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KIKUJI KAWADA

(Japanese, b.1933)

CHRONOLOGY

1933

Born in Iberaki Prefecture, Japan

1955

Degree in Economics from Rikkyo University in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

1955-59

Staff photographer for Shincho Sha Publishing Company

1959

Co-founds VIVO, a photographers’ cooperative, with Ikko Narahara, Shomei Tomatsu, Eikoh Hosoe, Akira Sato and Akira Tanno

First solo exhibition, The Sea, at Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo

1961

Solo exhibition of The Map at Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo

1962

VIVO disbands

1965

The Map, designed by Sugiura Kohei, is published by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha

1967-69

Teaches photography at Tama Art University, Tokyo

1974

One of the 15 artists in the New Japanese Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

1978

VIVO: Contemporary Photography, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA

1979

Cosmos of the Dream King, Ludwig II, published by Asahi Sonorama

Japan: A Self-Portrait, International Center of Photography, New York

1984-86

Publishes Nude, Ludwig II, and Caprichos

Exhibits in Japon des Avant-Gardes 1910-1970, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1995-98

The Last Cosmology and The Globe Theater are published

2009

The Last Cosmology exhibition, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

2011

Receives lifetime achievement award from the Photographic Society of Japan

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Los Caprichos -Instagraphy- 2017
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2016

Then & Now
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

Last Things
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2014

The Last Cosmology
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

The Last Cosmology
Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, UK

2013

UNKNOWN 2013
Leica Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2012

2011 - Phenomena
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2011

Nikko: A Parable
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2010

World's End 2008-2010
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2009

The Last Cosmology
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

2008

Remote Past: Memoir 1951-1966
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2006

ATLAS 1998-2006
Epsite, Tokyo, Japan

Invisible City
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

Chizu
Camera Obscura, Paris, France

2005

Kikuji Kawada: Eureka/Multigraph
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo Polytechnic University, Japan

2004

The Map, 1960-1965
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

2003

Kikuji Kawada: Theatrum Mundi
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2001

Eureka
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

1999

The Globe Theater
Internationale Fototage Herten, Herten, NL

1998

Car Maniac
P.G.I. Shibaura, Japan

1996

ZENO - The Last Cosmology
P.G.I. Shibaura, Japan

The Last Cosmology
Higashikawa International Photography Festival, Higashikawa, Japan

The Last Cosmology
Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka, Japan

1995

The Last Cosmology
Tower Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

1986

Los Caprichos 1970-80
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

1984

Nude Museum and Ludwig II Collection
P.G.I., Tokyo, Japan

1976

Kikuji Kawada Photographs
Shadai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1968

Sacré-Atavism
Nikon Salon, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1961

The Map
Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo, Japan

1959

The Sea
Fuji Photo Salon, Tokyo, Japan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

VIVO: Eikoh Hosoe, Kikuji Kawada, Ikko Narahara, Akira Sato, Akiro Tanno, Shomei Tomatsu
IBASHO, Antwerp, Belgium

2017

Recent Acquisitions
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library, NY

Nihombashi Art Photo Exhibition
Mitsukuoshi, Tokyo

Birds in a Hand
PGI, Tokyo, Japan

Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Bonhams, (LPSP booth), Los Angeles, CA

A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum's Collection, Rotation Seven
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

2016

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA

I Am the Sun
Art Institute of Chicago, IL

In The Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11
Asia Society Texas, Houston, TX

Yasuo Kazuki, Iri and Toshi Maruki, and Kikuji Kawada
Shonan, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art

From the Collection: 1960 - 1969
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Sun Placed In The Abyss
Columbus Museum of Art, OH

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11
The Japan Society, New York, NY

Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Bonhams, (LPSP booth), Los Angeles, CA

2015

Conflict, Time, Photography
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany

Season X: Celebrating a Decade
Osilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, USA

Conflict, Time, Photography
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Metamorphosis of Japan After the War
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

2014-15

The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMoMA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, USA

2014

100 Years Later: Conflict, Time and Photography
Tate Modern, London, UK

AIPAD Photography Show, Park Avenue Armory
L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York (booth)
P.G.I., Tokyo (booth)

2012-2013

Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde,
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2012

Metamorphosis of Japan After the War, photography 1945-1964
Japan Foundation, Cologne Germany (traveling exhibition)
Museum of Photography, Berlin, Germany

2011

Forest and Art
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Photographs of Children, The Child Within Us
Tokyo Metropilitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

2006

Photography Collection: Rotation 3
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2005

The Shadow
Vestaellands Kunstmuseum, Denmark

2003

The History of Japanese Photography
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA (traveling exhibition)

Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA
Japan 1945-1975, A Photographic Renewal
Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

2001

Open Ends
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2001-02

Illusion
Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, traveling exhibition
Lunds Konstall, Sweden
Museet for Fotokunst, Denmark
Brandt ski defabrik, Odense, Denmark
The Country Museum of Joenkoeping, Sweden
Kunstbanken, Hedmark Art Centre, Hamar, Norway
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Norway
National Gallery of Iceland, Reykyavik, Iceland

1999

Contemporary Photographic Art from Japan
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

Master Works, Master Photographers
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Exploring Photography: From the Museum Collection National Film Center
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1998

Waterproof
Expo '98, Lisbon, Portugal

Corridor of the Gaze / Theatrical Tableaux
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Realism in Postwar Japan 1945-1960
Nagoya City Art Museum, Japan

Under / Exposed
Stockholm Photography Festival, Sweden

1995

Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years
Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

Objects, Faces and Anti-Narratives - Rethinking Modernism
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Works by 25 Photographers in Their 20's
Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan

1991

Innovation in Japanese Photography in the 1960's
Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

Beyond Japan: A Photo Theatre
Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

Photographs in Japan 1955-1965
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan

1990

Eye of deja-vu
Heineken Village Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1989

Photographie Japonaise
Provincial Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1988

Eight Japanese Photographers
P.G.I. Tokyo, Japan

1986

Japon des Avant-Gardes 1910-1970
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

The Works with Polaroid 20x24
Shibuya Seibu Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan

1985

Paris, New York, Tokyo
Tsukuba Museum of Photography, Ibaraki, Japan

1979

Japan: A Self-Portrait
International Center of Photography, New York, USA

1978

VIVO: Contemporary Photography
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

1976-77

Neue Fotografie aus Japan
Kulturhaus der Stadt, Graz, Austria

1974

New Japanese Photography
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1963

Contemporary Japanese Photographs
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1962

Non
Matsuya Department Store, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1959

The Eyes of Ten
Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1958

The Eyes of Ten
Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

1957

The Eyes of Ten
Konishiroku Photo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016

Kawada, Kikuji and Masuda Rei. Remote Past: a Memoir 1951-1966. Tokyo: FAPA and Case Publishing

Sawyer, Drew. The Sun Placed In An Abyss, Columbus: Columbus Museum of Art

2015

Kawada, Kikuji. The Last Cosmology, (reprint) London: Mack Books

2014

Kawada, Kikuji. Chizu (The Map), (reprint) Tokyo: Akio Nagasawa Publishing

2005

Kawada, Kikuji. The Map, Tokyo, (reprint) Getsuyosha and Nazraeli

2004

Hiraki, Osam, Sayag, Alain and Takeuchi, Keeichi. Japan: A Self-Portrait 1945-1964: Flammarion

2003

Wilkes Tucker, Anne. The History of Japanese Photography, New Haven: Yale University Press

Kawada, Kikuji. Theatrum Mundi, Tokyo: Metropolitan Museum of Photography

1999

The Last Ten, Nihon Camera

1998

Nagano Shigeishi, Iizawa Kotaro, and Kinoshita Naoyuki eds. Nihon no shashinka 33: Kawada Kikuji, Japanese Photographers vol 33, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten

Kawada, Kikuji. Seikai Gekijo: The Globe Theater, self-published

1995

Kawada, Kikuji. Rasuto kosumoroji (The Last Cosmology), Tokyo: self-published

1991

Nihon shashin no tankan: 1960 nendai no hyogin (Innovation in Japanese Photography in the 1960s), exhibition catalog, Tokyo: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Shashin no 1955-1965 (1955-65 in Photographs: The Independent Image Group) exhibition catalog, Yamagushi: Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art

Holborn, Mark.Beyond Japan. Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK

1989

The Last Cosmology, Nihon Camera

1988

Cosmography, Asahi Camera

1986

Kawada, Kikuji. Los Caprichos, self-published

Clouds, Nihon Camera

1984

Kawada, Kikuji. Nude, Tokyo, Shinchosha

The Sky, Camera Art

1979

Kawada, Kikuji. Rudovihi ni-sei noshiro (Cosmos of the Dream King – Ludwig der Zweite Bavaria), Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama

Kawada, Kikuji, Castle of Ludwig II, self-published

1974

New Japanese Photography, exhibition catalog, New York: Museum of Modern Art

1971

Kawada, Kikuji. Seinaru Sekai (Sacré Atavism), Tokyo: Shashin Hyoronsha

1965

Kawada, Kikuji. Chizu (The Map), Tokyo: Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha

AWARDS

2011

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Photographic Society of Japan

2004

The Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts

1996

The Photographic Society of Japan Annual Award

Domestic Artist Prize Higashikawa Award, Higashikawa International Photography Festival

COLLECTIONS

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Bank of New York, Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Freer Gallery of Art/Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Yamanashi, Japan

Kushiro Art Museum, Kushiro, Japan

Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

New York Public Library, New York, USA

Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, USA

Sainsbury Centre Museum, Norwich, UK

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA

Tate Modern, London, UK

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA

Tate Modern, London, UK

Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Polytechnic Institute, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan

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