Tatsuo Miyajima Opere su carta 1995-2018
2 Feb—6 Apr 2019

Tatsuo Miyajima Opere su carta 1995-2018

2 Feb—6 Apr 2019
Buchmann Lugano
Press release

The exhibition space Buchmann Lugano presents Saturday February 2nd starting from 5 pm the first solo show of drawings in Switzerland by the Japanese artist Tatsuo Miyajima (Tokyo, *1957).

 

The series of works on paper here presented were made between 1995 to 2018 and explore several issues essential to Tatsuo Miyajima‘s work.

                        

“Kũ” Drawing Series

In the Zen tradition stands for emptiness (Kũ is the transcription of the Sanskrit word sunya or sunyata, translated literally as “emptiness“). The artist describes how he produced these drawings in a state of Kũ, holding a pencil in his hand, his eyes closed: “The lines from my subconscious show my time spent in emptiness. The length of time given in the title, 15 minutes for example, describes the period of time which I spent in an altered state of mind, with my eyes closed”.

 

“Innumerable Counts” Series

Every number in these drawings represents a moment in the counting cycle from 9 to 1. The empty space in the potentially in infinite sequence of numbers re- presents the figure zero, which does not appear in his work. In these drawings the artist is attempting to grasp moments in cycles of innumerable counts. The Innumerable Counts series visualize life for Tatsuo Miyajima. The spirals or lines in the drawings are thus excerpts from a broader context, from innumerable moments in time.

 

“Count Down” Series

Tatsuo Miyajima provides a different interpretation of the zero, the empty space, in his Count Down Drawing Series: this series of works shows a repeated sequence, counting down from 9 to 1, as the title suggests. Here, too, the place of zero (Kũ) is represented by an empty space or filled with a thin gold foil or a microchip. In this variation the empty space is filled; it is, as the artist points out, the field provided with every possibility, the field of potential.

 

The Miyajima’s works on paper are an essential component of his practice, seen as equal in status to the installation pieces and sculptures. They complete the artist‘s complex œuvre, which is characterized by investigation into the significance of counting and time, and by subtle meditations exhibiting sublime precision and finesse.

 

Tatsuo Miyajima is one of the most important Japanese living artist, many of his works are in prestigious museum  collections such the Tate Gallery London, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung München, the Caixa  Barcelona, ​​the Deste Foundation in Athens, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Leeum Seoul, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen and the M + in Hong Kong.

 

For further informations:

 

Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano

Da martedì a venerdì 13.00 – 18.00; sabato 13.00 - 17.00 buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch www.buchmanngalerie.com 

Comunicato stampa

Lo spazio espositivo Buchmann Lugano presenta sabato 2 febbraio a partire dalle ore 17.00 la prima mostra personale in Svizzera dedicata ai disegni dell’artista giapponese Tatsuo Miyajima (Tokyo, *1957).

 

Le opere su carta qui presentate sono state realizzate tra il 1995 e il 2018 ed esplorano diverse questioni essenziali del lavoro di Miyajima.

                        

Serie di disegni “Kũ”

Nella tradizione Zen rappresenta la vacuità (Kũ è la trascrizione della parola sanscrita sunya o sunyata, tradotta letteralmente come "vacuità"). L’artista descrive la realizzazione di questi disegni in uno stato di Kũ, con una matita in mano e gli occhi chiusi: “ Le linee arrivano dal mio subconscio e mostrano il tempo che ho passato nel vuoto. Il periodo di tempo indicato nel titolo, ad esempio 15 minuti, descrive il momento trascorso in uno stato mentale alterato, con gli occhi chiusi”.

 

Serie di disegni “Innumerable Counts”

Ogni numero in questi disegni rappresenta un momento nel ciclo di conteggio da 9 a 1. Lo spazio vuoto nella sequenza potenzialmente infinita di numeri rappresenta lo zero che non appare mai nel suo lavoro. In questi disegni l'artista tenta di cogliere momenti in cicli di innumerevoli conteggi. La serie Innumerable Counts rappresenta per Tatsuo Miyajima la vita. Le spirali o le linee in questi disegni sono quindi estratti da un contesto più ampio, da innumerevoli momenti nel tempo.

 

Serie di disegni “Count Down”

Tatsuo Miyajima fornisce una diversa interpretazione dello zero, lo spazio vuoto, nella serie di disegni Count Down: questi lavori mostrano una sequenza ripetuta, con un conto alla rovescia da 9 a 1, come suggerisce il titolo. Anche qui, il punto zero (Kũ) è rappresentato da uno spazio vuoto o riempito con una sottile lamina d'oro o un piccolo microchip. In questa variazione lo spazio vuoto è colmato; è, come sottolinea l'artista, il campo dotato di ogni possibilità, il campo del potenziale.

 

Le opere su carta di Miyajima sono una componente essenziale della sua pratica artistica al pari delle sculture e installazioni. I disegni completano infatti la complessa opera dell'artista caratterizzata dall'indagine sul significato del conteggio numerico e sulla nozione di tempo, grazie a sottili meditazioni di una sublime finezza e precisione.

 

Tatsuo Miyajima è uno dei più importanti artisti giapponesi viventi, molte sue opere si trovano in rinomate collezioni museali quali la Tate Gallery di Londra, la Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung München, la Caixa di Barcellona, la Fondazione Deste di Atene, il Museum of Contemporary Art di Chicago, il Museum of Contemporary Art di Tokyo, il Leeum Seoul, il Kunstmuseum Bern, il Kunstmuseum di St.Gallen e il M + di Hong Kong.

 

Per maggiori informazioni:

 

Buchmann Lugano

Via della Posta 2, CH-6900 Lugano

Da martedì a venerdì 13.00 – 18.00; sabato 13.00 - 17.00 buchmann.lugano@bluewin.ch www.buchmanngalerie.com

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
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