SHIMAMOTO SHOZO SHIMAMOTO SHOZO

SHIMAMOTO SHOZO

SHIMAMOTO SHOZO

One of the original members of Gutai Art Association since its establishment. Above all, the art of Shimamoto is characterized by its huge-scale dynamism. Shimamoto is internationally recognized by his cannon painting which is using his handmade cannon to shoot color balls and by his bottle-throwing paintings, which he uses the bottle filled with paints. Essence of the art of SHimamoto, which can be said as “the trace of action” itself, embodies the spirit of GUTAI most clearly and contributes to attract international attention for Japanese contemporary art. Also the artist is not the last to focus on Mail Art. Thus, Shimamoto never stops to be a pioneer.

ARTWORKS

IMAGES

Performance in Napoli, Italy, 2006
Performance in Bologna, Italy, 2008
Vento d'Oriente, Certosa di San Giacomo, Italy, 2008
Performance in ReggioEmilia, Italy, 2012
"A", 1955, oil on canvas, board, 255.5 x 183.0 cm
Untitiled, 1967, enamel paint, 116.0 x 72.3 cm
Untitled, 1981, mixedmedia on canvas, 213.5 x 195.0 cm
Untitled, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 208.5 x 150.0 cm
Skinhead Art, paint on skin

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

COLLECTIONS

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo / Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art / Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art / Osaka City Museum of Modern Art / Osaka Prefectural Contempoary Art Collection / Nara Prefectural Museum of Art / Takamatsu City Museum of Art / Ashiya City Museum of Art & History / Miyagi Museum of Art / Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art / National Museum of Art Osaka / Tate Modern (London) / National Gallery of Modern and Contempoary Art (Rome) / Fondazione Morra (Naples) / Pompidou Centre (Paris) / Museum of Communication (Bern) / Ca'Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art (Venice)

 

BIOGRAPHY

1928
Born in Osaka, Japan
1954
Becomes a founding member of the Gutai Movement, and participates in the most important  successive Gutai exhibitions.
1955
At the first Gutai exhibition he shows a revolutionary work to be enjoyed by the body : `Please  walk on here`
1956
Shows a painting realized by using a home-made cannon, at the Outdoor Gutai Art Exhibition
1957
Shows his pioneering video and music concrete works at the first `Gutai Art on Stage`  exhibition
1970
Art producer for 1000 brides of the Artist`s Union group Participates in the Mail Art Project involving 60 countries, becoming one of the chief  representative
1993
Invited to the 45th Venice Biennale as a member of Gutai
1994
Invited to exhibit at Guggenheim Museum, New York
1996
Promotes numerous pacifist activities since meeting Bern Porter, the physician  Who made the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima
1997
He is the only Japanese artists since the Meiji Restoration to have his photo  included in Art History, published by America Albums
1998
Selected as one of the first four best artists of the world from the post-war ,  Along with Jackson Pollock, John Cage and Lucio Fontana on occasion of the `Out of Actions` show held at MOCA
1999
Awarded with the Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon
2000
Large scale performance in Dijon sponsored by Felissimo Museum and Unesco
2001
Invited to the London Japan Year, two works are included in the Tate Gallery  and Tate Modern
2003
Invited to the 50th Venice Biennale, Extra 50
2004-11
Many exhibitions and performances in Europe, mostly in Italy, including `Nyotaku` performance at Ca` Pesaro International Gallery, Venice A performance in Trevi where he throws paint from a helicopter, and Zonezero show in  Dusseldorf

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