Kimiyo MISHIMA Exhibition

Kimiyo MISHIMA Exhibition

Gallery Yamaki Fine Art is honored to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of Kimiyo MISHIMA from 3rd – 31st October 2020. This fourth exhibition of MISHIMA’s works at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art will showcase a new sculptural piece, which has been withheld by the artist in anticipation of this exhibition.

Beginning with her collages from the 1960s using newspapers and magazines, MISHIMA began transposing printed materials onto ceramics to create sculptural works in the 1970s. These ceramic pieces confront the consequences of our greed for readily-available information and our complacency as consumerists. 

Throughout her oeuvre, MISHIMA has remained captivated by the incessant flow of mass information in contemporary life, and questions the fate of the endless amounts of waste emitted from our relentless consumerist habits. Although MISHIMA sounds alarm bells on the mass-production of both information and waste in modern society, her works are light-hearted and even humorous at times. She remains attuned to the constantly evolving nature of our lifestyles while reflecting on the crises of modern society with wit and vision.

The sculptural centerpiece of the exhibition was envisioned in 1988 and withheld in the artist’s atelier in Gifu prefecture since. Weathered over time, the sculptures have physically transformed into a truly beguiling work of what appears as ‘waste’. The physical attributes which mark the meaning and value of the sculptures have been erased over time – its containers shattered by the remains of debris – appearing to become autonomous as it multiplies in form. For the first time in thirty-odd years, this work will leave the artist’s atelier to become a part of this anticipated exhibition.

Accompanying the sculptures, the walls of the gallery are covered with panels of photos of MISHIMA’s atelier located in Juso, Osaka, where the artist has worked for close to sixty years. There are various scenes of the ordinary mixed with the extraordinary; daily necessities of the atelier have been brought into the gallery space to offer an invaluable insight into the mind of the artist. MISHIMA’s works dare to alter our perspectives of the ordinary, and is sure to be an important signpost for our consumerist society.

We hope you will take this opportunity to visit this site-specific exhibition at Gallery Yamaki Fine Art of MISHIMA’s latest works.

【Selected solo Exhibitions】
2023“MISHIMA Kimiyo: Play Watch Create” Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
2023CADAN: CADAN: Gendai Bijutsu 2023, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Booth, Tokyo
2022“Kimiyo Mishima”, GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS GINZA ATRIUM, Tokyo Japan.
2020Mishima Kimiyo, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
20204th Collection Gallery Exhibition: Mishima Kimiyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2018'Works since the painting period 1970-,' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan.
2018Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Switzerland.
2017"Newspaper99N/ Newspaper99-NG,” Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan.
2017Frieze New York 2017, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art Booth, New York, USA.
2017“Early Works,” MEM, Tokyo, Japan.
2016Taka Ishii Gallery, New York, USA.
2015“Kimiyo Mishima at Art Factory Jonanjima, Tokyo, Japan.

【Selected Group Exhibitions】
2024'Here and There and Back Again, Japanese Art 1964 – 2024' Nicolas Krupp Gallery (Switzerland)
2024'Artist ni Manabu Sekai no Mikata' Ashiya City Museum of Art and History  (Hyogo)
2024Group Exhibition: group exhibition: Relief to Three Dimensional, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2023"Re: Starline 1963-1970/2023 Sympathetic Relations between the Museum and Artists as Seen in the Trends in Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition", The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
2023"11thEnku Grand Award Exhibition: Resonances-Transmission and Creation in the Spirit of Enku-", The Museum of Fine Arts Gif ,Gifu,Japan
2023The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
2022“POLA MUSEUM OF ART 20th ANNIVERSARY: From Monet to Richter, featuring works from the new collection”, POLA MUSEUM OF ART, Kanagawa, Japan
2022“VOID of NIPPON 77: Postwar Art History Landscape Sequence”, GYRE GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2022Mori no Iro, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
2022“In Commemoration of the Gold Prize of the Ceramic Society of Japan, Takuro Kuwata and Kimiyo Mishima Exhibition” Kochukyo, Tokyo, Japan
2022GYFA Show II “Post-war Female Artists
2022Listening to Clay, Joan B Mirviss LTD, New York
2021Metamorphosis and Evolution, emmy art+, Tokyo
2021Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging 16 Women Artists from around the World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2019"Children and Adults : What Does This Look Like? ," Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Hyogo, Japan
2019"The Yamamura Collection: Gutai and the Japanese Avant-Garde 1950s–1980s," Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, Japan
2019'Taipei Dangdai Art &Ideas', Gallery Yamaki Fine Art booth, Taiwan
2018Collection 2: The 1980s Zeitgeist as a Point of Departure, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2018“Shigeji and Kimiyo Mishima,” MEM, Tokyo, Japan.
2017Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, MEM Booth, Hong Kong.
2017Chronicle, Chronicle!, Creative Center Osaka, Japan.
2016Taipei 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.

2022the 11th Enku Prize
2022the 63rd Mainichi Art Award
20212021 Agency for Cultural Affairs Commissioner's Commendation
2019The 5th Ando Tadao Cultural Foundation Award, Japan
2019Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, Turin, Italy
2002Received Yaizu Mayor’s prize at the show ‘Humor’, Shizuoka, Japan.
2001The Contemporary Sculpture exhibition, Yamaguchi Prefectural Prize and The Citizen Prize, Ubeshi Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum, Yamaguchi, Japan.
1996Sai no Kuni Chokoku Variety 1996, Grand Prize, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
1989International Ceramics, winner of the Copper Prize, Tajimi Gymnasium, Japan.
1988Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture Exhibition 1988, Gold Prize, Gifu Toki City Culture Plaza, Japan.
1974International Ceramic Exhibition, winner of Gold Medal, Faenza, Ceramic Museum, Faenza, Italy.
1966Kansai Dokuritsu Effort Prize at Kansai Dokuritsu Exhibition, Japan.
1965Winner of the Prize at the Ninth Annual Shell Exhibition, Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo, Japan.
1964Kansai Dokuritsu Prize at Kansai Dokuritsu Exhibition, Japan.
1963Dokuritsu Winner of the Grand Prix at Exhibition.
【Artist Information】

SessionSat. Oct 3, 2020 - Sat. Oct 31, 2020 Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Hours11:00-13:00 / 14:00-19:00 [-17:00 on the last day]
PlaceGallery Yamaki Fine Art
Venue3-9-5-2F Motomachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0022
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AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)