The contemporary art in Japan (1970-2004) '21701792622','japart','art'); //--> .. en français

The contemporary art in Japan is naturally influenced by the world contemporary art. But the power of the Japanese traditions, the oppressive presence of a dense urban environment and the various traumatism undergone by Japan for 60 years (defeat of 1945, Hiroshima, earthquakes, economic crisis, etc.) involve a production very rich, original and little known.

Some examples, paintings, sculptures, photographs, classified very arbitrarily by broad topics: All the artists

- A modern vision of the traditional arts of Japan

- A rather classic geometrical abstraction

- Land-Art, Minimal-Art

- A popular art influenced by mangas and vidéos & "Kawaii"

- The obsessional presence of the city and the technique

- The big fears of Japan

- The difficult search for an identity special : Araki Nobuyoshi

-Contemporary Architects: Kenzo Tange, Tadao Ando, Kengo Kuma et Fumihiko Maki, (in french)

All the Artists:

A modern vision of the traditional arts of Japan

Many artists continue, by renewing it, the tradition of the classic Japanese arts, the paint on folding screen, engraving, calligraphy, ikebana.

Yoshihiro Suda practises an original art, formed of small meticulous installations, realized on the ground or in height. The flowers and the leaves are made of fine wooden sculptures of magnolias, assembled and painted.

Hotori et Morita has rather close styles, although of different generations.

Hisashi Tenmyouya, born 1966 in Tokyo

1991-1996 Worked at record company as an art director and designer.

Yoshihiro Suda (b 1969 in Yamanashi)
in the height
on the the floor

Miyoko Hotori

( b. 1927 )

Rieko Morita

( b. 1955 )

Isao Sugiyama ( born 1954)

Sculptures inspirated by Shinto sanctuaries

marble, wood and paper

Akira Yamaguchi born 1969 in Tokyo

1994 Graduated from painting course (oil painting), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Kyosuke Tchinai, born 1946 in Namikata Ohchi, Ehime, Graduated from painting course, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music1967.

Ryotaro Endo is born 1967 in Saitama, Japan.
He completed 1997 the Doctor Program of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in Oil Painting Department
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1997 Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Exhibition Hall, Tokyo
1998 Cable Street Gallery, London
2001 The Gallery Saatchi & Saatchi, Tokyo
2003 "L'amour courtois", Base Gallery, Tokyo
2004 "Painting Land", T&S Gallery, Tokyo



Since the beginning of the 20th century, the abstraction is a continuous tendency of the contemporary art worldwide.

Isamu Noguchi ( 1904 Los-Angeles- 1988)
American-Japanese, he worked in New-York, Tokyo, Paris

see Yokohama museum

Tadaichi Ishikawa ( b. 1937 )


Kumi Sugai ( b. 1919 Kobe - d 1996 )

worked in Paris and Tokyo

Atsuko Tanaka ( b 1932 Osaka ), works in Nara.
He was one of the leaders of the japanese movement " Gutaļ " which had a world impact in the 1970s

Kiichi Sumikawa

b. 1931 Tokyo

Sculpture wood and iron

Ikko Tanaka

Ikko Tanaka is born in Nara in 1930, he graduated from the Kyoto City School of Art before starting work as a designer at first Kanebo Ltd., then the Sankei Shimbun in Osaka.
He moved to Tokyo in 1957, founded the Ikko Tanaka Design Studio in 1963 and was active in a wide range of fields, working on the Tokyo Olympics and the World Exposition of Osaka. He is also in the permanent collections of many museums including the Stedelijk Museum in The Netherlands, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Kyoto Institute of Technology. He was a laureate of The Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in New York and has also received the Asahi Prize from Asahi Shinbun.
He received particular praise, both at home and abroad, for the way in which he took traditional Japanese motifs and recreated them within a modern context.
He died on January 10, 2002.

Minimal Art, Land Art

Kimio Tsuchiya

b. 1955 Fukui, works in Tokyo
He realized numerous exhibitions in Japan, in Europe and in Australia, big sculptures or installations outdoors with rough materials.


Shiro Hayami

( b 1927 )


"Land Art"

painted stones on a beach

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