Kenji INUMAKI: ’22 Study 

Kenji INUMAKI:  ’22 Study 

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition, ’22 Study, from 3 Dec. 2022~3 Feb. 2023 by Kenji Inumaki, who was highly acclaimed in the 1970s as an important trend contemporary with the Mono-ha school. This exhibition, his fourth at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art in three years, will feature new works from his “White works series; Sort of primitive idealistic space” series (white works) and new works using his own rollers, which he has been working on continuously in recent years, as well as rare drawings from the 1980s and two-dimensional works using ink pots. and ink pot works.

Kenji Inumaki was born in Osaka in 1943, and gained attention as one of the artists of the Mono-ha school with his string works that appear to be made of standing glass and his three-dimensional works using wire, which he exhibited around 1970. His works, which were based on the interpretation and composition of minimal art rooted in the Japanese climate, were exhibited at the “10th Japan International Art Exhibition: Human and Material” (1970, curated by Yusuke Nakahara) and the “8th Biennale des Youth in Paris” (1973), and are highly regarded as one of the most important benchmarks of this period. From the mid-1970s, he developed his thinking in two-dimensional works, producing original works that evoke the artist’s breath and delicate fluctuation, such as squares of square paper painted with colored pencils and colored surfaces painted with light colors of watercolor paints. As art critic Yusuke Nakahara called his “line-ism,” Inumaki consistently creates works in which the repetition of the simple act of “drawing a line” is the result, or expression, of his work.

In this exhibition, we present a series of ambitious works that approach the act of “drawing lines” more directly through intuition and impulse. With a keen eye on the contemporary, Inumaki continues to experiment with materials and techniques while exploring the relationship between “human and material” today. We hope you will take this opportunity to view his new works, which show new developments.


*Winter holiday:24 Dec, 2022- 10 Jan, 2023

*Temporary closure:12 Jan, 2023- 16 Jan,  2023


”Kenji INUMAKI Solo exhibition ’22 Study”

Session: 3 Dec, 2022-3 Feb, 2023

Closed on Sunday and Monday

Venue: Gallery Yamaki Fine Art/3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2022" '22 Study ", Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2019"Study Umber…。", Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2015Solo Exhibition of Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2014Solo Exhibition of Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
1999"Solo Show" , Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
1996“Kenji INUMAKI: Shaping as Evidence”, INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo
1996“Art in Kyoto: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 18 The Works of Kenji INUMAKI”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
1987“Kenji INUMAKI: To Color“, INAX Gallery Osaka, Osaka, Japan
1980"Kenji INUMAKI-Drawings-", Gallery 16, Kyoto
1974"Kenji INUMAKI-Drawing-", Gallery 16, Kyoto
1969Gallery 16, Kyoto

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2022(日本語) 「Art Collaboration Kyoto (ACK):ギャラリーヤマキファインアートブース」国立京都国際会館イベントホール(京都)
2022(日本語) 「Study:大阪・関西国際芸術祭 / アートフェア 2022」グランフロント大阪 北館1F ナレッジプラザ、ギャラリーヤマキファインアートブース(大阪)
2021(日本語) 「Art Collaboration Kyoto (ACK):ギャラリーヤマキファインアートブース」国立京都国際会館イベントホール(京都)
2021(日本語) 「2021年度 第I期 コレクション展」豊田市美術館(愛知)
2021(日本語) 「狗巻賢二、中原浩大、毛利武士郎 – 村松画廊コレクションより」Satoko Oe Contemporary(東京)
2021(日本語) 「Metamorphosis and Evolution 変容と進化」emmy art +(東京)
2020(日本語) 台北Dangdai Art & Ideas:ギャラリーヤマキファインアートブース(台湾)
2020(日本語) 「CADAN:現代美術」寺田倉庫B&Cホール ギャラリーヤマキファインアートブース(東京)
2018(日本語) 「戦後の日本美術展」ギャラリーヤマキファインアート(神戸)
2018“Collection / galerie16 Kenji INUMAKI・Yoshihisa KITATSUJI・MOON Seung-Keun”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
2016(日本語) 「ペーパーワーク展」ギャラリーヤマキファインアート(神戸)
2016“over the ages”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
2014"1974 A Turning Point in Postwar Japanese Art : part Ⅱ", The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Gunma
2014Mono-ha (School of Things) vs. Support / Surface, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2014Special Show / Tatuso KAWAGUCHI・Kenji INUMAKI, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Hyogo
2012‘The Link Between Words and Art: An Homage to Nakahara Yusuke’
2009“23th Ube Biennale: Contemporary Japan Sculpture”, Ube City Outdoors Sculpture Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan
2005“Reconsidering Mono-ha”, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2005“10th Anniversary Time of Tokyo Municipal Museum 1926-1970”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2004“Evidence: Bodies and Thoughts in postwar art”, The National Museum of Art, Kyoto, traveled to The National Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1995“1970: Matters and Parception Mono-ha and other artists questioning roots”, Gifu Prefectural Museum of Art, Gifu, Japan, traveled to Hiroshima City Museum of Art and Kitakyushu Municipal The Museum of Modern and The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole, France
1991“BACK AND FORTH-5 -In the Wake of the Seventies-”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
1984“20 years of Contemporary Japanese Art”, Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan
1981“FINAL'81”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
1976“Collage and Frottage”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
1974“Japan: Tradition and Modern”, Stadtmuseum Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
1974“ALL OVER & OVER ALL or retrospective exhibition”, Gallery 16, Kyoto
1972Gallery 16, Kyoto
1968“New Geometric Group Exhibition in Japan”, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan, traveled to Auckland Museum, California, USA['69]
1968“Kyoto Independent Exhibition ‘68”, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto, Japan
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Dec 3, 2022 - Fri. Feb 3, 2023 
Hours11:00 - 13:00 / 14:00 - 18:00 
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)