Takahiro IWASAKI

  • "Out of Disorder (Frame)"

    2017 / h.80.0 × w.100.0 × d.6.0 cm / Cloths, thread, frame / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Frame)"

    2017 / h.150.0 × w.100.0 × d.6.0 cm / Cloths, thread, frame / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Tectonic Model (Kein Licht)"

    2017 / h.122.0 × dia.100.0 cm / Books, table / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Tectonic Model (Capote, Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Anderson "Hyakunen bunko-Night")"

    2017 / h. 31.3 × w.13.0 × d.1.5 cm / Paperback book / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Exhibition view of "Light is made of Stars"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Exhibition view of "Light is made of Stars"

    2017 / URANO, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • A Large Sea of an Old House of the Peninsula of the Small Sea

    2017 / Salts, plastic tray for sashimi, flotsam, folk handicrafts, furnitures / Exhibition view of "Oku-Noto Triennale Suzu" / Old Japanese House in Morikoshi (Misaki Area), Ishikawa, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • A Large Sea of an Old House of the Peninsula of the Small Sea

    2017 / Salts, plastic tray for sashimi, flotsam, folk handicrafts, furnitures / Exhibition view of "Oku-Noto Triennale Suzu" / Old Japanese House in Morikoshi (Misaki Area), Ishikawa, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • A Large Sea of an Old House of the Peninsula of the Small Sea

    2017 / Salts, plastic tray for sashimi, flotsam, folk handicrafts, furnitures / Exhibition view of "Oku-Noto Triennale Suzu" / Old Japanese House in Morikoshi (Misaki Area), Ishikawa, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Mountains and Sea)"

    2017 / approx. h.400 × w.400 cm (shape and dimensions variable) / Sheets, towels, dust cloth, Chinese ink / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Mountains and Sea)"

    2017 / approx. h.400 × w.400 cm (shape and dimensions variable) / Sheets, towels, dust cloth, Chinese ink / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Reflection Model (Ship of Theseus)"

    2017 / approx. h.400 × w.400 cm (shape and dimensions variable) / Japanese cypress, plywood, wire / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Offshore Model)"

    2017 / h.16.5 × w.250.0 × d.100.0 cm / Plastic sheet, disposable bento box, straw, rubber band, plastic bottle / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest)"

    2017 / h.138.0 × dia.130 cm / Books, table / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Tectonic Model (Flow)"

    2017 / h.10.0 × w.24.0 × d.142.0 cm / Deck brush, dust cloth / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Reflection Model (Lapis Lazuli)"

    2014 / h.300.0 × w.64.0 × d.64.0 cm / Japanese cypress, plywood, wire / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Exhibition view of "57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest"

    2017 / Japan Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Exhibition view of "57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest"

    2017 / Japan Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Exhibition view of "57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia: Turned Upside Down, It's a Forest"

    2017 / Japan Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy / Courtesy of the Japan Foundation / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Reflection Model (Itsukushima)"

    2013 - 2014 / Japanese cypress wood, bass wood, wire / h. 139 × w. 783 × d. 817 cm / Collection of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / Photo by Felton Bequest
  • Tectonic Model (Klaus Ottmann "Yves Klein le philosophe")

    2016 / h. 30.0 × w. 19.0 × d. 15.0 cm / Hardcover book / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Tectonic Model (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s "Le Petit Prince")

    2016 / h. 27.0 × w. 16.0 × d. 13.0 cm / Hardcover book / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Tectonic Model (Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti’s "Teoria e invenzione futurista")

    2016 / h. 24.5 × w. 16.5 × d. 14.0 cm / Hardcover book / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • Out of Disorder (section)

    2016 / h. 50.0 × w. 38.0 × d. 13.0 cm × 2 pieces / Towel, acrylic case
  • Out of Disorder (bush)

    2015 / h. 9.7 × w. 18 × d. 1.4 cm / Toothbrush / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • Out of Disorder (bush)

    2015 / h. 8.0 × w. 16.3 × d. 1.4 cm / Toothbrush / Photo by Fuyumi Murata
  • Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)"

    2015 / Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)"

    2015 / Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)"

    2015 / Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)"

    2015 / Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
  • "Reflection Model (Rashomon Effect)"

    2015 / h.180 × w.185 × d.90 cm / Japanese cypress, plywood, indian ink, wire / Exhibition view of "Nissan Art Award 2015" / BankART Studio NYK, Kanagawa, Japan / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • Out of Disorder (Folding Scenery)

    2015 / h.158.3 × w.536.3 × d.19.7 cm / Acrylic, aluminum, kimonos / Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus" at Asia Society Museum, New York / Photo by Leise Hook
  • Out of Disorder (Folding Scenery)

    2015 / h.158.3 × w.536.3 × d.19.7 cm / Acrylic, aluminum, kimonos / Exhibition view of "Takahiro Iwasaki: In Focus" at Asia Society Museum, New York / Photo by Leise Hook
  • "Out of Disorder (Toa Oil Company's Refinery 1)"

    2014 / h. 11.3 × w. 32.0 × d. 21.5 cm / dust cloth and Indian ink / Collection of Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • "Out of Disorder (Mitsui Wharf gantry crane)"

    2014 / h. 10.0 × w. 40.0 × d. 35.5 cm / dust cloth and Indian ink / Collection of Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • "Out of Disorder (Zeon Corporation)"

    2014 / h. 12.5 × w. 30.0 × d. 22.0 cm / dust cloth and Indian ink / Collection of Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "17th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow"

    2014 / The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan / Photo by Ichiro Mishima
  • "Tectonic Model (Ryunosuke Akutagawa 'Kappa/Fool's Life')"

    2014 / h. 25.7 × w. 12.0 × d. 5.0 cm / paperback book
  • Out of Disorder (neon scape)

    2013 / Dimensions Variable (approx. h. 42 × w. 180 × d. 160 cm) / Cloth, lily yarn
  • Out of Disorder (pink deck brush)

    2013 / h. 122.0 × w. 23.5 × d. 7.5 cm / Deck brush
  • Out of Disorder (section)

    2013 / h. 60.0 × w. 90.0 × d. 15.0 cm / Towel, acrylic case
  • "Out of Disorder (Cony Island)"

    2012 / Beach towels / h. 40 × w. 160 × d. 130 cm (dimensions variable)
  • "Geo Eye (Victoria Peak)"

    2012 / packing tape / φ 11.5 cm
  • "Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss)"

    2010 - 2012 / Japanese cypress, wire / h. 150 × w. 280 × d. 194 cm / Collection of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia / Photo by Keizo Kioku
  • "Out of Disorder (Cosmo World)"

    2011 / hair, dust / dimensions variable / Collection of Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Happiness in Everyday Life"

    2008 / Contemporary Art Center, Mito Art Tower, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Exhibition view of "Differential / Integral Calculus"

    2005 / Sleeper, Edinburgh, Scotland

Takahiro IWASAKI

(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).

Collection

  • 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

News

  • "Water and Land Niigata Art Festival 2018"

    July 14 - October 8, 2018


    <Artist Talk>

    July 14 (Sat), 2018 10:00 - 11:30

    Bandaijima former waterfront, Niigata, Japan

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  • "To Travel with Glasses"

    July 20 - September 2, 2018

    Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan

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    September 15 - November 12, 2018

    Iwami Art Museum, Shimane, Japan

    http://www.grandtoit.jp/exhibition/2207


    November 23, 2018 - January 27, 2019

    Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan

    http://spmoa.shizuoka.shizuoka.jp/exhibition/detail/45

  • Yokohama Museum of Art Collection

    "Making a Collection: For the Future - Recent Acquisitions"

    March 24 - June 24, 2018

    Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan

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  • "Going Away Closer - Japan, Cuba Contemporary Art Exhibition"

    March 9 - April 28, 2018

    Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan

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  • 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.

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  • CHAT Pre-Opening Exhibition

    "(In)tangible Reminiscence"

    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


    <Artists Talk>

    3/31 (Sat), 2018 10:30 - 11:30am

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  • 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

    Booth: S11

    Artists: Takahiro IWASAKI, Toshiyuki KONISHI, Tatzu NISHI, Go WATANABE

    Tokyo International Forum Hall E & Lobby Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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  • 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

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  • His review of solo exhibition held at URANO is featured on January issue of Artforum.

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  • Iwasaki's Bloomberg interview "Brilliant Ideas" is now streaming.

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  • "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

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  • 10 Creators who most shine this year, Pen CREATOR AWARDS 2017 January issue

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  • “The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection”

    December 23, 2017 - February 28, 2018

    Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan


    <Event>

    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

    http://spmoa.shizuoka.shizuoka.jp/program/detail/115

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  • <Public Lecture>

    Kinojo-Juku 10th Lecture

    “About works”

    October 28 (Sun), 2017 15:00 - 18:00

    KinojoJyuku, Okayama, Japan

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  • “Light is made of Stars”

    October 21 - November 25, 2017

    Opening Reception:

    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

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  • 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

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  • "Coming of Age"

    September 9 - November 19, 2017

    Sector 2337, Chicago

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  • 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

    Project room

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  • Talk on the Japan Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale will be held.


    <Artist Talk>

    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

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  • "A Corridor of Art through the Mountains and Seas"

    September 16 - November 12, 2017

    City of Onomichi, Hiroshima, Japan

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  • "CONTEMPORARY ART, NOW! 

    FROM YAYOI KUSAMA TO HIRAKI SAWA"

    September 16 - October 22, 2017

    Onomichi city museum of art, Hiroshima, Japan


    <Special Talk>

    "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

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  • "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

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  • 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

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    "Fujinoyama Biennale"

    October 28 - November 27, 2016

    Fuji city, Fijinomiya city and Shizuoka city, Shizuoka, Japan

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    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

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  • 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

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  • "An Imaginative Playground for the Senses - Takahiro IWASAKI + Tsuyoshi Hisakado"

    July 26 - September 11, 2016

    Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

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  • 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

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