(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
"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