Artist Talk: Shigeo Toya

Date(s) : April 21 (Saturday), 2018

Time : 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The artist Shigeo Toya will give a talk about his work on April 21 (Sat.) at 2:00 to 3:30 pm. There is will be no charge for the event, but museum admission is required.
*The event will be given in Japanese.

Shigeo Toya
Shigeo Toya is widely recognized as one of Japan’s leading contemporary sculptors. Since the first showing his work POMPEII · · 79 in 1974, Toya has ceaselessly explored the principles and structure of sculpture. His career began with a series of conceptual pieces with which he sought to redefine the concept of sculpture, followed by the “Forest” series launched in 1984, the “From Boundary” series in 1994 and “Minimal Baroque” series around 2000. In these works, Toya’s aim was to reconstruct a sculpture that had been deconstructed during and after the Post-Minimalism and the Mono-ha movements and to explore new possibilities.

He has held solo exhibitions at many art museums including the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in 1995, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in 2003, Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum in 2006 and Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in 2011. He has held solo exhibitions at such galleries as ShugoArts and Kenji Taki Gallery. He has participated in the 1988 Venice Biennale, “Primal Spirit – Ten Contemporary Japanese Sculptors” (North American tour) in 1990, the Gwangju Biennale in 2000 and the Kiev Biennale in 2012 and other international exhibitions. He won the Fumio Asakura Memorial Prize in 1988, Denchu Hiragushi Prize in 1995, the Asia Award at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize in 2004, and the Teijiro Nakahara Prize in 2015. In 2009, he was awarded a Purple Ribbon Medal by the Government of Japan. In 2006, he was appointed professor of sculpture at Musashino Art University where he dedicated himself to the training of the future generation of sculptors. He retired from teaching this spring.


East Corridor at Hara Museum ARC


free (reservation and museum admission fee required)