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】
2020Mishima Kimiyo, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe
20204th Collection Gallery Exhibition: Mishima Kimiyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2018Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Switzerland.
2018'Works since the painting period 1970-,' Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan.
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】
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
1963Dokuritsu Winner of the Grand Prix at Exhibition.
1965Received honorable mention at the Ninth Shell Art Award.
1974International Ceramic Exhibition, winner of Gold Medal, Faenza, Ceramic Museum, Italy.
【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
ContactTEL: 078-391-1666  FAX : 078-391-1667  MAIL:
AccessOne minute walk from Motomachi Station, West exit (JR/ Hanshin Line)