‘Tatsuo Miyajima’
Tatsuo Miyajima
28 Feb—13 Mar 2021

Tatsuo Miyajima

28 Feb—13 Mar 2021
Buchmann Box
Press release

Tatsuo Miyajima (*1957) is one of Japan‘s most important sculptors and installation artists. In his œuvre, the artist – who became known primarily for his works using digital light diodes (LED) – is concerned with concepts of time, its (non-) calculability and its cultural and existential dimension.

 

One important component of the works is counting and sequences of numbers. These numbers, appearing in continuous and recurrent - although not necessarily consecutive - cycles from 1 to 9, represent the journey of life until death, whose finality is symbolized by ‚0‘ or the zero point. Consequently, this never appears in the artist‘s work.

Rich in associations is the wall piece Counter Object - 000, a huge figure made of colored mirror glass. Periodically a different number is randomly installed by using a special dice. The mirror is highly symbolic. It makes us realize that in the appearance of reality, we only reflect ourselves. We see the laws of nature only through our current scientific models. Miyajima shows us the limitations of this system: there are only 9 digits to capture an infinite, intangible reality. What we see is only a small section of time.

Every number in the two paintings on kimono sode from 1884 represents a moment in the counting cycle from 9 to 1. The empty space in the potentially infinite sequence of numbers represents the figure zero, which does not appear in Miyajima’s work.

The three works attempt to grasp moments in cycles of innumerable counts. They are excerpts from a broader context, from innumerable moments in time and for Tatsuo Miyajima they visualize life.

Important works by the artist can be found in collections including the Tate Gallery London, the Bavarian State Collection of Painting Munich, La Caixa Barcelona, the Deste Foundation in Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Leeum Seoul, Kunstmuseum Bern, and M+ in Hong Kong.

 

Recent solo exhibitions were held at:

2020 Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan
2019 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
         EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
         Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

 

Please feel free to contact the gallery for any further information about the artist or images of the works.

Pressemitteilung

Tatsuo Miyajima (*1957) ist einer der bedeutendsten zeitgenössischen Künstler Japans, der vor allem durch seine Arbeiten mit digitalen Leuchtdioden (LED) bekannt geworden ist. Er beschäftigt sich in seinem Werk mit Konzepten der Zeit, ihrer (Un-) Berechenbarkeit und ihrer kulturellen wie existenziellen Dimension.

 

Wichtiger Bestandteil der Arbeiten sind Zahlen und Zahlenreihen. Diese Zahlen, die in kontinuierlichen und sich wiederholenden - wenn auch nicht unbedingt aufeinanderfolgenden - Zyklen von 1 bis 9 erscheinen, stellen die Reise vom Leben in den Tod dar, deren Endgültigkeit durch ‚0‘ oder den Nullpunkt symbolisiert wird, der folglich nie in seinem Werk erscheint.

 

Reich an Assoziationen ist die neue Wandarbeit Counter Object – 000, eine riesige Ziffer aus farbigem Spiegelglas. Periodisch wird eine neue Ziffer mit einem Würfel nach dem Zufallsprinzip bestimmt und installiert; derzeit die Ziffer 6. Der Spiegel lässt uns erkennen, dass wir in der Erscheinung der Wirklichkeit nur uns selbst spiegeln. Wir sehen die Gesetze der Natur nur durch unsere aktuellen wissenschaftlichen Modelle. Miyajima führt uns die Begrenztheit dieses Systems vor Augen: es gibt nur 9 Ziffern, um eine unendlich große, nicht greifbare Wirklichkeit einzufangen. Was wir erkennen, ist nur ein kleiner zeitlicher Ausschnitt.

 

Jede Zahl in den beiden Malereien auf Kimonostoff aus 1884 repräsentiert einen Moment im Zählzyklus von 9 bis 1. Die Leerstelle in der potentiell unendlichen Zahlenreihe repräsentiert die Zahl Null, die in Miyajima’s Werk nicht erscheint. Die Arbeiten erfassen Augenblicke im Zählzyklus unendlicher Zahlen. Sie sind Ausschnitte aus einem größeren Zusammenhang, aus den unzähligen Momenten in der Zeit, die das Leben vergegenwärtigen.

 

Wichtige Werke des Künstlers sind u.a. vertreten in den Sammlungen der Tate Gallery London, der Bayerischen Staatsgemäldesammlung München, der La Caixa Barcelona, der Deste Foundation Athen, dem Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, im Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, dem Leeum Seoul, dem Kunstmuseum Bern und dem M+ in Hong Kong.

 

Einzelausstellungen haben stattgefunden unter anderem:

 

2020    Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan
2019    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
            EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
            Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
2016    Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

 

Für weitere Informationen über den Künstler oder Abbildungen seiner Werke können Sie gerne jederzeit die Galerie kontaktieren.

Tatsuo Miyajima

Born 1957 in Tokyo. Lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan.

 

2012 - 2016Kyoto University of Art & Design Vice President

2006 - 2016Tohoku University of Art & Design Vice President

 

 

Education
1986 Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (M.A.)
1984 Graduated from Oil Painting Course, Fine Arts Department, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (B.A.)
Grants and Awards
1998 London Institute honorary doctorate
1993 Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris
1990–1991 DAAD Scholarship Berliner Kunstprogramm Berlin,
1990 ACC - Asian Cultural Council, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Buchmann Box, Berlin
2020
Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan
2019
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara (cat.)
EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
Lisson Gallery, New York
Akio Nagasawa Gallery Ginza, Tokyo
Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Buchmann Lugano, Lugano
2018
Buchmann Box, Berlin
2017
SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo
Buchmann Lugano
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
CUPSULE, Tokyo
Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo
2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
2014
Lisson Gallery, Milan
CAPSULE Gallery, Tokyo
2011
Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan
Comme de Garcons Six Gallery, Seoul
2010
BLD Gallery, Tokyo
2003
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
2001
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
1999
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
1998
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA), Overland Park, USA
1997
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
1996
Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
1987
Lunami Gallery, Tokio

Group Exhibitions

2022
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
2020
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Mori Art Museum, Tokio
2019
Somerset House, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
Busan Museum of Art, Busan, Korea
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Lorcan o'Neil Gallery, Rome
2018
National Gallery Singapore
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Chiostro del Bramante, Rome
De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam
SCAI The Bathhouse
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Miraikan National Museum of Emgerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo
William Morris Gallery, London
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano
Gallery Baton, Seoul
2017
Lisson Gallery, London
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Buchmann Galerie
2016
Buchmann Galerie
Met Breuer, New York City
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
OBS Gallery / Tonbridge School, Kent, UK
2015
Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
MUDAM, Luxembourg
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork
Lakefront, Lugano
Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore
Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kraków
2014
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich
Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo
Capsule, Tokyo, Japan
2013
Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima
2012
Kepes Institut, Budapest
2011
54. Biennale di Venezia
2010
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2009
Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok
2008
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
2007
Palazzo delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena
2006
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Beppu Project, Japan
2005
NAF - Nagai Fine Arts, Tokyo
2004
Gwangju Biennale - A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water, Gwangju, KOREA
2003
Planning/ Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Okayama, Japan
2002
The historic Clock Tower "Zytglogge, Bern
2001
Gwangju City Art Museum, Gwangju / Korea
2000
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
1999
Museum Ludwig Köln,
1998
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura / Contemporary Art Gallery of Art Tower Mito, Mito
1997
Kyoto City Musem, Japan
1996
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
1995
Ganders Never Laid a Golden Egg, , Rochdale Canal, Manchester
1994
MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
1993
Propose to the Urban Enviroment: Impractical 2, City of Oita, sake store house, Hoashi family, Oita
1992
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
1991
Tate Gallery Liverpool / Whitechapel Art Gallery, London / Malmö Konsthall, Schweden
1990
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1989
Again and Against: 24 Prominent Works of Japanese Contemporary Art 1966-1989, , Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nagoya
1988
, Convention Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles
1986
G-Art Gallery, Tokyo
1985
Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center, Japan
1984
Gallery K, Tokyo
1983
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Exhibition Space, Tokyo / Kyoto City University of Arts Exhibition Space, Kyoto
1982
Plan B, Tokyo, September - December, performance
1981
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Exhibition Space, Tokyo
1980
Subnard AC Hall, Tokyo
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano, Agra/Lugano
Miraikan National Museum of Emgerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo
Selected Collections

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan

Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Panasonic Museum in Osaka, Japan

FARET Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

TV Asahi building, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan

Chiba City Museum, Chiba, Japan

Group Home Sala in Florence Village, Akita, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

Saitama Prefectural University, Saitama, Japan

Izumi City Plaza, Osaka, Japan

Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa, Japan

Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

 

M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Samsung Cultural Foundation, Seoul, Korea

Leeum, Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea

Chinese Telecom, Taipei, China

 

Tate Gallery, London, UK

The British Museum, London, UK

Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland

Université de Genève, Switzerland

La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany

Fondazione TESECO per l'Arte, Pisa, Italy

Chateau La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France  

 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.A.

Dallas Museum of Art, U.S.A.

Denver Art Museum, Denver, U.S.A.

Dannheisser Foundation, New York, U.S.A.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia

Other Projects
2005 ARTISTS SUMMIT, KYOTO, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan
2002 Collaboration with SOPHNET (fashion design brand) 2002 A/W Collection Tokyo
1000 Real Life Project - Death Clock, Tokyo
2000 Floating Time - Hospice Project, Sotoasahikawa Hospital, Akita
1998 Portfolio for The Edge of Awareness
1995 Portfolio for 4. Uluslararasi Istanbul Bienali-ORIENT / ATION
1994 Mirror, multiple, Spiral, Tokyo
1993 Over Economy, acrylic, pencil on bank note \10,000
1992 Project for PARKETT
1984 Time Funeral, record jacket, SMS Records