ARTIST INFO

Kimiyo MISHIMA

Kimiyo MISHIMA (1932-) is a female Japanese postwar artist who built her career in parallel with the Gutai Art Association during the 1960s and 70s in Kansai (Osaka), Japan. From the late 1950s and into the 1960s, When movements such as Art Informel, Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art exerted a significant influence on Japanese artists, Mishima, responding to these movements, established her own style and invoked techniques such as collage and repetitive imagery to create signature works. Living in the Kansai area, where the Gutai movement flourished, she was deeply related with its members, however chose the Dokuritsu Art Association as her platform. She received numerous awards in their competitions, some in which she competed with Jiro Takamatsu. Recently her paintings have been reevaluated and collected in international museums, attracting further attention.
From 1970s she developed three-dimensional works and installations, capturing how information is turned into rubbish and discarded immediately, which includes the renowned huge rubbish bin installation exhibited permanently in Naoshima.
Throughout her career, Mishima has expressed “the fear and anxiety of drowning in information”, the notion she experienced during Japanese postwar economic growth.

Works

  • Title
    Push-A
    Size
    163×132cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    newspaper, magazine, acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    Poem of Night I
    Size
    162.4×130.4cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    newspaper, magazine, acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    Newspaper 95-B
    Size
    20x30x33cm
    Year
    1995
    Medium
    ceramic
  • Title
    Box Postpak 17-2
    Size
    33×28×h24cm
    Year
    2017
    Medium
    ceramic
  • Title
    (日本語) Untitled
    Size
    (日本語) 130x162cm
    Year
    (日本語) 1970-71
    Medium
    (日本語) newspaper, magazine,silk-screen,acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    (日本語) Work17-G
    Size
    (日本語) φ56xh90cm
    Year
    (日本語) 2017
    Medium
    (日本語) printed and painted ceramic, iron
  • Title
    Push-A
    Size
    163×132cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    newspaper, magazine, acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    Poem of Night I
    Size
    162.4×130.4cm
    Year
    1965
    Medium
    newspaper, magazine, acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    Newspaper 95-B
    Size
    20x30x33cm
    Year
    1995
    Medium
    ceramic
  • Title
    Box Postpak 17-2
    Size
    33×28×h24cm
    Year
    2017
    Medium
    ceramic
  • Title
    (日本語) Untitled
    Size
    (日本語) 130x162cm
    Year
    (日本語) 1970-71
    Medium
    (日本語) newspaper, magazine,silk-screen,acrylic on canvas
  • Title
    (日本語) Work17-G
    Size
    (日本語) φ56xh90cm
    Year
    (日本語) 2017
    Medium
    (日本語) printed and painted ceramic, iron

CV

1932
Born in Osaka
1951
Graduated from Ohgimachi High School
1954
Becomes a member of Dokuritsu Art Association (Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyokai)
1986
Studied in NY, supported by Rockefeller Scholarship ACC, USA.Prefecture.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Switzerland.
2017
"Newspaper99N/ Newspaper99-NG,” Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan.
2017
Frieze New York 2017, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Booth, New York, USA.
2017
“Early Works,” MEM, Tokyo, Japan.
2016
Taka Ishii Gallery, New York, USA.
2015
“Kimiyo Mishima at Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo, Japan.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
“Shigeji and Kimiyo Mishima,” MEM, Tokyo, Japan.
2017
Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, MEM Booth, Hong Kong.
2017
Chronicle, Chronicle!, Creative Center Osaka, Japan.
2016
Taipei Art Fair, Sokyo Gallery Booth, Taiwan.
2014
“Identity and Originality" Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo, Japan.
2014
“Currents: Japanese Contemporary Art,” Christie's Hong Kong.

Awards

1965
Received honorable mention at the Ninth Shell Art Award.
1963
Dokuritsu Winner of the Grand Prix at Exhibition.
1974
International Ceramic Exhibition, winner of Gold Medal, Faenza, Ceramic Museum, Italy.

NEWS

2018/03/24
Exhibition: Shigeji and Kimiyo MISHIMA (MEM, Tokyo)
2018/03/07
Mishima participates in Takashimaya Art Department 110th Exhibition
2018/06/08
KIMIYO MISHIMA SOLO SHOW IN SWITZERLAND