Kishio Suga (1944-) graduated from Tama Art University in 1968. Since as early as his student days he has consistently produced work of remarkable originality, and is recognized as the leading artist of the “Mono-ha” movement that flourished in the 1970s and has recently been reexamined and recognized internationally. By careful placement of mono (things) such as stones, wood and other natural and architectural materials, Suga’s work possesses the unique ability to activate the space itself. Through his creative intervention Suga visualizes the inherent power of unprocessed objects, their structure and origins, and their rich idiosyncrasy. Suga’s explorations of what it is to see things and how to perceive existence are fundamental, yet highly fresh now in the exuberance of contemporary visual culture. This exhibition will mainly feature Suga’s new work, in which the objects possess a scintillating vibrancy.
Kishio Suga Situated Latency
2015.1.24 (Sat) – 3.22 (Sun)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
2014.11.2 (Sun) – 2015.3.24 (Tue)
Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Shizuoka)
Kishio Suga was born in Morioka city, Iwate Prefecture in 1944. In 1968 he graduated from the Department of Painting at Tama Art University, and served as a central member of the art movement Mono-ha that took place from the late 1960s to the 1970s. For over 50 years since, Suga has continued to pursue a consistent philosophy and actively develop his artistic practice, paving his own unique path as one of the leading figures of Postwar Japanese art in our times. Even in recent years when the reevaluation of Mono-ha has been gaining much international recognition, he persists in further deepening his contemplation, with his unfaltering passion and enthusiasm for his practice serving to define the presentness of his work.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1968, Suga has presented work on over 400 occasions in numerous exhibitions both within Japan and abroad. Recent years in particular have seen remarkable developments and achievements in his career. He was selected for the 57th Venice Biennale, “VIVA ARTE VIVA” I 2017, receiving high acclaim for Law of Situation in which he recreated of one of his early representative works in the form of an installation floating on water. In that same year Suga participated in the group exhibition “Japanorama: New Vision of JAPAN from 1970,”curated by Yuko Hasegawa that was held at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. In 2018, solo exhibitions of his works were held concurrently across three venues in Tokyo at THE CLUB (Ginza), Tomio Koyama Gallery (Roppongi), and 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery (Shibuya). This year, Suga was invited to serve as a guest artist for “30th Anniversary of the Yokohama Museum of Art: Meet the Collection” (~until June 23, 2019) to create unique encounters between his own works and those he selected from the museum collection.
Suga’s works were added to the collections of the Centre Pompidou and Dia: Chelsea in 2018, and are also housed in numerous prominent museums throughout the world including the Tate Modern, Dallas Museum of Art, M+, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.