木村秀樹 HIDEKI KIMURA
Hideki KIMURA, born in 1948, Kyoto, Japan, was graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with majors in oil painting and printmaking. In 1988, he was sponsored by Japanese Government to study Fine Arts at University of Pennsylvania USA. In his early 20s, he was awarded the British International Print Biennale. In 2009, he was honored by Culture Prize and Kyoto Fine Art Culture Prize by Kyoto Prefectural Government. His works are mainly collected by National Museums in Japan, Germany, USA and Canada.
Hideki KIMURA is obsessed with ambiguity in existence, where the subject can sway in between two different sides but not confined to anyone. Misty, the exhibiting series feature the interweaving of rational moves and the overlapping of sentiments, which brings about the ambiguous atmosphere and provokes contradiction behind. His works could create a sense of unknown tension without advanced awareness of audience by the expression of misty, which moves slowly and unrestrictedly, carrying the sinister implication that could touch the deepest nature of beholders.
The physical world stands in front of our eyes every day; however, it always conceals an endless sense of ambiguity. As audience follows the movement of Misty and walks into a different space, imagination is given birth. Nevertheless, as audience turns around, the real world appears.
Misty Dutch 16，silkscreen，on Arches 88，57x51cm， ed.40，1998
Misty Dutch 56，silkscreen， on Arches 88， 32x38cm，ed.20，2005
Misty Dutch 53，silkscreen，on Arches 88，57x50cm，ed.11，2005
Misty Dutch 52，silkscreen， on Arches 88，57x50cm，ed.14，2005
Misty Dutch 18，silkscreen， on Arches 88，57x51cm，ed.40，1998
Misty Ro0m v.1，silkscreen， on Arches 88，57x76cm，ed.40，1993
A Corner4，silkscreen， on BFK Rives，75x106cm，ed.15，1995
Misty Dutch 13，silkscreen， on Arches 88，57x76cm，ed.40，1998
Misty Dutch 15，silkscreen， on Arches 88，57x76cm，ed.40，1998
1948 Born in Kyoto Japan .
1974 Completed Post Graduate Course of Kyoto City University of Arts .
Major in oil painting and printmaking / Photographic screen printing.
1988 Formed MAXI GRAPHICA.
1988 Studied at Graduate School of Fine Art ,University of Pennsylvania USA under the scholarship of Japanese government. ( ~ '89)
1998~ Professor of Kyoto City University of Arts
2014 Professor Emeritus of Kyoto City University of Arts
■Selected Exhibitions and Prizes
1974 "The 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo" Prize for National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto. National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo / Kyoto
1976 "The 5th British International Print Biennale" Purchase Prize Bradford, England
"The 6th International Print Biennale" Krakow, Poland
1977 "1st Grand Prix Print Competetion Exhibition" Mastuya Department Store, Tokyo
1980 "The 8th Inter National Print Biennale Krakow" Poland Photography Association Prize
1982 Awarded 2nd Prize "International Exhibition of Graphic Art Bilbao Spain"
1983 Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Art Center, Osaka
1987 "The 2nd Biennale of Prints in Wakayama" Awarded Grand Prix at Museum of Modern Art Wakayama
1988 "Maxi Graphica" Kyoto Municipsl Museum of Art, Kyoto
1992 Awarded Prize for New Artist by Takashimaya Culture Foundation
1999 Solo Exhibition, "Translucency" Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
2001 "EXTENSION/MAXI GRAPHICA" Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
2003 "The International Print & Drawing Exhibition, On the Occasion of 60th Anniversary Celebration of Silpakorn University, Thailand" Purchase Prize
2004 "HANGA Waves of East-West Cultural Interchange" The University Art Museum,Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music,Tokyo
Solo Exhibition, SPACE 11, Tokyo / Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
2005 "Exhibition fo Contemporary Prints, JAPAN-Mexico in Gunanajuato" University of Guanajuato, Mexico
2006 "Surface Intention" Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
2007 Solo Exhibition, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
2008 "MAXI GAPHICA / Final Destinations" Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Awarded Kyoto Fine Art Culture prize by Chushin Fine Art Cultivation Foundation
2009 Awarded Testimonial Culture Prize by Kyoto Prefectural Government
2009 Memorial Solo Exhibition of Kyoto Fine Art Culture Prize, The Museum of Kyoto
2010 Solo Exhibition, Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
2011 Solo Exhibition,Imura Art Gallery Tokyo,Tokyo
2015 LIFT; Contemporary Printmaking in the Third Dimension @Knoxville Museum of Art, USA
Solo Exhibition,"Translucency / Skin" Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto
Solo Exhibition, "Hideki Kimura: Project Periods/ Period 1, 2" Gallery Nomart, Osaka
■Selected Public Collections
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Tokyo
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Museum of Modern Art Wakayama, Tokushima, Hyogo, Tochigi, Toyama, Shiga, Kumamoto
Machida City Museum of Graphic Art,Tokyo
Municipal Museum of Art Kyoto
Ome City, Tokyo
Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima
Kurobe City, Toyama
Kyoto City University of Arts
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
Cartwright Hall, Bradford City Galleries & Museums, West Yorkshire, England
Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
British Museum, UK
Warsaw National Museum, Poland
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
The Nickle Arts Museum, Canada
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
■Professional and Public Activities
2015 Keynote Speech @ SGC Conference, Knoxville Tennessee, USA
2014 Executive Chair "PATinKyoto, Print Art Triennale in Kyoto"@Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
2013 Curator for " Awagami and Print Expression 2013"
2012 Co-curator for "Redefining the Multiple-13 Japanese Printmakers" @Ewing Gallery of Univrsity of Tennessee, USA
2011~ Adviser for " PATinKyoto, Print Art Triennale in Kyoto"
2011 Editor in Chief for The Committee of University of Art & Print Studies in Japan( The CUAP)
2010 Lecture"Printmaking & Computers" @"The Futurity of Contemporary Printmaking Symposium & Exhibition" by National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 President of The Committee of University of Art & Print Studies in Japan ( The CUAP) ( ~ '09)
2007 Editorial Board " The History of Contemporary Printmaking in Kansai Area". Published by BIGAKU SHUPPAN, Tokyo, Japan
2007 Lecture " About The Group MAXI GRAPHICA" & "My Recent Art Production" Visiting Artist Program @University of Calgary, Canada
2004 Executive Chair @"ispa JAPAN 2004 - International Symposium of Print Art in JAPAN" @Tokyo University of Fine Art and Music, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Speech " Misty Dutch Project" @ "Crossing Boundaries East-West Symposium in Print Art" Portland OR, USA
2000 Lecture "About my recent works and On the Topic on Symbols" @Y2K International Symposium of Prints, Taipei, Taiwan
1998~ Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts
1988 Developed MAXI GRAPHICA - The Group of Contemporary Printmaking, Kyoto, Japan
I am interested in ambiguous existence, where I am in between two different things and am able to be on either side but at the same time I do not belong to either of them.
The ambiguous existence could be defined by crucial situation. It may threaten mundane consistency but rather bring a sinister tension if you get close to the situation.
I believe however, that the ambiguity could be an invaluable source of imagination and production.
That is the reason I always need the ambiguity.
I may dare to say that my creation is to find the ambiguity in the mundane consistency.
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