Biography

YAMAGUCHI Katsuhiro
1928 Born in Tokyo

1951 Graduated from the Law Department of Nihon University, Japan

Funding member of the “Experimental Workshop” with Kitadai
Shozo, Takemitsu Toru and others

1970 Chief producer of Mitsui Pavilion in Expo ’70, Osaka

1972 Funding member member of “Video Hiroba,” a group active in the field of video art

1977-92 Professor of University of Tsukuba, Japan

1981 Art director of theme pavilion in Portpia Expo ’81, Kobe

1982 Organized member of “Arts-Unis”, a group promoting high-tech art in Japan

1991- Chairman of committee for the promotion the Awaji Art Village, Japan

1992- Professor emeritus of University of Tsukuba, Japan

1992-97 Member of director’s group of International Biennial in Nagoya

1992-99 Professor of Kobe Design University, Japan

1999- Professor emeritus of Kobe Design University, Japan

2001- Visiting professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design

●PRIZES AWARDED

1967 Grand prize “The 4th Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum Awards Exhibit,” Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum, Nagaoka

1968 Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Prize, “8th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1969 Second prize “International Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition,” Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa

1975 Premio Industria Villares “13th Sao Paulo Biennial,” Sao Paulo, Brasil

1985 Prize Laser D’or, “The 6th International Video Art Festival,” Locarno, Switzerland

1993 Conseil de l’Europe Prize for the contribution to Video Art. Grand prix de la ville de Locarno for “Metabolism in Locarno ‘with OPERA,’ The 14th International Video Art Festival,” Locarno, Switzerland

2001 The 42nd Mainichi Art Awards

●INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS

1952 One-Man Show, Matsushima Gallery, Tokyo

1955 One-Man Show, Wako Gallery, Tokyo

1956 One-Man Show, American Cultural Center, Yokohama

1958 “Works Incorporating Light and Glass,” Wako Gallery, Tokyo

1959 One Man-Show, Sato Gallery, Tokyo

1964 “New Works of Stretched Cloth,” Akiyama Gallery, Tokyo

1977 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Videorama,” Minami Gallery, Tokyo; Sony Tower, Osaka
“Experimental Drawing Exhibition by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi,” Ao Gallery, Tokyo

1978 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Art Presentation,” CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine
“Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Environment Video Art,” Anthology Film Archives, New York, U.S.A.

1981 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, From Vitrine to Video,” Kanagawa Prefectural Hall Gallery, Yokohama
“Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Info-Environmental Video Sculpture,” Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1984 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Spectacle Future Garden “Homage to Shuzo Takiguchi”, Satani Gallery, Tokyo

1985 “The 6th International Video Art Festival,” Locarno, Switzerland
“Giappone Avanguardia del Futuro,” Palazzo Rosso, Genova, Italy

1986-87 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Spectacle Galaxy Garden”
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo; Laforet Museum Harajuku,Tokyo

1987 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Spectacle Galaxy Garden,” Festival Arte Elettronica, Camerino, Italy

1988 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Image and Architecture,” Satani Gallery, Tokyo

1991 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Video Image and Architecture,” RadicalchipContemporary Art from Japan, Chapter Art Center, Cardiff, UK

1992 “Another One-Man Show,” Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki
“One-Man Show,” CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine
“Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Media Circus,” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya

1994 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Reflection 1958:1994,” Satani Gallery, Tokyo

1995 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Image of Vitrine”, Satani Gallery, Tokyo
“The 16th International Video Art Festival Retrospective of
Katsuhiro Yamaguchi” Locarno, Switzerland

1996 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi” Nerima Art Museum, Tokyo

1999 “New Design of Public Arts” KDU Gallery, Kobe Design University, Kobe
“Computerized Shadow Play [Togen Topia],” Satani Gallery, Tokyo

2000 “from Darkness 2000 to Light” Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama

2001 “Dragon Stream” INAX Gallery 2, Tokyo

2004 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi: 1950s Drawings for Vitrine”, Yokota Shigeru, Tokyo

2006 “Yamaguchi Katsuhiro, Pioneer of Media Art, From Experimental Workshop to Teatrine”, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

2012 Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Jikken Kobo / Experimental Workshop, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2013 Imaginarium, Annely Juda Fine Art, London

2014 Metamorphosis of Water – Azamino Shimin Gallery, Yokohama

●GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1948 “Shichiyo Kai” Exhibition, Hokuso Gallery, Tokyo

1949 “The 1st Yomiuri Independents Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1950 “The 2nd Yomiuri Independents Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1951 “The 3rd Yomiuri Independents Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1952 “The 3rd Experimental Workshop Presentation,” Takemiya Gallery, Tokyo

1953 “Abstract & Surrealism Exhibition,” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1954 “New Artists from Yomiuri Independents Exhibition,” Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo

1955 “New Artist of Today: 1955,” The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura, Kanagawa
“Japanese and American Abstract Artist,” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1956 “The 20th National and International Arts and Crafts Exhibition,” Firenze, Italy

1957 “Summer Exhibit by Members of Experimental Workshop,” Shinjuku Fugetsudo, Tokyo

1958 “The International Art of A New Era,” Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka

1959 “The 2nd Exhibit of Group 30,” Toyoko Department Store, Tokyo

1960 “The 1st Exhibit of Shudan Contemporary Sculpture Group”, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo

1961 “The 2nd Exhibit of Shudan Contemporary Sculpture Group”, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo

1962 “The 3rd Exhibit of Shudan Contemporary Sculpture Group,” Seibu Department Store, Tokyo

1963 “Three-Person Show with Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Minami Tada and Michio Fukuoka,” Shinjuku-Daiichi Gallery, Tokyo

1964 “Artists-Today ’64,” Yokohama Civic Gallery

1965 “The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture”, Museum of Modern Art, New York and other seven museums, U.S.A.

1966 “The 7th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan”, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
“the 60s” Guggenheim Museum, New York and others, U.S.A.
“The 4th Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum Awards Exhibit,” Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum, Nagaoka

1968 “The 34th Venice Biennial,” Venice, Italy
“Contemporary Space-Light & Environment,” Sogo Department Store, Kobe
“Fluorescent Chrysanthemum,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

1969 “Electromagica ’69 International Psytech Art,” Sony Building, Tokyo
“Ars ’69 Helsinki,” The Fine Arts Academy of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

1970 “Exhibition at EXPO Museum of Fine Art,” EXPO Museum of Fine Art, Osaka

1972 “The 1st Video Communication Do It Yourself Kit”, Sony Building, Tokyo

1973 “Computer Art ’73”, Sony Building, Tokyo
“Matrix International Video Conference”, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1974 “Japan Art Exhibition, North Europe”, Dusseldorf Kunst Museum and three other museums in Europe

1975 “13th Sao Paulo Biennial”, Sao Paulo, Brazil
“The 4th International Open Encounter on Video,” CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine

1977 “Videokunst aus Deutsch und Japan”, Fukuoka Culture Hall, Fukuoka
“Bird’s Eye View of Contemporary Japanese Art”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

1978 “The 1st Sao Paulo International Video Art”, Museu de Imagem e do Som, Sao Paulo, Brasil

1979 “Video from Tokyo to Fukui and Kyoto” Museum of Modern Art, New York, U.S.A

1980 “Video Roma 80,” Museo del Folklore Romano, Rome, Italy

1981 “The 1960’s – A Decade of Change in Japanese Art” National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Portpia Expo ’81 Theme Pavilion, Kobe

1982 “The 4th Sydney Biennale,” Sydney, Australia

1983 “ELECTRA,” Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

1985 “Giappone Avanguardia del Futuro,” Palazzo Rosso, Genova, Italy
“The 6th International Video Art Festival,” Locarno, Switzerland “International High Technology and Art 1985,” Seibu Department Store, Tokyo

1986 “Images du futur ’86” La Cité des Arts et des Nouvelles Technologies de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

1988 “High Technology Art of Japan,” Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
“Images du futur ’88”, La Cité des Arts et des Nouvelles Technologies de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

1989 “New Tools New Images Kunst En Technologie In Japan,” Europalia ’89 Japan Festival, Museum van Hedendaagse
Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium

1990 “Light in Art,” Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo

1991 “The 2nd International Biennale in Nagoya-Artec ’91,” Nagoya Science Museum, Nagoya

1992 “The International Biennale in Artec ’91,” Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung; National Institute of Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

1993 “Japan Cultural Festival in Paris – Nouvelles Images au Japon,” UNESCO Cinema Room, Paris, France

1994 “Metamorphosis of Art of Post War,” Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima

1995 “Kwangju Biennale ’95,” Kwangju, South Korea
“Japanese Culture, The Fifty Postwar Years 1945-1995,” Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo;
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima;
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum, Fukuoka

1996 “Nonstatic Art in the 20th Century,” Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
“1964 A Turning Point in Japanese Art,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
“Shading Light on Art in Japan 1953,” Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
“Video Art ’66-’96,” Museo Cantonale d’Art, Lugano, Switzerland

1997 “The 5th International Biennale in Nagoya-Artec ’97,” Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
“Japanese Art 1960’s – Japanese Summer 1960-64,” Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Mito

1998 “Electronically Yours,” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
“‘The Library of Babel’Characters / Books / Media,” NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
“Sogetsu Art Center 1945-1970,” Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba

2000 “Homage to Taro Okamoto from seven artist,” Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki

2002 “The Dream of a Museum” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo

●PUBLIC ART

1970 Light Sculpture “Light Cube,” Expo ’70, Osaka

1973 Sculpture “Negative Relief” (Cooperation with Takayasu Ito), the Yomiuri Shinbun Building, Tokyo

1982 Video Sculpture “Image Bird,” Seibu Department Store, Ikebukuro, Tokyo

1983 “Sign Video” (Video Installation), “Media Jizo” (Holography), Wave Roppongi, Tokyo

1984 Display design with 144 monitor televisions, and 4 holography statue “Media Shichifukujin” , Seibu Department Store, Yurakucho, Tokyo

1986 Video Sculpture “Baroque,” Isetan Department Store, Tokyo

1987 Video Sculpture “Trio,” O Art Museum, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

1988 Video Sculpture “Kawasaki,” Kawasaki Civic Museum, Kawasaki
Video Multi-Projection “Bridge to Bridge,” Museum of Bridge, Okayama

1989 Video Multi-Projection “Videorama Gaudi,” at The World Design Exposition, Nagoya
Video Sculpture “Metamorphosis of Water,” TOTO Ltd. showroom, Tokyo

1993 Monument “Rising Power of Life,” Moriya Town, Ibaraki

1995 Multi-Media Public Art “Public Art for Museum of Contemporary Art,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

1996 Sound Installation “Oto no Kehai,” Galleria in Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo

1999 Multi-Media Public Art “Bird Boat,” “Video Passage,” Tenjinbashi, Osaka
Multi-Media Public Art “The Dragon,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

●PERFORMANCES

1972 Video Performance “Eat,” The 1st Communication Do It Yourself Kit, Sony Building, Tokyo

1979 Video Performance, The Art of Performance, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy

1982 Video and Dance Performance “Americium 213” with Suzushi Hanayagi, Shibuya Jean Jean, Tokyo

1983 Laser and Dance Performance “Electro Zocaro,” Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Video and Dance Performance “Americium” with Suzushi Hanayagi, Shibuya Jean Jean, Tokyo

1985 Video and Dance Performance “High-Tech Takigi Nou,” Tsukuba Expo Plaza, Tsukuba

1986 Multi-Media Performance “Jun Portpia Cerebration,” building design by Tadao Andou, Kobe
Video and Laser Performance “High-Tech Art Nouveau,” Laforet Akasaka, Tokyo
Video, Laser and Dance Performance “Galaxy Garden,” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo

1987 Video and Dance Performance “Mrs. Hands and Feet” with Suzushi Hanayagi, Bobigny MC39, Paris, France;
Teatro Litta, Milano, Italy; Teatoros del Circulo de Bellas Artes,

Madrid, Spain; Studio 200, Tokyo
Video Performance “Event by Aio, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi and Mieko Shiomi,” 60 years Anniversary Event of Sogetsu Art Center, Sogetsu Art Center, Tokyo
Video and Dance Performance “Electronic Oni Kenbai” with Zenji Katagata, One Eleven One, Tokyo

1988 Video and Dance Performance “Dance in Media-Bitwin” with Suzushi Hanayagi, The 1st New York International Festival of the Arts, Asia Society, New York, U.S.A.

1992 Video and Dance Performance “Dance in Media-Bitwin” with Suzushi Hanayagi, Moscow, CCCP
Multi-Media Performance “Media OperaThe Future of Awaji Island,” The 1st World Environmental Art Symposium, Hyogo

1993 Multi-Media Performance “with OPERA” at:
1. Megalopolis Aborigines, Sumida Riverside Event Hall, Tokyo
2. Beam Festival for 21st, Beam Hall, Tokyo
3. Japan Cultural Festival in Paris, The Tokyo Experimental Arts Ensemble, UNESCO Hall, Paris, France
4.The 14th International Video Art Festival, Locarno, Switzerland

1995 Multi-Media Performance “Spiral Energy Mountain, River and Tree,” (total direction) Nizayama Art Plaza, Nyuzencho, Toyama

1997 Multi-Media Performance “Collabo Art Kan Water in Faces,” (total direction) Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya

1998 Multi-Media Performance “Collabo Art En Invitation for Mercury Space,” (total direction) Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya

●COLLECTIONS

■ Constructive Painting, “Vitrine”
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art / Chiba City Museum of Art / Iwaki City Art Museum / Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba / Miyagi Museum of Art / Perfect Liberty Association / Takamatsu City Art Museum / The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki / The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo/ The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama / Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo / Nizayama Forest Art Museum

■ Sculpture
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art / Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo / Iwaki City Art Museum / Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba / Niigata Sogo Television Co., Ltd. / Saison Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa / Takamatsu City Art Museum / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Rockefeller Foundation, U.S.A.

■ Video Tapes
Fukuoka Municipal Museum of Art / Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo / Miyagi Museum of Art / Museum of Modern Art, Saitama / Takamatsu City Art Museum / The 21st Century, Tokushima / Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / Museum of Modern Art, New York / Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada / Video Inn, Canada / CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine

■ Video Sculpture
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art / Kawasaki Civic Museum / O Art Museum, Tokyo

■ Video Multi-Projection
Museum of Bridge, Okayama

●PUBLICATIONS

1967 Free Forms and Concepts, Gakugei-shorin
1978 Environmental Artist Frederick Kiesler, Bijutsu-Shuppan- Sha
1981 Katsuhiro Yamaguchi 360°, Rikuyo-sha Publishing, Inc.
1985 Avant-guard Art in Robotics Century, Parco Ltd.
1987 Creation of Environmental Images, Bijutsu-Shuppan-Sha
1992 Tenjin Festival at the Media Age, Bijutsu-Shuppan-Sha
1992 UBU, Zeppan Shobou
2014 IMAGINARIUM, Zeppan Shobou

●CRITIC

1968 “Prefazione” by Ichiro Haryu, The 34th Venice Biennial Catalogue, Venice

1974 Art in Japan Today, Japan Foundation, Tokyo

1975 “To see or to be seen That is the question” by Yusuke Nakahara, The 13th Sao Paulo Biennial Catalogue

1977 “1977 Symposium on Video and Communication, Barcelona, Spain” by Jorge Glusberg, Leonard No. 811, London

1978 “An Open Spirit Imagination and Reality of Japanese Video Art” by Jorge Glusberg, Japan Video Art, CAYC, Buenos Aires “Espedial Comunication” by Joan Costa, CAYC, Buenos Aires “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi y el arte Japones de vanguardia” by Alfred And’es, la opinion, 13 August, Sao Paulo
“A Video arte na dura tarefa da consolidacao,” Oestado de S. Paulo, 17 December, Sao Paulo

1981 “Many New Artistic and Commercial Display Hologram,” The Museum of Holography, New York
“Katsuhiro Yamaguchi,” Art News, September, New York

1983 “Katsuhiro Yamaguchi,” Electra Catalogue, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

1985 “Il fiore e il laser, nove moste penste come un ideograma” by Viana Conti, Giappone Avanguardia del Futuro Catalogue, Palazzo Rosso, Genova
“Imaginarium” by Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Giappone Avanguardia del Futuro, Palazzo Rosso, Genova

1988 “Experiment with Mirrors and a dancing Camera” by Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, 18 June
“Olttre il Giardio” by Vittorio Fagone, Video Magazine, No.45/46, 1985, Italy

1989 “Formative Indeterminacy in Japanese Technology Art” by Yoshitomo Morioka, Europalia ’89
Japan Festival New Tools New Images Catalogue, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium
“Electronic Media” by Rodney O’brien, PHP Intersect, March 1989, Tokyo

1991 “Site of Passage” by Susan Butler, RadicalchipContemporary Art from Japan Catalogue, Chapter Art Center, Cardiff

1992 “Image et espaces urbains” by Christophe Charles, Revue d’Esthétique “Russie”, Jean Michel Place, Paris
“Yamaguchi une naturaleza y cultura” by Jorge Glusberg, Ambito Financiero, 20 October, Buenos Aires
“La Invencion de Morel en el CAYC” by Carlos l. Dibar, El Cronista Cultura, 22 October, Buenos Aires

1993 “Video Art” by Frank Popper, Art of the Electronics Age, Thames and Hudson Ltd., Paris

1994 “The Spinning of time” by Yoshitomo Morioka, Katsuhiro YamaguchiReflection 1958-1994 Catalogue, Satani Gallery, Tokyo

1995 Dalmazio Ambrosioni “Locarno Video Art Festival,” Giovedi, 31 August, Locarno

1996 “Colorful Experiments in Video Imagery,” by Masaaki Izeki, Journal of Japanese Trade-Industry, No. 5

1999 “Visions of new values” by Monty Di Pietro, Asahi Evening News, 30 September, Tokyo

2000 “The Direction of the Darkness Light from a Vitrine” by Masaki Yanagihara, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, “From Darkness 2000 to Light”, Catalogue, Nizayama Forest Art Museum, Toyama