Kishio Suga

Kishio Suga (b. 1944, Morioka, Japan) lives and works in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. He received a BFA in oil painting from Tama Art University, Tokyo, in 1968. He is one of the leading figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a group of artists who radically redefined Japanese art during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, and the interdependency of these various elements and the surrounding space. In his site-specific installations, Suga places materials such wood, stones, steel plates, plastic sheeting, glass, paper, wire, and rope in ephemeral arrangements. He has been influenced by a broad range of philosophy—from Jean Baudrillard to Gilles Deleuze and Kitarō Nishida—and through his installations and performances he consistently explores "situations" and the "activation of existence" by establishing physical and conceptual boundaries on a site only then to deconstruct them. Major solo exhibitions include the Yokohama Museum of Art; the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. His work has also been included in landmark surveys, such as Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); Parallel Views: Italian and Japanese Art from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA; Prima Materia, Punta Della Dogana, Venice, Italy, (2013); and Reconsidering Mono-ha, National Museum of Art, Osaka (2005). His work is in numerous museum collections, including: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; Tate Modern, London; and Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan. He is represented by Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo; Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Tokyo and Beijing; and Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo and Singapore.

Last updated: 24.09.2014

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