Artists

photo by Yohei Sogabe

YAMAGUCHI Akira

1969 Born in Tokyo, Japan and grown up in Kiryu City, Gumna、Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

1996 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, MA in oil painting

1994 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, BA in oil painting


Solo Exhibitions

2018


“Suzushiro (White Radish) Diary”, NADiff, Tokyo


 


2016


“Muromachi Resonance”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


“YAMAGUCHI Akira: MATSUYAMA SHIFT”, The Museum of Art, Ehime


“City Strollers in Dogo Onsen” Dogo Art 2016, Ehime


“Umakagami”, Equine Museum of Japan, Kanagawa (cat.)


 


2015


“YAMAGUCHI Akira: Kisha to Katana (Steam Train and Sword)”, Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima “YAMAGUCHI Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath”, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki


 


2013


“YAMAGUCHI Akira: An Almost Complete Career Overview- From Early Childhood Drawings to Recent Work”, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Gunma (cat.) “Yamaguchi Akira”, Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata


“Yamaguchi Akira”, Sogo Museum of Art, Kanagawa


2012


“Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, I am Yamaguchi Akira.”, Museum “Eki” Kyoto, Kyoto “TOKIORE(I)MIX”, Maison Hermes 8F Le Forum, Tokyo (-May 13)


 


2011


“TOKAIDO LANDSCAPES, The Path from Hiroshige to Contemporary Artists”, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka


“SINGA-PLANET”, Japan Creative Center, Singapore “City Strollers”, Fukuoka Mitsukoshi Gallery, Fukuoka


 


2010


“Tokyo Strollers”, Ginza Mitsukoshi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo


“Inochimaru”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


2008


“Now, Oyamazaki… YAMAGUCHI Akira”, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum, Kyoto (cat.)


 


2007


“This Time, It’s Musha-e!”, Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)


“Art de Sauro:Aida Makoto/Yamaguchi Akira”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (cat.)


 


2006


“Lagrange Point”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


“Lagrange Point”, C.Square, Chukyo University Art Gallery, AichiSenba Architecture Festival, “Kitano House×YAMAGUCHI Akira”, Osaka


 


2005


“The Exhibition of YAMAGUCHI Akira”, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo


“Review”, TAKAHASHI collection, Tokyo 2004


“Shall we buy?”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


an illustration, “A Chrysanthemum lighthouse”, NADiff,Tokyo, Japan


 


2003


“Akira Yamaguchi Exhibition’ Exhibition”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


2002


“Records of Japanese-Sino War & Japanese-Russo War”, NADiff, Tokyo


 


2001


“The joy of painting”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


2000


“YAMAGUCHI Akira Exhibition”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


1999


“Shakkei”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


1998


“The Tea-ceremony Room with Chair”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


Group Exhibitions

2018


“THE DORAEMON 2017”, Roppongi Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo (cat.), traveled to Takaoka Art Museum, Toyama


 


2017


“The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection- Resonance or Repellence?”, Shizuoka Prefectual Museum of Art (cat.)


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso”, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts


“Japan – Spirits of Nature”,Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden


“EQUINE MUSEUM EXCELLENT WORKS 150”, Equine Museum of Japan, Kanagawa (cat.)


“Special Exhibition commemorating 130th anniversary of the founding of Tokyo University of the Arts”, The Pandora’s box: Finding the Wondrous in the Geidai Collection, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts (cat.)


“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION Mindfulness 2017”, Yamagata Museum of Art


“The Cosmos of the Takahashi Collection”, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto


“Twenty Year’s of the TARO Award/ Twenty Enfants Terrible”, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo


 


2016


“Dispatch//Itabashi// Edo – Contemporary”, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo


“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION: Mindfulness!”, The Museum of Art, Kochi


“Ryūsaku Tsunoda and Donald Keene: From Gunma to the World”, Gunma Prefectural Museum of Literature in Commemoration of Bunmei Tsuchiya


“Extended Remix: Contemporary Artitst Meet the Japanese Print”, Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A.,


“Exposing Ikai- The Different World”, Visitors in Past and Contemporary Art, Akita Museum of Art


The Railway Art Museum, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa


“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui


Naohiro UKAWA DOMMUNE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS / season 4″YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo


“SHUNPUTEI Ichinosuke × YAMAGUCHI Akira: An Introduction to Fun Rakugo” CAPSULE, Tokyo


“Collection Exhibition Part.1”, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa


“Unimaginable by One Mind Alone: Exquisite Corpses from the William Green Collection of Japanese Prints”, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, U.S.A.


“The Collection of the Takamatsu Art Museum” Exhibition Celebrating the Museum’s Reopening A Concise Guide to Life with Japanese Contemporary Art, Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa


 


2015


“Fujisan: Faith and Arts”, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum


“Hiroshima Trilogy: 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing”, Part II, A Bird’s-eye View of the World, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art


“Excellent Techniques of Carving and Printing: 250th Birth Anniversary of Multi-colored Print”, Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Tokyo


“A Bird’s Eye View of the World”, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga


“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION: Mirror Neuron”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery


“The Ohara Museum of Art – Journeys to Masterpieces”, Shizuoka City Museum of Art


“Art of Laughter”, The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki


 


2014


“Conversations through the Asian collections”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (thru Oct 15, 2015)


“Master Pieces from Ohara Museum of Art”, Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita


“Hiroshige’s ‘The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’ and Contemporary Artists”, Muse’e Bernard Buffet, Shizuoka


“’15th Anniversary Urawa Art Museum Artist Show: image no yukue”, Urawa Art Museum, Saitama (cat.)


“Takahashi Collection 2014 Mindfulness!”, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi (cat.)


“JAPON, ABBAYE SAINT ANDRÉ Centre d’art contemporain”, Meymac, France


 


2013


“Takahashi Collection Mindfulness!”, Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido (cat.)


“PAINTED CAPITALS”, Cityscapes of Kaifeng, Hangzhou, Kyoto and Edo, Okura Museum of Art, Tokyo (cat.)


“Ukiyo-e POP”, Shizuoka Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Shizuoka


“Ohara Contemporary”, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama (cat.)


“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 (cat.)


“Wonderful My Art- Selected artist from TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi (cat.)


“From attractive” – Meiji of watercolor Mizue to the present age -, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa (cat.)


 


2012


“ZIPANGU-The Surge of Japanese Contemporary Art”, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, traveled to: Takasaki Museum of Art, Gunma, Hachinohe City Museum of Art, Aomori, Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita (cat.)


“Reinventing Tokyo: Japan’s Largest City in the Artistic Imagination”, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, USA


“Masterpieces from the Ohara Museum of Art”, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido (cat)


“Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan”, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia, traveled to Haifa Museums (Haifa Museum of Art, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art) (cat.)


 


2011


“Kobiken—from the Takahashi Collection,” TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo



“Edo Pop”: the Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, U.S.A.


“TARO LOVE”, Seibu Shibuya, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo

JARAPAGOS, Art Gallery ATRIUM, Fukuoka


“CAFE in Mito 2011-Relationships in Color”, Ther Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki


“Japan: a tradition of innovation”, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau, CANADA


“ZIPANGU-31 spirited artists cutting through new territories of Japanese contemporary art”, Takashimaya Nihonbashi exhibition

Hall (8F), Tokyo (cat.)


“The Origin of 20”, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, traveled to: Shimonoseki City Art Museum, Yamaguchi and two other venues(cat.)


“The Most Requested Top 30/ 10 Years of TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, TABLOID GALLERY, Tokyo


“Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art”, Japan Society, New York, U.S.A. (cat.)


 


2010


TDW-ART “JARAPAGOS (Tokyo Designer’s Week”, Tokyo


“Narrative Paintings”, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata


“BASARA”, Spiral Garden, Tokyo


“ROBOT and ARTS: Visual Images in the 20th Century Japan”, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, traveled to Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka and IWAMI ART MUSEUM, Shimane (cat.)


17th Biennale of Sydney “THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age”, Sydney, Australia (cat.)


Shinran Exhibition, Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Exhibition Hall, Tokyo, traveled to 26 venues


“AIDA Makoto+TENMYOUYA Hisashi+YAMAGUCHI Akira”, TAKAHASHI COLLECTION, Tokyo


“neoteny japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s FROM TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, Yogago City Museum of Art, Tottori, traveled to Museum of Art, Ehime


 


2009


November Steps, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


Great works of the OHARA Museum -In pursuit of the precious paintings”, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka, Japan (cat.)


ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART TRIENNALE, Niigata


“neoteny japan -FROM TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, traveled to: the Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita


“WAR & ART”, Terror and Simulacrum of Beauty, Calerie Aube, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto


 


2008


“JAPAN CAR”, Cite des sciences et de L’industrie, Paris,s France, traveled to : Science Museum, London, U.K.


“neoteny japan -FROM TAKAHASHI COLLECTION”, Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima, traveled to: Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido (cat.)


“ORDER RECEIVED”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


“Off the Rails”, Mizuma & One Gallery, Beijing, China (cat.)


“Another landscape: from Mori Art Collection”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


Takahashi Collection, Tokyo


 


2007


“Nihonga Metsubou-ron”, C.Square, Chukyo University Art Gallery, Aichi


“Heroes in Warror Paintings”, Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum, Nagano (cat.)


“The Vision of Contemporary Art 2007”, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (cat.)


 


2006


“NIPPON vs FINEART-Striving for Identity in the Context of Western art”, Osaka City Museum of Art, Shinsaibashi Temporary Exhibition Space, Osaka


“Art and Object: Affinity of the Jomon and the Contemporary”, Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori


Comtemporary Forms -Life & Art -: “The forms of Intoxication”, Higashihiroshima City Museum of Art, Hiroshima


“Kimura Naomichi + Art and Play”, The Museum of Modern Art Saitama, Saitama


 


2005


“Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art from Japan”, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel


“Looking for Utopia: Beyond the Imagination”, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata (cat.)


“Villa YURINSO Special Open : AIDA Makoto / OZAWA Tsuyoshi / YAMAGUCHI Akira”, Ohara Museum of Art Yurinso, Okayama (cat.)


“The World of Matchbox Labels”, The Okayama Prefectual Museum of Art, Okayama (cat.)


“The Elegance of Silence : Contemporary Art from East Asia”, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (cat.)


 


2004


“OFFICINA ASIA”,Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (cat.)


“20th Anniversary Exhibition : The Copy Age – From Duchamp through Warhol to Morimura-“, The Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Shiga (cat.)


“Mediarena : contemporary art from Japan”, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand (cat.)


“Living Together is Easy”, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, travelling to : The National Galleryof Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (cat.)


“MOT Annual 2004 : Where do I come from? Where am I going?”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo (cat.)


 


2003


“TREASURE for TREASURE : A Treasure Exchange Project with six Artists”, Sumida Riverside Hall Gallery, Tokyo (cat.)


 


2002


“TANAGOKORO 8”, roentgenwerke, Tokyo


“Japan in Blekinge, Olofstrom Art Exhibition Hall”, Blekinge, Sweden


“New Edition! Japanese Art-Other Inheritors of Jaoanese Tradition”, Yamanashi Prefectual Museum of Art, Yamanashi (cat.)


 


2001


“The 4th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art”, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Kanagawa


“S(h)itting in the mirror”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


 


2000


“Five continents and one city”, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico


“Department Store of Contemporary Art”,Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamanashi (cat.)


 


1999


“A Window, Inside and Outside”, Gwangju City Art Museum, Gwangju, South Korea (cat.)


Inoue Gallery, Tokyo


 


1998


Inoue Gallery, Tokyo


 


1997


“KOTATSU-SCHOOL”, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo


“WALKING MUSEUM”, Shinjuku Takashimaya TIMES SQUARE, Tokyo


Public Collection

Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama


The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga


Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Kyoto


The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka


Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa


Equine Museum of Japan, Kanagawa


Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


Mead Art Museum, Amherst, U.S.A.


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


Public Art

JR Oita Station,


“Fuji-hokuroku Sankei Mandara” Fujisan National Heritage Center, Yamanashi


Geriatric Hospital Through the Ages, The Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital, Tokyo 


Fusuma Painting Dedication to the Yorinansho-in, Byodo-in Temple, Kyoto



“Five Dragons”, Ceiling Painting, Seian-ji Temple, Gifu


“Subway Diagram” Nishiwaseda Station, Tokyo Metro, Tokyo


“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

“One Hundred Unusual Scenes of Osaka Trams ”, Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau, Osaka


“Staircase of Amusements ”, Shizuoka Cancer Center, Shizuoka

“Genetics in Comics” Science Museum, Tokyo


Publications

2018 Suzushiro (White Radish) Dairy III (Hatori Press Inc.)


2015 Yamaguchi Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the Underneath (Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc.) 


2015 Fujimori Terunobu × Yamaguchi Akira, Exploration! Tokyo National Museum (Tankosha Publishing)


2013 Suzushiro (White Radish) Dairy II (Hatori Press Inc.)


2013 Fujimori Terunobu × Yamaguchi Akira, Japanese Architecture Intensive Course (Tankosha Publishing)


2012 Yamaguchi Akira – The Big Picture (Seigensha Art Publishing, Inc.) 


2012 Hen na Nihon Bijutsushi (Shodensha Inc.)


2009 Suzushiro (White Radish) Dairy (Hatori Press Inc.)


2009 Now Oyamazaki…(Mitsumura Suiko Shoin) 


2006 Yamaguchi Akira Ga Egaku Tokyo Fukei: Hongo Todai Kaiwai (University of Tokyo Press)


2004 The Art Of Akira Yamaguchi (University of Tokyo Press)