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Yoshio Shirakawa

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Born in Fukuoka, 1948.
Lives and works in Gunma Prefecture.

Shirakawa studied art and philosophy in France and Germany during the 1970s. In 1983, he returned to Japan and settled in Gumma. Undertaking a rigorous approach to issues around regional, marginal and minor communities, Shirakawa’s practice has been focused on the regeneration and revaluation of regional histories, cultures and economies — most notably exemplified in his “Basho – Gunma (Place / Gunma)” — away from the central where the dominant contemporary art trends are formed. The range of his activities are regarded as a precursor to today’s multiculturalist and participatory practices. Shirakawa has conducted research and authored numerous writings on contemporary art history, constantly developing criticism and revaluation of the dominant historical views and discourses. Shirakawa’s sculpture, composed of mundane materials, are light and precise in terms of shapes, colors and their hybrid composition, and makes him an excelled practitioner who explores the charm and possibilities in sculpture.

Education

1948
Born in Tobata, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
1981
Graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, qualified as "Meisterschüler".
1993
"Place - Gunma" established.

Solo Exhibitions

1977
Gallery Art In Progress, Düsseldorf
Gallery Aura, Wuppertal, Garmany

1978
Gallery Merde, Tokyo
Gallery Mayer-Hahn, Düsseldorf
1979
Bochum Kunstverein, Bochum, Germany
1980
Gallery Maraber, Nice
1981
Kunstakademie Hamburg Hamburg
Traveling exhibition in Poland, Warsaw, Posen, Lodz
Gallery Independent, Tokyo
Galsenkirchen Kunstverein, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Gellery Marber, Nice
1982
Gallery Mayer-Hahn, Düsseldorf
1983
Gallery Independent, Tokyo
1984
Gallery of Institute Franco-Japan, Tokyo
1985
Gallery Independent, Tokyo
Gallery Shimada, Yamaguchi
1987
Sone Gallery, Tokyo
Moris Gallery, Tokyo
1988
Moris Gallery, Tokyo
Gallery K, Tokyo
Concept Space, Shibukawa
Gallery Shimada, Yamaguchi
1989
Kankodo Gallery, Maebashi
Gallery Gen, Tokyo
1990
Ihara Ludens Gallery, New York
Moris Gallery, Tokyo
1991
Gallery Gen, Tokyo
Hillside Gallery, Tokyo
1992
Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
OXY Gallery, Raika, Osaka
1993
Moris Gallery, Tokyo
1994
Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi
1995
Art Front Gallery and Hillside Gallery, Tokyo
1996
“Are You a Japanese? No.3”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“Are You a Japanese? No.3”, Gallery Gen, Tokyo
1997
“Are You a Japanese? No.4”,Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts,Maebashi,Gunma
“Eyes ’87 SHIRAKAWA Yoshio: Inside and Outside of the Community”, IBM-kawasaki City Gallery, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
“For the Theory of Painting-TAKAHASHI Yuichi”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“The Form, the Place”, Centre International d’Art Contemporain de Mountréal, Montreal, Canada
1999
Exhibition series organized by Noriaki KITAZAWA VOL.2, With Regard to ‘Something Like Artcraft’”, Gallery MAKI, Tokyo
“Image, Reappear”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“Image, Reappear”, Key Gallery, Tokyo
“Open Circle Project”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“From Seeing”, Gallery Gen, Tokyo
2001
“The Art,The Local Currency”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“Cycle”, space LIVE, Tokyo
2002
“SHIRAKAWA Yoshio”, Gallery Space Pause, Tokyo
“Exchangem Circulation Snap”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“Le réve de Sachiko”, Faux Mouvement Centre d’Art Contemporain, Metz, France
2003
“Sachiko’s Dream”, Meues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Itadakimasu / Gochisosama”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
2004
“Form of Memory”, Gallery Gen, Tokyo
2005
“SHIRAKAWA Yoshio: Project Platform Shibukawa”, Shibukawa City Museum of Art, Shibukawa, Gunma
“17747”, Space LIVE, Tokyo
2007
“Yoshio SHIRAKAWA and Field Caravan Project” organized by the Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Maebashi, Gunma
“Passage of Nymph”, AIS gallery(Art Institute Shibukawa), Shibukawa, Gunma
2008
“Yoshio SHIRAKAWA, 1974: From Strasbourg to Paris”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Rose Princess”, Ya-man’s, Maebashi, Gunma
2009
“Yoshio SHIRAKAWA: 25 Drawings and Monument for Defeat”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Dokomademo Michikusa, Doushitemo Mishikusa, Yoshio SHIRAKAWA’s 61 Years’ of Off track Art”, Playroom, Kiwamari, Mito, Ibaraki
“New Works of Yoshio SHIRAKAWA, From Gunma Nowhere”, Yamane Art Lab Viewing Room, Fukuoka
2010
“Yoshio SHIRAKAWA: Delusion of Maebahi 2010”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Ethica”, Ya-man’s, Maebashi, Gunma
2011
“Yoshio SHIRAKAWA: The Wooden Horse of Umaya”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
2012
“Step out”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
2014
"Yoshio Shirakawa: dada,dada,da", Arts Maebashi, Gunma
2016
"The Capital Room: Beyond Three Dimensional Logical Pictures", gallery αM, Tokyo
"Exhibition of New Sculpture-Dark Light", GATEAU FESTA HARADA GALLERY, Takasaki, Gunma
2017
"Coyote", Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo
2018
"A Memory Erased Totori", Ais Gallery, Gunma
"A Memory Erased Nagasaki / Gunma", Concept Space, Gunma
2019
"Summer Light", Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

1974
“Vitry International Art Exhibition,” Paris
1977
“Contemporary Art: a Group Unknown”, Gallery Merde, Tokyo
1981
“31 Artists of Düsseldorf”, Kunst Museum, Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
“3 Artists Exhibition”, Hildebrand Studio, Düsseldorf
1982
“Jung Kunst,” Berlin Kunstakademie, Berlin
“Jund Kunst,” Paris Ecole das beaux Arts, Paris
“Construction and Process,”Solidarite Project,Lodz,Poland
“Düsseldorf Open-Air Exhibition,”Skulpturenpark Seestern,Düsseldorf
1983
“4 Sculptors Exhibition,” Gallery Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany
“Natur, Zeichen, Raum: Japanische Bildhauer in Düsseldorf", Skulpturenpark Seestern, Düsseldorf
“International Sculpture Exhibition,” Antwerp, Belgium
“Ryujin Art Village - Wood and Art Exhibition,” Ryujinmura, Wakayama
1984
“4 Artists Exhibition,” Gallery Iteza, Kyoto
1985
“Sound in Space Exhibition”, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu
“International Environmental Art Symposium,” Tsukuba, Tsukuba
“Shibukawa Open-Air Exhibition’85,”Shibukawa City Park,Shibukawa
1986
“Contemporary Artists Exhibition in Hokkaido", Hokkaido Museum of Modrn Art, Sapporo
“The 6th Try Art-Small Art Exhibition”, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu
“Session’86-Small Art Exhibition”, Yoyogi Art Gallery, Tokyo
“Kanagawa Art Exhibition, Art—Dialogue for Peace”, Okurayama Memorial Museum, Yokohama
1987
“ARTIST’S NETWORK ’87”, Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
“ARTIST’S NETWORK”, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum, Fukuoka
“PARTU 2”, Toshiba Building, Tokyo
“Sapporo Clock Tower Biennial ’87,” Sapporo Clock Tower Gallery, Sapporo
1988
“New Year-Nes Arts ’88”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
“OUTWARD BOUND”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
“PARTY 3”, Toshiba Building, Tokyo
1989
“The 9th Hara Annual”, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1990
”Contemporary Sculpture in Japan Ⅲ”, Kanagawa Prefectural Gellery, Yokohama
“Shibukawa Triennial Exhibition of Contemporary Scultpture’90”, Shibukawa City Park, Shibukawa
1991
“The World of Boxes”, Contemporary Art Gallery of Art Tower Mito, Mito
“A-Value Ⅳ”, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum Gallery, Shizuoka
“CONTEMPORARY ART FROM JAPAN,”Edinburgh College of Art,Edinburgh,United Kingdom
1992
“Winter Exhibition of Artworks at Kankodo”, Kankodo Gallery, Gunma
1993
“The 2nd Kitakyusyu Biennale”, Kitakyusyu Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu
1994
“PIACE-GUMMA”, Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi
“A-Value”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines
1995
“The 30th Artists Today Exhibition”, Yokohama Citizen’s Gallery, Yokohama
“The 2nd PIACE - GUMMA”, Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi
“The RInkoukaku Project 2 -From Duchamp to Duchamp-“, Rink-oukaku, Maebashi, Gunma
1996
“The 3rd Place Gunma-Maebashi-Dubin”, Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi, Gunma
“The Rinkoukaku Project 3”, Rinkoukaku Maebashi, Gunma
“Literature and Contemporary Art”, Hokkaido Hakodate Museum of Art, Hakodate, Hokkaido
1997
“The 14th Sakei-kai Exhibition”, Kankodo Gallery, Maebashi, Gunma
“Place-Gunma-Recurrent Place-“, Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi, Gunma
“The Rinkoukaku Project 42", Rinkoukaku, Maebashi, Gunma
“Accept and Rejection”, Komyoji Project, Ina, Nagano
“Four Seasons’ Color”, Moris Gallery, Tokyo
1998
“Place-Gunma-Always Made in Japan-“, Kitakanto Museum of Fine Arts, Maebashi, Gunma
“The Rinkoukaku Project 5”, Rinkoukaku, Maebashi, Gunma
“Ensuite…”, Centre Regional d’Art Séte, Séte, France
2000
"Place-Gunma,The Project of Unmanned Station”, Kankodo Gunmamachi Gallery, Takasaki, Gunma
”Ecigo Tsumari Art Trienmial”, Tsumari, Niigata
”Yumeno Ato”, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
“Yumeno-Ato”, Kunsthaus Baden-Baden, Germany
2001
“Maebashi Art Week”, C・A・M・P, Maebashi, Gunma
2002
“Gunma an Inside and the Fringe”, Maibashi Curtual Srudies Center, Maebashi, Gunma
“A Modern Bed”, Maeda Studio, Maebashi, Gunma
“7th Kitakyusyu Biennale - ART FOR SALE: Intimacy between Aesthetics and Economy”, Kitakyushu Munisipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka
2003
“Neues”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Au coin du mond”, Espace Mulripedia Ganther, Boulogne, France
2004
“Neues”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
2005
“Neues”, Neues Asahi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Homage to Bruno Taut”, Sorinzan Daruma-ji Senshintei, Takasaki, Gunma
“Recollection of Memori”.Asaya,Maebashi,Gunma
“Recollection of Memory”Gallery Maki,Tokyo
“Ars Nova,Between Contemporary Art and Art Craft”,Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,Tokyo
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.4”,Matsushiro-hanbunbu Gakko,Nagano
2006
“Exhibition Wedding Ceremony with Roses”, Rinkoukaku, Maebashi, Gunma
“Survival Art”, Asaya, Maebashi, Gunma
“Test of Rose Proficiency”, Ya-man’s, Mebashi, Gunma
“Uroco Exhibition”, Nigiwai Station, Maebashi, Gunma
Matsushiro Contemporary Art Scene Ⅱ“, Koumim-machi Kogen Museum of Art, Koumi-machi, Nagano
2007
“Brono Taut and Light”, Shorinzan, Takasaki, Gunma
“Maetsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.6”, Matsushiro-hanbunbu Gakko, Nagano
2008
“MAGMA 2008”, Asaya, Maebshi, Gunma
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.7”, Matsushiro-han Bunbu Gakko, Nagano
“Asian Performance Art”, Macao Museum of Art, China
2009
“Art of Gunma 1941-2009”, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
”Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.8”, Matsushiro Bunbu Gakko, Nagano
2010
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.9”, Matsushiro-hanBunbu Gakko, Nagano
2011
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.10”, Matsushiro-hanBunbu Gakko, Nagano
2012
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.11”, Matsushiro-hanBunbu Gakko, Nagano
2013
“The Flower with the Color of Wind -Dialogues for the Future-“, Arts Maebashi, Maebashi, Gunma
“Matsushiro Contemporary Art Festival Vol.12”, Matsushiro-hanBunbu Gakko, Nagano
“Odawara Biennale”, Odawara, Kanagawa
“The 19th Nippon International Performance Art Festival, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
2015 
"Railroad siding 2015" Ex-Tokorozawa city supply center of school meals, Saitama
"Beyond the 'sculpture merde'-chronicle of sculpture", Bunka Institute in Maebashi, Gunma
2016
"Aichi Triennale 2016 - Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan", Nagoya
2017
”Gallery Collection”, rin art association, Takasaki, Gunma
"Collection+ Secret of Art", Arts Maebashi, Maebashi, Gunma
”Art in Gunma"The museum of modern art, Gunma
Creative Dialogues with Museum 01"Who Owns the Memory?" Tottori prefectural museum
"Family/Conceptual" Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
2018
"Beyond the future of Meld Sculpture", Maki Fine Arts, Tokyo
2019
"Wooden Horse of Station House Festival", Gunma
"The Ecology of Expression " Arts Maebashi, Gunma
"Odawara Biennale 2019", Kanagawa
"A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
"3331 ART FAIR", 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo
”Heroes and People in the Japanese Contemporary Art", Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo