Kyoji Takubo

Kyoji Takubo (°1949, Ehime) studied painting at Tama Art University. He started his career as an artist in 1971, exhibiting 5 series of solo shows ‘Image Judgement’at the galleries in Tokyo. In 1980s he focused on the creation of objets d’art, and represented Japan in the 41st Venice Biennale.

 

Furthermore, in collaboration with architect Ryoji Suzuki and photographer Shigeo Anzai, he produced the project ‘Absolute Scene – 1987’ showing viewers the process of tearing down two old houses. This project took him far in his artistic odyssey to explore works involved with architecture which arose with memories and history ingrained in a specific place.

 

From 1989, moving to Normandy, France, with his family, he devoted 11 years to the restoration of a small abandoned chapel. For the project of ‘La Chapelle des Pommiers’ ,  Takubo received Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture.

After returning to Japan, he has been undertaken the restoration of the whole sanctuary of Kompira-san shrine in Shikoku and many other projects producing ‘Landscape Art’ that will live even after the disappearance of the artist.

 

He has exhibited at galleries and museums including Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Ohara Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Museum of Art, Ehime, etc.

Visiting professor in Tama Art University, Distinguished Guest Scholar in University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo.

EXHIBITIONS

2019

KOTARO NUKAGA, ‘Sensory Cell 2019’, Tokyo, Japan

2012

The Museum of Art Ehime, ‘The World of Takubo Kyoji’, Ehime, Japan

2011

Ohara Museum of Art, ‘Takubo Kyoji -Landscape of Kurashiki-’, Okayama, Japan

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, ‘Kyoji Takubo Scenery Art’, Tokyo, Japan

2001

The Museum of Art Ehime, ‘TAKUBO 1974 – 2001 DE L’OBJET AU PAYSAGE’, Ehime, Japan

1991

Chateau de la Fresnaye, ‘Takubo -Project of Chapelle de Saint-Vigor-de-Mieux and Recent Works’, Calvados, France

1988

The Hakone Open-Air Museum, ‘Kyoji Takubo’, Kanagawa, Japan

1986

Fuji Television Gallery, ‘Kyoji Takubo’, Tokyo, Japan

1984

Galerie Beaubourg, ‘[Paris-Tokyo] Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition’, Paris, France

Fuji Television Gallery, ‘Kyoji Takubo’, Tokyo,Japan

1982

Muramatsu Gallery, ‘OBELISK’, Tokyo, Japan

1980

Tokiwa Gallery, ‘OBELISK’, Tokyo, Japan

1976

Gallery Nirenoki, ‘PACK EVENT’, Tokyo, Japan

1975

Maki Gallery:Snack Keshigomu, ‘Joint Event〈The Story of Drinking Up a Bottle of Bourbon〉’, Tokyo, Japan

1974

Gallery Nirenoki, ‘Display of Arts Objects’, Tokyo, Japan

1973

Tokiwa Gallery, ‘Image Judgement-Ⅴ’, Tokyo, Japan

Gallery Nirenoki, ‘Image Judgement-Ⅳ’, Tokyo, Japan

1972

Muramatsu Gallery, Tamura Gallery, ‘Image Judgement-Ⅲ’, Tokyo, Japan

Tamura Gallery, ‘Image Judgement-Ⅱ:3・31 Event’, Tokyo, Japan

1971

Muramatsu Gallery, ‘Image Judgement-Ⅰ’, Tokyo, Japan

2018

The National Museum of Art, ‘New Wave: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1980s’, Osaka, Japan

2016

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, ‘Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s 90th Anniversary Exhibition
Dialogue with Trees ―Five Stories of Rebirth and Renewal’
, Tokyo, Japan

2008

Guimet Museum, ‘KONPIRA-SAN Sanctuary of the Sea – Treasures of Japanese Painting’, Paris, France

Mie Prefectural Art Museum, ‘The Mural Art of Kotohira-gu Shrine’, Mie, Japan

2007

The National Museum of Art, ‘The 30th Anniversary:Collection of the National Museum of Art’, Osaka, Japan

1995

Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art,‘1945-1995 Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years’, Fukuoka, Japan

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art,‘1945-1995 Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years’, Hiroshima, Japan

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art,‘1945-1995 Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years’, Hyogo, Japan

Meguro Museum of Art,‘1945-1995 Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years’, Tokyo, Japan

1993

Aquitaine Regional Council, ‘Exhibition of Landes Region Partners’, Gironde, France

Musée Despiau-Wlérick, ‘Exhibition of Landes Region Partners’, Mont-de-Marsan, France

1992

Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna , ‘AVANGUARDIE GIAPPONESI DEGLI ANNI 70’, Bologna, Italy

Setagaya Art Museum, ‘My Home Sweet Home in Ruins The Urban Environment and Art in Japan’, Tokyo, Japan

1991

FIAC’91(Foire internationale d’art contemporain), Paris, France

1987

Construction site of FRU:X Gaien, ‘Absolute Scene – 1987’, Tokyo, Japan

The National Museum of Art, ‘The Tenth Anniversary Exhibition / PAINTING 1977-1987’, Osaka, Japan

The Seibu Museum of Art, ‘Art in Japan since 1969 / MONO-HA and POST MONO-HA’, Tokyo, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, ‘Contemporary Icon’, Saitama, Japan

1986

Tsukashin Hall, ‘Contemporary Art・The Pioneers and The Present – From The Ohara Museum of Art Collection’, Hyogo, Japan

Institute Français, ‘For New Development of「Space, Material, Expression」’, Tokyo, Japan

1985

Fuji Television Gallery, ‘Artists’ Books: JAPAN’, Tokyo, Japan

Franklin Furnace, ‘Artists’ Books: JAPAN’, NY, USA

Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, ‘Beauty of Wood: Between Painting and Sculpture’, Hokkaido, Japan

Fukuoka Art Museum, ‘2nd Asian Art Show, FUKUOKA’, Fukuoka, Japan

Iwaki City Art Museum, ‘Another art museum〈Over the Dismantling〉’, Fukushima, Japan

Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery, ‘CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE IN JAPAN – WOOD’, Kanagawa, Japan

1984

Yurakucho Asahi Hall, ‘Exchange d’Art Contemporain, [Tokyo – Paris] 8 + 8’, Tokyo, Japan

The Contemporary Art Gallery, ‘Art Today’, Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, ‘Artists Today’, Kanagawa, Japan

The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, ‘Forms of Today No. 2: Wood and Paper ─Dialogue with Nature─’, Gifu, Japan

Japanese Pavilion, ‘41st Venice Biennale’, Venice, Italy

1983

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, ‘A Panorama of Contemporary Art in Japan-Sculptures’, Toyama, Japan

Gallery TE, ‘Ten Years From the Turning Point of the Mid 70’s, Works of 9 Artists – To Question Quality’, Tokyo, Japan

1982

Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, ‘NOVEMBER STEPS – Artists Today’, Kanagawa, Japan

GALLERY UEDA WAREHOUSE, ‘WOOD and PAPER WORKS ’82’, Tokyo, Japan

Ohara Center of Tokyo, ‘Exhibition of parallelism in art’, Tokyo, Japan

Kunsthalle Nüremberg , ‘Drawing・Documenta’, Nüremberg, Germany

Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, ‘International Graphic Art Exhibition’, Basque, Spain

1981

Tokiwa Gallery, ‘Joint Exhibition of Shu Takagi, Sei-ichi Shimizu, Kyoji Takubo’, Tokyo, Japan

1979

Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, ‘Artists Today’, Kanagawa, Japan

1978

Muramatsu Gallery, ‘TOKYO GEIJUTSU – 4’, Tokyo, Japan

1977

Tamura Gallery, ‘TOKYO GEIJUTSU – 4’, Tokyo, Japan

Palais de Tokyo, Musée d’Art Moderne,  ‘9th Biennale de Paris’, Paris, France

1976

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, ‘The 3rd Kyoto Biennale’, Kyoto, Japan

Maki Gallery, ‘Pan Conceptuals’, Tokyo, Japan

1975

Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, ‘9th Biennale de Paris’, Paris, France

Musée national d’Art moderne, ‘9th Biennale de Paris’, Paris, France

1974

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, ‘11th Tokyo Biennale’, Tokyo, Japan

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, ‘11th Tokyo Biennale’, Kyoto, Japan

1973

Pinar Gallery, ‘ 〈Affair〉and〈Practice〉-12 Artists Exhibition’, Tokyo, Japan

1971

Takanawa Art Museum, ‘6th International Biennale’, Tokyo, Japan

1970

Muramatsu Gallery, ‘Joint Exhibition of 3 Artists’, Tokyo, Japan

1969

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, ‘Kohdo Art Exhibition’, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, ‘The Modern Art Exhibition’, Tokyo, Japan

Born

  • Ehime, Japan, 1949

Resides

  • Lives and works in Chiba and Tokyo