Nobuko Watanabe
Japan, b.1948


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Nobuko Watanabe is the crossing artist between art and music after finishing her studies in Piano at the Soai Women’s University. She has developed her ideas about relationship between two contrasting subjects such as humans and materials, the past and the present, time and space, color and shape and sound and space. A style of her works that she has developed for the past 40 years is somewhat unique. We can see tension when colorful fabrics are pulled and mounted on a wooden frame; such tension creates natural curves, which can be seen as sophisticated relief sculptures per se. Sculptures and installation artworks displayed at this exhibition were created from the late 1990s to the present; they incorporate a wide range of art, which is based upon colors. Nobuko met the Gutai group artists at her early stage, which has been at the forefront of Japanese avant-garde art. Nobuko Watanabe is the recipient of the grand prize at the Yoshihara Jiro Art Competition (1999), while she developed her career in Europe and Japan. Later on, she hosted large-scale solo exhibitions at Aomori Contemporary Art Center (2002) and Otani Memorial Art Museum (2001). As of now, her exhibitions are going on in major cities of Germany and France and her works are included in the collections of Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art and Otani Memorial Art Museum.

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Relief, Fabric, Tension, Wooden Frame, Sculpture, Japan

Curriculum Vitae

Educations
1971
Piano, Faculty of Music, Soai University, Osaka
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Solo Exhibitions
2017
Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space", ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan, Korea
2015
In-Between, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
2014
In-Between, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
2011
From space to space, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
2010
Form and form, Artfront Gallery, Tokyo
2009
Form of color, Gallery Lads, Osaka
2008
Color spring into the space, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris
2007
Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
2005
Mysterious Stripes, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
2004
Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
2003
Gallery Sun, Seoul
A space into the color, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
Works:1997-2008, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
From space to space, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
In-Between, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
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Group Exhibitions
2015
Jahresgaben 2015:Art - Can, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
2014
In-Between: Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris
2013
Shinanobashi Gallery Collection, Hyogo prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
2012
Artistic interaction Avant-garde Kansai, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan
2011
Minimal Cube, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
2009
Singing that Wald, Asago Art Village, Asago, Hyogo, Japan
2008
Ab in den Suden, Meierhof Projekt, Duesseldorf
2007
24hours 7days a Week, Artversum, Duesseldorf
2006
Coloring Room, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan
2002
Artist in Residence, Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
2000
SIX DIRECTIONS: Recent works by 6 selected artists, Hillside Forum, Tokyo
1993
Osaka Triennale, MYDOME OSAKA, Osaka
1990
Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
1986
Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
1985
Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
Japan Impact Art Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
Koichi Kawasaki, Nobuko Watanabe, The Third Art Gallery, Seoul
 Osaka Triennale, MYDOME OSAKA, Osaka
Osaka Trennale 2001, 10th International Contemporary Exhibition, CASO, Osaka
Box, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
The link Between Words and Art,  Am Homage to Nakahara Yusuke, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
What a wonderful world of sculptures, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Aspekte, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
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Collections
Japanese Cultural Institute Koln, The Japan Foundation, Koln
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum Art, Fukuoka, Japan
Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
Asago Art Villege,Asago, Hyogo, Japan
Otani Memorial Art Museum ,Nishinomiya, Japan
Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, Ashiya, Japan
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Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space"