Toshimitsu Imai

- Selected Works
- Biography

Toshimitsu Imai (1928 – 2002) is an artist born in Kyoto whom pictorial work approaches abstraction to the Japanese sensibility. In 1948 he entered the Academy of Arts in Tokyo. In 1951 he received the Kansai-Shinseisaku award and in 1952 he received the prize of 15 ° Salone Shinseisaku. The following year he moved to Paris and enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Sorbonne, where he studied medieval history and philosophy. In 1953 and 1954 he exhibited at the Salon de l’Art Sacré. He becomes a friend of the critic Michel Tapie and his painting, until then close to Fauvism, turned toward the abstract with the presence of figurative motifs and texts. In 1956 he organized a group exhibition in Japan with Tapié, Sam Francis and Georges Mathieu, which raises the interest for the Art Informel. From 1956 the art dealer Leo Castelli sold his works in New York. He obtained several international successes, such as the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1953 and the Venice Biennale in 1960. In 1962 he obtained the prize of the 5 ° Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo acquired some works. In 1982 he exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and in 1984 founded the Association grouping the Japanese contemporary artists.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    A Feverish Era: Art Informel and the Expansion of Japanese Artistic Expression in the 1950s and ’60s - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto

  • 2015

    Kanayama Yasuki In Paris - Japanese Painters In The 1950S - Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

  • 2014

    Winter 2014 / 2015 - Kunst Aus Dem 20. Jahrhundert - Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen

  • 2013

    Winter 2013/2014 - Kunst aus dem 20. Jahrhundert - Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen

  • 2009

    Four Stories : Paths to Japanese Modern Art - Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, Chiba

  • 2007

    Selections from the Hara Museum´s Permanent Collection - Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

  • 2006

    FACING 1200° C. Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection, Venezia - MMKK, Klagenfurt
    Contemporary Prints Applying Photography - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
    Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo

  • 2005

    Resounding Spirit - Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s - Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

  • 1999

    À rebours. La rebelión informalista 1939-1968 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

  • 1991

    ictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Charlottenburg udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

  • 1990

    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - K20, Dusseldorf

  • 1989

    Imai - PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Haus der Kunst, Munich
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki, Gunma
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Himeji City Museum of Art, Himeji

  • 1988

    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Shiga
    Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City
    7th Biennale of Sydney: From the Southern Cross: A View of World Art c1940 - 1988 - Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW

  • 1985

    Reconstructions: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1945-1965 - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

  • 1982

    Imai - Galerie Stadler, Paris

  • 1962

    Toshimitsu Imai - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

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