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Nobuko Watanabe

Tokyo, b.1948

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...

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...

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Biography

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.

RELATED CATEGORIES

Art and Music / Color and Form / Fabric / Japan / Japanese Avantgarde / Relief / Sculpture / Tension / The Gutai Group / Wooden Frame

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1971
    Piano, Faculty of Music, Soai University, Osaka

Solo Exhibition

  • 2017
    Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space", ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2015
    In-Between, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
  • 2014
    In-Between, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf

Group Exhibition

  • 2015
    Jahresgaben 2015:Art - Can, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
  • 2014
    Aspekte, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
  • In-Between: Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris

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Curriculum Vitae

Educations

  • 1971
    Piano, Faculty of Music, Soai University, Osaka

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017
    Nobuko Watanabe: Beyond "Beyond Color and Space", ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan, Korea
  • 2015
    In-Between, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
  • 2014
    In-Between, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
  • In-Between, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
  • 2011
    From space to space, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
  • 2010
    From space to space, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • Form and form, Artfront Gallery, Tokyo
  • 2009
    Form of color, Gallery Lads, Osaka
  • 2008
    Works:1997-2008, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
  • Color spring into the space, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris
  • 2007
    A space into the color, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
  • Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
  • 2005
    Mysterious Stripes, Shinanobashi Gallery 5, Osaka
  • 2004
    Keumsan Gallery, Seoul
  • 2003
    Gallery Sun, Seoul

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015
    Jahresgaben 2015:Art - Can, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
  • 2014
    Aspekte, Galerie Kiki Maier-Hahn, Duesseldorf
  • In-Between: Keiji Uematsu, Nobuko Watanabe, Gallery Baudoin Lebon, Paris
  • 2013
    What a wonderful world of sculptures, Kitakyushu Municipal Museum Art, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Shinanobashi Gallery Collection, Hyogo prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
  • 2012
    The link Between Words and Art,  Am Homage to Nakahara Yusuke, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
  • Artistic interaction Avant-garde Kansai, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan
  • 2011
    Box, Gallery Nomart, Osaka
  • 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
    Osaka Trennale 2001, 10th International Contemporary Exhibition, CASO, Osaka
  • SIX DIRECTIONS: Recent works by 6 selected artists, Hillside Forum, Tokyo
  • 1993
    Osaka Triennale, MYDOME OSAKA, Osaka
  • 1990
     Osaka Triennale, MYDOME OSAKA, Osaka
  • Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 1986
    Koichi Kawasaki, Nobuko Watanabe, The Third Art Gallery, Seoul
  • Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
  • 1985
    Japan Impact Art Now, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, Korea
  • Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

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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