Fujiko Nakaja

Associated person(s)
URLsWikipedia German Wikipedia entry
Wikipedia English Wikipedia entry
Review Kenjiro Okazaki: The lucid, unclouded fog—the movement of bright and swinging water particles.
Document Markopoulos, McDougal (Editor): Over the Water: Fujiko Nakaya. San Francisco, 2013.

Award2018Praemium Imperial Award in SculptureThe Japan Art AssociationJapan
Award2017Commandeur, Ordre des Arts et des LettresMinistère de la Culture et de la CommunicationParis, France
Award1993Minister of Construction AwardLondon, EnglandFoggy Forest
Award1993Yoshida Isoya Special AwardJapan
Award1976Australian Cultural AwardAustralian Government/ Australian Council for the ArtsAustraliaFog Sculpture #94768 "Earth Talk"

Solo exhibition2018Fog x FLO20th anniversary of the Emerald Necklace ConservancyEmerald Necklace Conservancy, USAfive site-responsive installations along Fredrick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace
Group exhibition2004Fog Sculpture #28634: "Dialogue", Technology for Living: Experiments in Art and TechnologyNorrköpings konstmuseumNorrköping, Sweden
Art in Public Space1998Fog Sculpture #08025: F.O.G.Guggenheim Museum BilbaoBilbao, SpainPermanent Collection
Solo exhibition1994Greenland Glacial Moraine GardenUkichiro Nakaya Museum of Snow and IceUkichiro Nakaya Museum of Snow and IceKaga City, Japan
Art in Public Space1992Foggy ForestChildren's Park, Showa Memorial ParkTachikawa, Tokyo
Art in Public Space1988Fog Sculpture: SkylineJardin de l'eau, Parc de la VilletteParis, France
Project1983Fog Sculpture #94925: Foggy Wake in a Desert: An EcosphereNational Gallery of AustraliaCanberra, Australia(permanent installation)
Group exhibition1981Waterfall: An Integrated RiverMiyagi Museum of ArtMiyagi, Japan
Group exhibition1980Fog Sculpture: KawajiFestival of Light, Sound and FogTochigi, Japan
Group exhibition1970Fog Sculpture "PEPSI PAVILION"Expo'70Osaka, Japan

Artworks in Collections
National Gallery of AustraliaCanberra, Australia
Guggenheim BilbaoBilbao, Spain

Monography2012978-2951813229Fujiko Nakaya – Brouillard : Edition trilingue Français-Anglais-JaponaisFujiko Nakaya – Brouillard : Edition trilingue Français-Anglais-Japonais978-2951813229France, Nantes 



, Japan
Praemium Imperial Award in Sculpture The Japan Art Association



Paris, France
Commandeur, Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication


Research and teaching

Osaka, Japan
the world's first atmospheric fog sculpture for the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo '70



Evanston, USA
Bachelor of Arts Northwestern University



Sapporo, Japan


Fujiko Nakaya is the first artist to have worked with fog as a sculptural medium. This is not to say that she molds the medium according to her own conception; rather, her approach is a subtle collaboration with water, atmosphere, air currents, and time itself. Experiential and ephemeral in nature, her fog sculptures have certain affinities with Conceptual and Land art, but nevertheless represent a radical departure in the history of art and technology.

Nakaya's work with fog, which she sees as a medium for the transmission of light and shadow, much like video, initially arose from her interest in what she calls "decomposition" or "the process of decaying." As an art student in the United States (where she moved with her family from Japan in the early 1950s), she painted dying flowers, and a series of cloud paintings made after her return to Japan later that decade express her fascination for natural phenomena that "repeatedly form and dissolve themselves." [1] Nakaya's first fog sculpture came about through her involvement with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), an organization dedicated to facilitating and promoting collaborations between engineers and artists; among its founders in 1967 was Robert Rauschenberg, whom Nakaya had first met several years earlier during a visit by the American artist to Tokyo. In 1970 E.A.T. designed the Pepsi-Cola Pavilion for Expo '70 in Tokyo, the first international exposition held in Asia and a watershed for members of the Japanese avant-garde. With the support of other E.A.T. members, Nakaya decided to envelop the pavilion in fog, a feat she accomplished with the aid of an atmospheric physicist named Thomas Mee. The technology developed during this collaborative project has served, with some modifications, in all of Nakaya's subsequent fog sculptures.

https://www.guggenheim-bilbao.eus/en/the-collection/works/fog-sculpture-08025-f-o-g (3.11.2019)


Fog Bridge #72494 photo Fog Bridge #72494 2013 Fujiko Nakaja 
Fog Sculpture #08025 (F.O.G.) photo Fog Sculpture #08025 (F.O.G.) 1998 Fujiko Nakaja