Kenji Yanobe



Kenji Yanobe
Born in Osaka,1965. Lives in Osaka.
Kenji Yanobe attended Kyoto City University of Arts and received a Master of Arts degree in 1991.
Since the early 1990s, Yanobe has been incorporating the theme of survival in present-day society into his work, creating numerous large-scale mechanical sculptural works that may be attached to one’s body or ridden and controlled.
With the dawning of the 21st century, Yanobe shifted to the theme of revival, and in 2003, he held the exhibition Megalomania, the culmination of his work up to that time, at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (on the site of Osaka Expo ‘70 world’s fair).
In 2004, he created The City of Children Project during a six-month residency at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Yanobe is continuing to develop creative activities that transcend established artistic forms, with such projects as Kindergarten (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, 2005), The World of Torayan (Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima, 2007) and ULTRA( Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, 2009).



FNAC Fond National d’Art Contemporain in France
FRAC Provance-Alpes-Cóte-D’Azur, France
Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art, Fukuoka
Kyoto City
Fukuroi City, Shizuoka
University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, California
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto,
Contro Per L’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo
East side of Minami Ibaraki Station, Osaka
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Sakate Shodoshima, Kagawa
M+, Hong Kong
Takahashi Collection, Tokyo


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