Tomatsu Shomei

Tomatsu Shomei Atomic Bomb Damage: Wristwatch Stopped at 11:02, August 9, 1945, Nagasaki 1961


Tomatsu Shomei 東松照明
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Born in Nagoya, Aichi 1930, died in Okinawa, Japan 2012

– Education –

1950-54 Aichi University, Nagoya

– Selected Solo Exhibitions –

2017 INTERFACE — Or, What Japan’s Great Post-War Photographers Kept Looking For. An Inquiry into the Artistic Practice of Shomei Tomatsu., Photo History Museum FUJIFILM SQUARE, Tokyo, Japan
2016 Shomei Tomatsu: Nagasaki, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
2015 Chewing Gum and Chocolate, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Pencil of the Sun, Akio Nagasawa gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013 Afghanistan 1963, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Shomei Tomatsu Island life, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Tomatsu Shomei and plants in Okinawa, Collection Gallery 2, Okinawa Prefectural Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan
Toki-wo-kezuru, Mitsubishi-Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan
Tomatsu Shomei Photographs,Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki, Japan
Nagasaki 11:02, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan
Shomei Tomatsu The pencil of the Sun,Open Gallery, Canon S Tower, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Tomatsu Shomei Photographs, Tonami Art Museum, Toyama, Japan
2011 Shinjuku Turmoil, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
Tomatsu Shomei. Okinawa Photographs- Love Letter to the Sun, Okinawa Perfectual Museum & Art Museum, Naha, Japan
2010 TOMATSU SHOMEI: PHOTGRAPHS, Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi, Japan
2009 Nagasaki 11:02, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan

– Selected Group Exhibitions –

2018 Japan Modern: Photography from the Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck Collection, Freer|Sackler, Washington, USA
a Handful of Dust from the Cosmic to the Domestic, California Museum of Photography, California, USA
2017 20 Year Anniversary TOP Collection: Tokyo Tokyo and TOKYO, , Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo
2016 PROVOKE BETWEEN PROTEST AND PERFORMANCE PHOTOGRAPHY IN JAPAN 1960- 1975, Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Le Bal, Paris, France
2015 For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968-1979, The Museum of Fine Arts, Texas, USA; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, USA; Japan Society Gallery, New York, USA
The 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki: War and Peace, Hiroshima Prefectural Museum and Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum, Japan
2nd Collection Gallery Exhibition 2015-16, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Conflict, Time, Photography, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Aichi NotesClay, Ceramics, Landscape and Memory, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum, Aichi, Japan
2014 Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London, UK
The Provoke Era: Japanese Photography from the Collection of SFMOMA, Crocker Art Museum, California, USA
2013 1968 -Japanese Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Memories of the Town: Yokosuka via photography and art, Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2012 Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Busan Biennale 2012 Garden of Leaning, The Busan Biennale 2012, Busan, Korea
2011 Breaking News Fukushima and the consequences ?, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, German
2008-09 Ryukyu, Okinawa Two People Exhibition Higa Yasuo Ritual of Ryukyu: Tomatsu Shomei Chewing Gum and Chocolate, Canon Gallery S, Tokyo; Urasoe Art Museum, Okinawa


Chewing Gum and Chocolate
March 1 – April 9, 2016

The Road Not Taken
OZAWA Tsuyoshi, AI Weiwei, Ken LUM, TOMATSU Shomei
Nov 27, 2015 – Jan 30, 2016

Afghanistan 1963
September 19 – November 2, 2013

Shinjuku Turmoil
April 21 – June 11, 2011