Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist, known to have multi talent, as a painter, engraver, sculptor, potter, Akutagawa Prize winning novelist, essayist, and also a movie director.
1934 Born in Mukden, Manchuria (now known as Shenyang).
1945 After the Second World War he was repatriated with his parents to Nagano prefecture, lived there during his youth until graduation of high school.
1960 Made his debut as artist, awarded at international engraving exhibitions
1965 Held private exhibition as the first Japanese artist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
1966 Awarded the International Grand Prix in the Prints Section of the Venice Biennale
Beside his work as artist based in Tokyo and New York, worked as a novelist, and won the Akutagawa Prize by the novel “Eige-kai ni Sasagu (Homage to the Aegean)”, and the movie which he directed had also received a good reputation. Later, he moved to a studio apartment in the resort town of Atami, created and expanded the range of expression through the three-dimensional pottery and bronze artworks.
On March 8, 1997, still in the middle of hearty creative activities, passed away at the age of 63. A month later, Masuo Ikeda Art Museum opened on April 18, 1997. Memorial and retrospective exhibitions are often being held after his death.
1973 Born in Kyoto, Japan / Graduated from The Post Graduate Program in Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Fine Art, Printmaking Course
2000 Cracow International Prints Triennial 2000 (Poland)
2001 Celebrating Japan Past and Present (Royal Albert Memorial Museum/England), Made in Japan (Bristol City Museum/England), Japan and Bulgaria Contemporary Print Exhibition (Bulgaria National Gallery)
2013 Calm Poems of Intaglio Color Printing (Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts)
2017 25 Artists Exhibition (Sato Art Museum), “Dance! of Autumn Color” Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji Art Exhibition (Park Hotel Tokyo), Solo Exhibition (Shinobazu Gallery/Tokyo)
Kyoto City New Artist Prize, The Mayor‘s Prize (Kyoto Municipal Museum), Sapporo International Print Biennial, The Sponsor’s Prize (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art), The Sponsor’s Prize (Prints Exhibition, Hamamatsu Municipal Museum of Art, Shizuoka
Masuo Ikeda, Chiaki Shuji
Admission Free / Open daily
(*There maybe occasions due to events in the ART Lounge when viewing is not possible)
“Dance! of Autumn Color” Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji Art Exhibition will be held as the 22nd ART colours Exhibition celebrating Japan's four seasons in art.
This year, it will be 20 years since Masuo Ikeda (1934-1997) passed away. He was active worldwide on account of his many talents. Not only was he an artist, he was the first to receive the Akutagawa Prize as an artist, and was also a film director. He held a private exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and designed the Nagano Olympic monument. Chiaki Shuji (1973-), who won a prize at a competition bearing Ikeda's name, is a contemporary artist living in Kyoto known for her work combining brilliant colors and fine line drawings.
This exhibition, featuring the work of these two colorists (color artists) that transcend generations, expresses the vibrant autumn colors. At the entrance on the 25th floor, you'll be greeted with a six-panel folding screen by Masuo Ikeda, and enjoy the contrast with the colorful works of Shuji Chiaki decorating the opposite wall. And at the elevator hall and Gallery Room on the 31st floor, the second exhibition venue, you'll see Shuji's dancing watercolors, while in the six windows of the corridor, lithographs with Ikeda's vivid colorings will be exhibited.
The collaboration between these two artists, which will be exhibited at the atrium style lobby and the winding corridor on 31st floor, will make you feel the splendor of the changing seasons. Please enjoy the beauty of Japan in the sunshine and beneath the moonlight.