Kenjiro Okazaki

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Born in Tokyo in 1955.

Kenjiro Okazaki is an artist and theorist who, since his debut in the 1980’s.
has been recognized as one of the intellectual giants of the Japanese art scene.
His work employs an architectural context to explore constantly shifting realms of expression,
including painting, sculpture, landscape design, and other fields.
In 2002, he was director of the Japanese pavilion at the 8th International Architecture Exhibition.
He is currently a professor at and deputy director of the Kinki University International Center for Human Sciences.

Recent major exhibitions:
2007 A-things, Tokyo
2005 nantenshi gallery, Tokyo
2002 “Art Today 2002” Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano
Notable activities
2007 I love my robots
[A dance work co-created with the Trisha Brown Dance Company), Montclair University Alexander Kasser Theater, New Jersey, USA and other locations on tour
2002 Participated as an artist in and director of the Japanese Pavilion at the Venice, Italy
1994-1995 Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against The Sky, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
1993-Ongoing Haizuka Earthworks Projects, Hiroshima Prefecture towns of Soryo, Kisa, and Mirasaka (at present in Shobara and Miyoshi)
1989 Europaria 89 – Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art, S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium
NOTABLE GRANTS/RESIDENCIES
2007 I love my robots[A dance work co-created with the Trisha Brown Dance Company), grant from Japan Foundation and Asian Cultural Council
1992 Triangle Artists’ Workshop (Pine Plains, New York), grant from Japan Foundation
1986 Grant from Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to live and study in New York
major public collections
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Ohara Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Setagaya Art Museum
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art
National Museum of Art, Osaka
Chiba City Museum of Art
Sezon Museum of Modern Art
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Oita City Art Museum
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Iwaki City Art Museum
Benesse Art Site Naoshima
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
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