YAMAGUCHI, AKIRA

Yamaguchi Akira
N a m e : YAMAGUCHI, AKIRA

Born & Lives

1969 Born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Kiryu City, Gunma, Japan
Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

Education

1996 MA in Oil Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1994 BA in Oil Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 Muromachi Resonance, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Matsuyama Shift, The Museum of Art, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Dogo Art: City Strollers in Dogo Onsen, Dogo Onsen and the neighbouring areas, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Umakagami, Equine Museum of Japan, Kanagawa, Japan
2015 YAMAGUCHI Akira: Kisha to Katana (Steam Train and Sword), Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan
YAMAGUCHI Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2013 YAMAGUCHI AKIRA: An Almost Complete Career Overview - From Early Childhood Drawings to Recent Work, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Japan
Yamaguchi Akira, Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Yamaguchi Akira, Sogo Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I am Yamaguchi Akira., Museum “Eki” Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
TOKIORE(I)MIX, Maison Hermes 8F Le Forum, Tokyo, Japan
2011 SINGA-PLANET, Japan Creative Center, Singapore
City Strollers, Fukuoka Mitsukoshi Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
2010 Tokyo Strollers, Ginza Mitsukoshi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Inochimaru, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 Now, Oyamazaki… YAMAGUCHI Akira, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum, Kyoto, Japan
2007 This Time, It’s Musha-e!, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Art de Sauro: Aida Makoto / Yamaguchi Akira, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Lagrange Point, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Lagrange Point, Chukyo University Art Gallery C · Square, Aichi, Japan
Kitano House × YAMAGUCHI Akira, Senba Architecture Festival, Osaka, Japan
2005 The Exhibition of YAMAGUCHI Akira, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Review, Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Shall we buy?, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
an illustration, A Chrysanthemum Lighthouse, NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Akira Yamaguchi Exhibition, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 Records of Japanese-Sino War & Japanese-Russo War, NADiff, Tokyo, Japan
2001 The joy of painting, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1999 Shakkei, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998 The Tea-ceremony Room with Chair, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Takahashi Collection: Mindfulness!, Kōchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kōchi, Japan
Takahashi Collection, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
The Railway Art Museum, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
The Collection of the Takamatsu Art Museum - A Concise Guide to Life with Japanese Contemporary Art, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan
「Impacts! 勢み」, Gallery Ohrin, Ibaraki, Japan
2015 Fujisan: Faith and Arts, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
Hiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing, Part II, A Bird’s-eye View of the World, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Excellent Techniques of Carving and Printing: 250th Birth Anniversary of Multi-Colored Print, Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
A Bird’s Eye View of the World, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga, Japan
Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Ohara Museum of Art – Journeys to Masterpieces, Shizuoka City Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Art of Laughter, Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Japan
2014 Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Masterpieces from the Ohara Museum of Art, Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, Japan
Hiroshige’s “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" and Contemporary Artists, Musée Bernard Buffet, Shizuoka, Japan
15th Anniversary Urawa Art Museum Artist Show: image no yukue, Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Takahashi Collection – Mindfulness!, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, Japan
2013 Takahashi Collection – Mindfulness!, Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, Japan
Painted Capitals, Cityscapes of Kaifeng, Hangzhou, Kyoto and Edo, Okura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Ukiyo-e POP – Pop Culture from Edo to Today, Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Ohara Contemporary, Ohaya Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
Roppongi Hills and Mori Art Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition, All you need is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Wonderful My Art – Artists of the Takahashi Collection, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
From attractive – Meiji of watercolor Mizue to the present age, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2012 ZIPANGU: The Surge of Japanese Contemporary Art, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, Japan (traveled to: Takasaki Museum of Art, Gunma; Hachinohe City Museum of Art, Aomori; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, Japan)
Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Masterpieces from the Ohara Museum of Art, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan
Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (traveled to Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel and Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, Haifa, Israel)
2011 Kobiken – from the Takahashi Collection, TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Edo Pop: the Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
TARO LOVE, Seibu Shibuya, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
CAFE in Mito 2011 - Relationships in Color, The Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Japan: a tradition of innovation, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, Canada
ZIPANGU - 31 spirited artists cutting through new territories of Japanese contemporary art, Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Tokyo, Japan (traveled to: Takashimaya Osaka, Japan and Takashimaya Kyoto, Japan)
The Origin of 20, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan (traveled to: Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan & 2 other venues)
The Most Requested TOP 30 – 10 Years of Takahashi Collection, TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, Japan Society, New York City, New York, USA
New Tokaido Landscapes: Yamaguchi Akira and Takezaki Kazuyuki, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
2010 TDW-ART Jalapagos, Meiji Jingu Gaien Environmental Design Tent, Tokyo, Japan (traveled to: Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan 2011)
Narrative Paintings, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
ROBOT and ARTS: Visual Images in the 20th Century Japan, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan (traveled to: Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan)
17th Sydney Biennale, The Beauty of Distance: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, Sydney, Australia
AIDA Makoto + TENMYOUYA Hisashi + YAMAGUCHI Akira, Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
BASARA, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata, Japan
Great works of the Ohara Museum - In pursuit of the precious paintings, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan
WAR & ART, Terror and Simulacrum of Beauty, Galerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan
November Steps – Susan Philipsz & Gallery Artists, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 JAPAN CAR, Cite des sciences et de L’industrie, Paris, France (traveled to: Science Museum, London, UK)
neoteny japan - From Takahashi Collection, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, Japan (traveled to: Museum of Contemporary Art, Hokkaido, Japan; Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido, Japan; Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata, Japan; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita, Japan; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, Japan; The Museum of Art Ehime, Ehime, Japan)
ORDER RECEIVED, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Off the Rails, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China
Another landscape: from Mori Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Takahashi Collection, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Nihonga Metsubou-ron, C · Square, Chukyo University Art Gallery, Aichi, Japan
Heroes in Warrior Paintings, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano, Japan
The Vision of Contemporary Art 2007, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2006 NIPPON vs FINEART - Striving for Identity in the Context of Western Art, Osaka City Museum of Art, Shinsaibashi Temporary Exhibition Space, Osaka, Japan
Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan
Contemporary Forms - Life & Art: “The Forms of Intoxication", Higashihiroshima City Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Kimura Naomichi + Art and Play, Museum of Modern Art Saitama, Saitama, Japan
2005 Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art from Japan, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Looking for Utopia: Beyond the Imagination, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Villa YURINSO Special Open: AIDA Makoto / OZAWA Tsuyoshi / YAMAGUCHI Akira, Ohara Museum of Art, Yurinso, Okayama, Japan
The World of Matchbox Labels, Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Officina Asia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
20th Anniversary Exhibition: The Copy Age – From Duchamp through Warhol to Morimura, Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Shiga, Japan
Mediarena: Contemporary Art from Japan, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Living Together is Easy, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan (traveled to: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia)
MOT Annual 2004: Where do I come from? Where am I going?, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2003 TREASURE for TREASURE: A Treasure Exchange Project with Six Artists, Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002 TANAGOKORO 8, roentgenwerke, Tokyo, Japan
Japan in Blekinge, Olofstrom Art Exhibition Hall, Blekinge, Sweden
New Edition! Japanese Art - Other Inheritors of Japanese Tradition, Yamanashi Prefectual Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
2001 4th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
S(h)itting in the mirror, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000 Five Continents And One City, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico
Department Store of Contemporary Art, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
1999 A Window, Inside and Outside, Gwangju City Art Museum, Gwangju, South Korea
Inoue Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1998 Inoue Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1997 KOTATSU-HA, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
WALKING MUSEUM, Shinjuku Takashimaya Times Square, Tokyo, Japan

Awards

2013 The 12th KOBAYASHI Hideo Award for his book “Hen na Nihon Bijutsushi"
2001 Runner-up Prize, the 4th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art

Museum Collections

Public Collections

Geriatric Hospital Through the Ages, Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
Fusuma Painting Dedication to the Yorinansho-in, Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto, Japan
Five Dragons, ceiling painting, Seian-ji Temple, Gifu, Japan
Subway Diagram, Nishiwaseda Station, Tokyo Metro, Tokyo, Japan
"Narita International Airport: View of Flourishing New South Wing” and “Narita International Airport: Various Curious Scenes of Airplanes”, Narita International Airport, Terminal 1 South Wing 4th Floor, Chiba, Japan
One Hundred Unusual Scenes of Osaka Trams, Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau, Osaka, Japan
Staircase of Amusements, Shizuoka Cancer Centre, Shizuoka, Japan
Genetics in Comics, Science Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Shiga, Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan
Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Equine Museum of Japan, Kanagawa, Japan
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

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