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  • HORI Kosai

In 1967 he entered Tama Art University, and in the same year with the assistance of his peers he staged the performance piece "Self-Burial Ceremony", with which his career as an artist began.He was also active in the Japanese student demonstrations of the late 1960s, from within which he became one of the founders, and subsequently leader, of a movement known as Bijutsuka Kyoto Kaigi (Artists Joint-Struggle Council) or "Bikyoto", which sought to interrogate the institutionalized nature of art. The works of his early career tended to overlap with the activities of that movement, created as pieces questioning the foundations of art itself. With the aim of breaking through the boundaries of modernist painting, such works took a retroactive approach to the history of painting and become a process of searching for its origins. Departing from this source, Hori traced the development of painting's formation within Eastern nations and within Japan − and in so doing his own personal pictorial space took form. Meanwhile, he also began zealously developing installation and performances pieces resonating with the many issues and phenomena emerging "on the borderlines" of the society and art of "here and now". His works have been shown at numerous international exhibitions, including the 1977 Paris Biennale and the 1984 Venice Biennale.

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  • 1947 Born in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture, Japan
  • Lives and Works in Tokyo
  • 1967 Entered the department of Painting of Tama Art University, Majoring in Oil Painting
  • 1969 Organized Bikyoto, Council of artists for a United Front.
  • 1970 Left Tama Art University
  • 1971 Organized The 1st Committee Bikyoto REVOLUTION and the members decided never to have any exhibition in galleries or museum in 1971.
  •   Established Bijutsushisyo-Sha and participated in the publication of the art critique magazine Bijutsushihyo and the art document magazine Kirokutai
  • 2002 - Appointed a professor at Tama Art University
  • 2010 Established the Akibatamabi21 alternative space managed by Tama Art University and served as its founding producer.


    • The Garden of the Fall and Rebirth-13
    • 2015
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    • The Garden of the Fall and Rebirth-12
    • 2015
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    • The Garden of the Fall and Rebirth-9
    • 2015
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    • The Garden of the Fall and Rebirth-8
    • 2015
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    • To Remember - The sea of Mabuni, Okinawa 2013
    • 2014
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    • naked place-5
    • 2011
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    • naked place-1
    • 2011
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    • naked place-4
    • 2011
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    • naked place-3
    • 2011
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Solo Exhibitions
Naked Place ― HORI Kosai, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Naked Place, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
SPACE HONGJJE, Seoul, South Korea
GALLERY604, Busan, South Korea
GALLERY A story, Seoul / Busan, South Korea
Gallery Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Japan (1980-82, 85, 88, 92, 94, 99, 00, 01, 03, 05)
Okabe Prints & Publishing House Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
Atelier Rika, Kochi, Japan (1995, 00)
Retrospective, Takaoka City Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
Gallery Ikeda, Tokyo, Japan
Wind, Air and Memory, Kuman Museum, Ehime, Japan
Gallery Te, Tokyo, Japan
Akutsu Gallery, Gunma, Japan
Eyes of the Wind, Takaoka City Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan
Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (1982-84, 87, 90, 91, 93)
Gallery NOW, Toyama, Japan (1992)
Gallery Ueda, Tokyo, Japan (1990-93)
Gallery Emon, Aichi, Japan
Gallery Mori, Ehime, Japan
Art Space Mauve, Hyogo, Japan
Recent Works of Kosai Hori, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Yano Art Gallery, Tottori, Japan
Forum Yu, Nagano, Japan (1987)
Galerie Nane Stern, Paris, France (1984)
Komai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Maki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (1975)
Gallery U, Aichi, Japan
Shirakaba Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tokiwa gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Nirenoki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Atelier Shinon, Tokyo, Japan
Space Love Hair, Tokyo, Japan
Group Exhibitions
Minimal | Post Minimal − The Contemporary Japanese Art from 1970s, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan
Aizu Urushi Art Festival, Fukushima, Japan
Elpis-Sky of Hope, TOKYO DESIGNRS WEEK2011, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Art of China and Japan, Busan Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Towards Objet - Transformation of Book World, Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Attitude 2007, Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kumamoto, Japan
Perspective of Contemporary Paintings, Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006, Niigata, Japan
Himing 2005, Himi City, Toyama, Japan
Water level of Images, Toyota City Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Intercross of 4 Critics, Tama Fine Arts University Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata, Japan
Attitude, Kumamoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kumamoto, Japan
Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK
Global Conceptualism, Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Busan International Contemporary Art Festival, Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea
Aspects of line, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Point of Contact - South Korean, Chinese, and Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Taegu & Culture Hall, South Korea
An Exhibition of 50 Contemporary Japanese Artists: A Presentiment of the 21Century, Nabio Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Invitation to Abstract Act, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Japan Today, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, traveled to Norway, Finland and Sweden
about Lines: Non-existing Modernism and Invisible Realism, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Tsubaki-kai Exhibition 1995, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years, Meguro Museum of Art, traveled to Hiroshima, Hyogo and Fukuoka, Japan
Vision from Memory, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma, Japan
Towards Objet - Transformation of Book World, Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Creativity in Asian Art Now, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
Tsubaki-kai Exhibition 1993, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Ark of Art, The Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan
The 1st International Contemporary Art Fair Japan, Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
Avanguardie Giapponese degli Anmi 70, Galleia Comunale d' arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy
Painting of the Showa Era: Part3, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan
Contemporary Art 7: The Mind of Japan, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Lee Kang-So& Kosai Hori, Seam Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
Europaria Japan 89, Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
The Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan 1989: Prospects of Contemporary Art-A Celebration of Painting, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, traveled to Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Paintings 1977-1987, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Toyama Now ' 87, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
Contemporary Japanese Art, Taipei Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Exchange d' Art Contemporain, Tokyo- Paris, Yurakucho Asahi Gallery, Tokyo Japan
41st Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
International de Arte Valparaiso, 1983, Valparaiso, Chile
International Jugend triennale + Meister der Zeichnung, Nuremberg, Germany
Arteder '82-Muestra Internacional de Obra Grafica, Bilbao, Spain
1st Hara Annual Perspective for '80, Hara Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo Geijutsu-4 1978, Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Artists Today 1978, Yokohama City Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
10th Biennale de Paris, Musee d' art Moderne de la vile de Paris, Paris, France
Tokyo- Bay area Exchange of Contemporary Art, 80 Langton Street Gallery, San Francisco, USA
10th Tokyo Biennale for Prints, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo traveled to The National museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Affair & Practice-Why it-, Contemporary Culture Center, Tokyo, Japan
The 10th Japan Art Festival, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan, traveled to Australia and New Zealand
Artists Today 1973, Yokohama city Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
Kyoto Biennale, Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Affair &Practice by 12 Artists, Pinar Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The 9th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, traveled to Kyoto Municipal Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Self-Burial Ceremony, on the Ginza street, Tokyo, Japan

Public Collection

  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
  • Tochigi Prefectural Museum of fine Arts, Tochigi
  • Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
  • Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa
  • The Japan Foundation
  • The National Museum of art, Osaka
  • Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
  • Saito Memorial Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Chiba
  • Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
  • The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
  • The Museum of Art, Kochi
  • Urawa Art Museum, Saitama
  • Ome City museum, Tokyo
  • Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
  • Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama
  • Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima
  • Chiba city Museum of Art, Chiba
  • Utsunomiya City Museum of Art, Tochigi
  • Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi
  • Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama
  • Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata
  • Shiseido Art House, Shizuoka
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
  • Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto