Tatsuo Miyajima Diamond in You
30 Apr—5 Jun 2010

Tatsuo Miyajima Diamond in You

30 Apr—5 Jun 2010
Buchmann Galerie
Press release

The work of Tatsuo Miyajima (b. 1957) deals with time and space. LEDs that count in a cyclical manner from 1 to 9 or 9 to 1 are at the centre of his varied oeuvre. For Miyajima this constant repetition is a symbol for perpetual life. Excluded from his work is the figure nought, which to the artist signifies standstill or death.  


A new group of works – Diamond in You – was created for this exhibition. Crystalline structures made of reflecting triangles are set with coloured LEDs. The reflections draw the viewer into the art work in a subtle manner. The fan-like image, in which the numbers continuously repeat themselves, symbolize the value of individual life. 


Works of Tatsuo Miyajima are amongst others represented by the collection of Tate Gallery London, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung München, La Caixa Barcelona, Deste Foundation Athen, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Kunstmuseum Bern. 


For additional information on the artist or for visual materials on the exhibition, please do not hesitate to contact the gallery at any time. 


Die Arbeiten von Tatsuo Miyajima (*1957) beschäftigen sich mit Zeit und Raum. Kernstück seines vielgestaltigen Werkes sind LEDs, die zyklisch von 1 bis 9 oder 9 bis 1 zählen. Für Miyajima ist diese stetige Wiederholung ein Sinnbild für fortdauerndes Leben. Dabei wird die Null ausgelassen, die für den Künstler gleichbedeutend ist mit Stillstand oder Tod. 


Für diese Ausstellung entstand die neue Gruppe von Arbeiten Diamond in You. Kristalline Strukturen, aufgebaut aus spiegelnden Dreiecken, sind mit unterschiedlich farbigen LEDs besetzt. Tatsuo Miyajima bezieht den Betrachter auf subtile Weise durch die Spiegelungen in das Kunstwerk ein. Das aufgefächerte Spiegelbild, in dem die Zahlen unaufhörlich fortzählen, versinnbildlicht den Wert jedes einzelnen Lebens.  


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 und dem Kunstmuseum Bern. 


Für weitere Informationen über den Künstler oder Bildmaterial können Sie sich gerne jederzeit mit der Galerie in Verbindung setzen. 

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



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

Buchmann Box, Berlin
Chiba City Museum of Art, Japan
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
Buchmann Box, Berlin
SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo
Buchmann Lugano
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Akio Nagasawa Gallery, Tokyo
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
Mizuho Oshiro Gallery, Kagoshima, Japan
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong
Lisson Gallery, Milan
CAPSULE Gallery, Tokyo
Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan
Comme de Garcons Six Gallery, Seoul
BLD Gallery, Tokyo
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (NMOCA), Overland Park, USA
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
Centre International d'Art Contemporain de Montreal, Montreal, Canada
Lunami Gallery, Tokio

Group Exhibitions

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Mori Art Museum, Tokio
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
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
Lisson Gallery, London
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Buchmann Galerie
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
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
Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich
Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo
Capsule, Tokyo, Japan
Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima
Kepes Institut, Budapest
54. Biennale di Venezia
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Palazzo delle Papesse - Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena
Buchmann Galerie, Agra
Beppu Project, Japan
NAF - Nagai Fine Arts, Tokyo
Gwangju Biennale - A Grain of Dust A Drop of Water, Gwangju, KOREA
Planning/ Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Okayama, Japan
The historic Clock Tower "Zytglogge, Bern
Gwangju City Art Museum, Gwangju / Korea
Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Museum Ludwig Köln,
Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura / Contemporary Art Gallery of Art Tower Mito, Mito
Kyoto City Musem, Japan
Buchmann Galerie, Köln
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Ganders Never Laid a Golden Egg, , Rochdale Canal, Manchester
MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Propose to the Urban Enviroment: Impractical 2, City of Oita, sake store house, Hoashi family, Oita
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Tate Gallery Liverpool / Whitechapel Art Gallery, London / Malmö Konsthall, Schweden
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Again and Against: 24 Prominent Works of Japanese Contemporary Art 1966-1989, , Institute of Contemporary Arts, Nagoya
, Convention Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles
G-Art Gallery, Tokyo
Osaka Prefectural Contemporary Art Center, Japan
Gallery K, Tokyo
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Exhibition Space, Tokyo / Kyoto City University of Arts Exhibition Space, Kyoto
Plan B, Tokyo, September - December, performance
Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Exhibition Space, Tokyo
Subnard AC Hall, Tokyo
Miraikan National Museum of Emgerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo
Buchmann Galerie Agra / Lugano, Agra/Lugano
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