KimiyoMISHIMA "Another Existance"

Sat. Jun 17 – Sat. Jul 8, 2017

left:  《 Newspaper 99-NG 》 Japanese paper, iron powder, Styrofoam, 1998-99, 520 x 755 cm
right: 《 Newspaper 99-N 》 Japanese paper, iron powder, Styrofoam, 1998-99, 250 x 520 cm

Japan has become a wealthy country following the post-war recovery to high economic growth, which enabled especially the women to live diverse ways of living and have new values which were completely incomparable with the past. It is said that gender stereotypes have become less prominent and today is even celebrated as an age for women’s empowerment, yet behind the scenes, there has been a long history with highlights and shadows.
Gallery Yamaki Fine Art has been introducing many solo exhibitions of women artists. Through engaging with these artists, we have come to realize that they did not always receive the right evaluation, and noticed furthermore of their difficulties of having to face institutional, social and notional barriers. On the other hand, keeping distance with such oppression, these women never gave up in presenting their works and challenged new mediums with a persistent attitude to pursue new and unique expressions.
By revisiting such backgrounds and expressions, we trace back the path of how female artists today have come to express their languages. And by doing so, we will question on what basis the artists had been evaluated, how their awareness have changed, taking the social backgrounds surrounding the situations of art and women into consideration. We hope that will lead to our deeper understanding.
The fifth exhibition features Kimiyo MISHIMA who represents postwar Japanese art.
Among various works of Mishima, “paper”, especially newspaper motif works will be the main exhibition for this time. 《Newspaper 99-N》《Newspaper 99-NG》 are the two most important ones that is to be exhibited in Kansai area for the first time. They were exhibited in her solo show “Crazy Paper” at INAX Gallery in 1999. From the 1980s, the artist has keenly worked on big scaled artwork, in which these two works included. She says she expressed “the crisis of newspaper endangered by the internet” in these two. Newspapers ranged flat on the wall are conspicuous in them. They are in a way the outdated information that are useless and as such, overwhelming. They are also witnesses of the past and have their own character and tranquility as such. Despite of losing the inevitability due to the IT dominance, paper media are still cycling around us and continue to be disposed. We may expect in them not the information, the content, but just the scrap of paper, the material that is ephemeral but beautiful.
There has lately been soaring revaluation of MISHIMA. We hope that this exhibition including the monumental works that will be exhibited for the first time in Kansai will shed some lights to our modern society.


【Latest Selected Solo Shows】

2016 Taka Ishii Gallery, New York, USA

2015 Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo

2014 Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo

2013 Painting Period 1954-1970,
Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe


1965 The 9th Shell Art Exhibition, Excellence Award

1966 Mainichi Art Competition Award, Kyoto City Museum of Art

1974 Faenza International Ceramic Exhibition, Italy  Gold Medal


1986-87 Studied in the US funded by Rockefeller Foundation(ACC)



Sat. Sep. 2– Sat. Sep. 30, 2017 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17.00 on the last day]
Gallery Yamaki Fine Art   3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
TEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL: info@gyfa.co.jp
One minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)