Kishio Suga served as a central member of the art movement Mono-ha that took place from the late 1960s to the 1970s. For over 50 years since, Suga has continued to pursue a consistent philosophy and actively develop his artistic practice, paving his own unique path as one of the leading figures of Postwar Japanese art in our times. Even in recent years when the reevaluation of Mono-ha has been gaining much international recognition, he persists in further deepening his contemplation, with his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for his practice serving to define the presentness of his work.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1968, Suga has presented work on over 400 occasions in numerous exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. Recent years in particular have seen remarkable developments and achievements in his career. In 2016 he held solo exhibitions at Pirelli Foundation’s HangarBiocca in Milan and Dia: Chelsea New York, in addition to a two-person exhibition with Karla Black at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. He was selected for the 57th Venice Biennale, “VIVA ARTE VIVA” in 2017, receiving high acclaim for Law of Situation in which he recreated of one of his early representative works in the form of an installation floating on water. In that same year Suga participated in the group exhibition “Japanorama: New Vision of JAPAN from 1970,”curated by Yuko Hasegawa that was held at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. In 2022, he had a large-scale exhibition, Kishio Suga: The Existence of “Things” and the Eternity of the “Site” at the Iwate Museum of Art in Suga’s hometown of Morioka,
Suga’s works are also housed in numerous prominent museums throughout the world including the Centre Pompidou, Dia: Chelsea, the Tate Modern, Dallas Museum of Art, M+, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
1944 Born in Iwate, Japan
1968 Graduated from the Department of Painting at Tama Art University
Tomio Koyama Gallery
Tomio Koyama Gallery opened in 1996 in Saga-cho, Koto-ku, Tokyo. The gallery moved its location to Roppongi in 2016 and opened an additional new space in Tennozu in 2022. Since its opening the gallery has been participating in international art fairs, being the first point of introduction for young Japanese artists, and has generated a current that became a foundation of Japanese contemporary art. The gallery currently represents Kishio Suga, Mika Ninagawa, Hiroshi Sugito, Richard Tuttle as well as holding exhibitions of ceramic artists. Introducing diverse artists from established figures to young talents, beyond distinctions of nationality or genre, Tomio Koyama Gallery aims at developing the contemporary art market with original perspectives.
Director: Koyama Tomio
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