Matsuzawa Yutaka

Matsuzawa Yutaka ΨDead Body, ΨRemains, 1964, 23.5 x 15.7 cm


Born in Shimosuwa-machi, Shimosuwa-county, Nagano prefecture, February 2nd, 1922. BA from Waseda University in Architecture from the Department of Technology, 1946. Following his graduation, Matsuzawa returned to his hometown in Shimosuwa, and published a collection of poems called “Immortality of the Earth.” In 1952, he had his first solo exhibition at the Bijutsu Bunka Art Association’s 12th exhibition. In 1955, Matsuzawa studied abroad in the US on a Fulbright scholarship. His presented his next exhibition titled “Spiritualism series” at the Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, in 1958, and annually was invited to present at the same venue until 1963. At midnight on June 1st, 1964, he is met by revelation to “get rid of objects”, and begins creating work as a conceptual artist. Matsuzawa became internationally recognized, after his work is featured in numerous overseas venues such as the Venice Biennale, 1976, and the San Paulo Biennale, 1977. In the 2000s, he has participated in exhibitions held at various venues including the Saito Memorial Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, the National museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Matsuzawa ended his prolific journey at age 84 in his hometown of Shimosuwa. Nagano prefecture, on October 15th, 2006.


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Yutaka Matsuzawa
Born at 2.00am on February 2, 1922 in Nagano prefecture, Japan
Died on October 15, 2006 in Nagano prefecture, Japan

– Education –

1956-57  Studied contemporary art and philosophy of religion at Columbia University, New York, USA
1955  Fulbright exchange professor at Wisconsin State College, Wisconsin, USA
1946  Graduated from Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

– Selected Exhibitions and performances –

2017  From Nirvana to Catastrophe: Matsuzawa Yutaka and his ‘Commune in Imaginary Space, OTA FINE ARTS, Tokyo, Japan
2016  Aru Hyogen, Chino City Museum of Art, Nagano, Japan
2015  Under Seabed Mandala, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
2014  Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
2014  Begin with Vanishment, MISA SHIN GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2013  Anti-Academy, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK
2013  Rereading Yutaka Matsuzawa, Museum Haus Kasuya, Yokosuka, Japan
2013  Antigravity, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan
2013  Beyond Corrupted Eye Akumulatory 2 Gallery, 1972-1990, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland
2012  Capturing time, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2011  The Concept Sublime: 35 Years Brigitte March Gallery, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
2011  Sculpture In So Many Words: Text Pieces 1960-75, ZieherSmith, New York, USA
2010  Tracks of Art, Chino City Museum of Art, Chino, Japan
2010  Der erste Impuls – Skizzen – Zeichnungen – 1958 – 2010, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
2009  Silent, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
2009  Hommage à Yutaka Matsuzawa – Installation / Joseph Kosuth – Installation, Brigitte March International Contemporary Art, Stuttgart, Germany
2008  PERFORMING THE CITY – Kunst Aktionismus im Stadt Raum 60er und 70er jahre – Lothringer13, Städtische Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany
2008  Into the Atomic Sunshine – Post War Art under Japanese Peace, The Puffin Room, New York, USA

Exhibitions at MISA SHIN GALLERY

Begin with Vanishment
Apr 24 – Jun 14, 2014

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