Gallery, Asia Society, New York (2015).
- Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
- Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
- Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong
- M WOODS Collection, Beijing, China
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
- Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
- Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland
- Takahashi Collection, Japan
- Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan
- Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Yokohama Museum of Art Collection
"Making a Collection: For the Future - Recent Acquisitions"
March 24 - June 24, 2018
Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
"To Travel with Glasses"
July 20 - September 2, 2018
Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
"Going Away Closer - Japan, Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition"
March 9 - April 28, 2018
Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
He awarded the New Artist Award from arts category of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology due to his accomplishment of solo exhibition held at the Japan Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale.
CHAT Pre-Opening Exhibition
March 24 - April 22, 2018
The Annex (2F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Rd C, Central, Hong Kong)
＜Special Cocktail Reception＞
3/28 (Wed), 2018 6:30 - 8:30pm
3/31 (Sat), 2018 10:30 - 11:30am
Japan, Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition
"Going Away Closer"
March 9 - April 28, 2018
Centro de arte comtemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Habana, Cuba
"ART FAIR TOKYO 2018"
March 9 - 11, 2018
Artists: Takahiro IWASAKI, Toshiyuki KONISHI, Tatzu NISHI, Go WATANABE
Tokyo International Forum Hall E & Lobby Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Water and Land Niigata Art Festival 2018"
July 14 - October 8, 2018
Niigata city area, Niigata, Japan
20th DOMANI・The Art of Tomorrow
＜Opening special talk＞
"10 Years from Abroad Research Program to Venice Biennale 2017"
Takahiro Iwasaki (Artist, participated in program in Edinburgh 2007)
Meruro Washida (Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
January 13 (Sat), 2018 14:00 -
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
His review of solo exhibition held at URANO is featured on January issue of Artforum.
Iwasaki's Bloomberg interview "Brilliant Ideas" is now streaming.
"Pen CREATOR AWARDS 2017 Exhibition"
December 1 - 3, 2017 10:00 - 22:00 ※Closing at 18:30 on December 1st due to award ceremony.
Ginza Tsutaya Books, EVENT SPACE, GINZA SIX 6F, Tokyo Japan
10 Creators who most shine this year, Pen CREATOR AWARDS 2017 January issue
“The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection”
December 23, 2017 - February 28, 2018
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Practice workshop by "The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection" exhibitors.
"It's X'mas! Trial session of Parplume University"
Lecturer: Yoichi Umetsu
December 23 (Sat) - 24 (Sun) 10:00 - 16:00
Practice room, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Kinojo-Juku 10th Lecture
October 28 (Sun), 2017 15:00 - 18:00
KinojoJyuku, Okayama, Japan
“Light is made of Stars”
October 21 - November 25, 2017
October 21 (Sat) 18:00 - 20:00
URANO, Tokyo Japan
Takahiro IWASAKI Talk ＆Party
“Venice Biennale｜and Beyond”
Date: October 22(Sun) , 2017
Sponsored by: Venice Project 2017 + URANO
Catalog of the Japan Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale was published by SKIRA is now on sale.
Takahiro Iwasaki Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest
"Coming of Age"
September 9 - November 19, 2017
Sector 2337, Chicago
Takahiro Iwasaki will have an artist talk at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Iwasaki who grew up and still works in Hiroshima will talk about how he has been facing each location until the Venice Biennale and Oku-Noto Triennale Suzu 2017.
Jichiku 06 Talk Program 〈In a Grove〉
Artist Talk: Takahiro IWASAKI
“From Hiroshima to Venice and Noto"
August 20 (Sun) 15:00 - 16:30
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
Talk on the Japan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale will be held.
Japan Pavilion at The 57th International Art Exhibition -La Biennale di Venezia
Talk: Takahiro IWASAKI, Meruro WASHIDA
July 27 (Thu), 2017 18:30 - 20:00
Hall SAKURA 2F, Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
"A Corridor of Art through the Mountains and Seas"
September 16 - November 12, 2017
City of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan
"CONTEMPORARY ART, NOW!
FROM YAYOI KUSAMA TO HIRAKI SAWA"
September 16 - October 22, 2017
Onomichi city museum of art, Hiroshima, Japan
"Commemorative Exhibition Talk"
Takahiro IWASAKI x Yayoi KOJIMA(Curator)
September 17(Sun), 2017 13:30 -
2F Lobby at Onomichi city museum of art, Hiroshima Japan
"The 57th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition 2017 Report Lecture"
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 18:00 - 19:30
Small lecture hall, Hirosima City University, Hiroshima, Japan
He has been selected as a representative for "the Japan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia 2017" in Italy. He presents energy management principles, maritime border, and earthquakes in current situation of Japan by showing steel towers, gantry cranes, coastal industrial area, marine oil rigs, and Itsukushima shrine from various views.
Curator: Meruro Washida (21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art)
May 13 - November 26, 2017
Japan Pavilion at "the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia", Venezia, Italy
October 28 - November 27, 2016
Fuji city, Fijinomiya city and Shizuoka city, Shizuoka, Japan
He will be participating in talk session relates to "Wandering Position" by Yukinori Yanagi.
October 23, 2016 (Sun.) 19:30 - 21:30
BankART Studio NYK, Kanagawa, Japan
He has been selected as a representative for the Japan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia 2017.
"Turned upside down, it's a forest"
May 13 - November 26, 2017
Japan Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
"An Imaginative Playground for the Senses - Takahiro IWASAKI + Tsuyoshi Hisakado"
July 26 - September 11, 2016
Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan
He is joining in a group show in Italy.
"PARADOXA - ARTE GIAPPONESE OGGI"
April 17 - August 28, 2016
Casa Cavazzini Contemporary Art Museum, Udine, Italy