Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

TypeArtist
Male
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Awards
Artist in residence2005 - 2006Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio ProgrammeBerlin
Scholarship2004 - 2005Agency for Cultural AffairsTokyo, Japan
Award20014. Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art desTaro Okamoto Museum of ArtKawasaki, Japan
Scholarship2001 - 2002Pola Art FoundationTokyo, Japan
Artist in residence2001 - 2002International Studio & Curatorial ProgramNew York, USA
Artist in residence2000Big CityBanff Art CenterCanada
Scholarship1998 - 1999Asian Cultural CouncilNew York, USA


Exhibitions
Group exhibition2009From Home to the Museum:Tanaka Tsuneko CollectionThe Museum of Modern ArtWakayama, Japan
Solo exhibition2006DevelopmentTVKünstlerhaus BethanienBerlin, Germany
Group exhibition2005Light Art from Artificial LightZKMKarlsruhe, Germany
Solo exhibition2004CENTAURE 1.5 timesYamanashi Prefectural Museum of ART.YAMANASHIJapan
Group exhibition2001Tokyo rabbit paradise projectSelfridgesLondon, England
Group exhibition2001NEO-TOKYOMuseum of Contemporary ArtSydney, Australia
Solo exhibition1999Girl FriendWestbeth ApartmentNew York, USA
Project1995 - 1996365 PROJECTJapanAll over the country in Japan
Solo exhibition1991Cut off the Namegallery NatsukabTokyo, Japan
Group exhibition19887th Persons ExhibitionYamanashi Art MuseumYamanashi, Japan
Group exhibition1988Philip Morris Art AwardTOKYO International ForumTokyo, Japan


Artworks in Collections
Banff Art CenterBanff, CanadaEarth of dust
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of ArtYamanashi, JapanCENTAURE 1.5 times


Publications
Monograph2005RevolverHappo: Yoshiaki KaihatsuYoshiaki Kaihatsu3865881580Frankfurt 


2004
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Exhibitions

Venice, Italy
Venice Architecture Biennale, Japanese Pavilion

2004
2001
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Awards

Kawasaki, Japan
4. Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

2001
1993
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Education

Tokyo, Japan
Master of Arts, Tama Art University

1993
1991
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Education

Tokyo, Japan
Bachelor of Arts, Tama Art University

1991
1966
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Born

Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

1966

I am primarily interested in social services projects. Following the belief that works of art do not necessarily have to be objects, I am working on projects that incorporate direct communication with people. However, as viewers often experience problems in identifying such intangible projects with artworks, in my attempt to find new ways of expression, I conceive my works as tools, which can be immediately recognised as art by any viewer.
My work is thus engaged in providing social services, which may lead to a form of art activism. I believe that this approach favours the emergence of an advanced form of insubstantial art, echoing the forging of a new mentality and social change in the near future.

(Yoshiaki Kaihatsu)

https://www.bethanien.de/en/artists/yoshiaki-kaihatsu/ (29.05.2019)

From a distance they resemble winter snow palaces. But those who approach Yoshiaki Kaihatsu's large and luminous sculptures encounter styrofoam as building material. Not just any styrofoam but molded packaging material that once protected consumer goods from damage in transit. Under Kaihatsu's hands, it transforms into temples, a tea house or abstract sculptures that can all be entered. Like UFOs, these architectures glow from within, giving them a touch of science-fiction. In a "negative" way, they represent two things at the same time. On the one hand, they are literally negative forms. On the other, their material and lighting include the ambiguities and uncertainties of a "bright future".
The artist faced the dangers of such a future directly with a work not made from styrofoam. This time Kaihatsu built a small wooden house near the evacuated village of Idate, not far from the reactor ruin of Fukushima. He invited politicians to stay there to reflect on the consequences of the devastating tsunami and other tragic events such as 9/11. Yoshiaki Kaihatsu has once compared his art with social service, which he conceives not as objects but as tools "that are immediately recognized by every viewer as works of art, in an effort to develop new forms of expression."
 

https://www.mikikosatogallery.com/en/artists/yoshiaki-kaihatsu/ (29.05.2019)

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CENTAURE 1.5 times photo CENTAURE 1.5 times 2004 Yoshiaki Kaihatsu 
Happô-En photo Happô-En 2001 Yoshiaki Kaihatsu