Kohei Kobayashi


Kohei Kobayashi
Born in Tokyo,1974. Lives and works in Saitama.

Kobayashi initially produced video works that displaces viewers’ perceptions and consciousness through the reiteration of physical movements, disrupted motions, and impersonal actions. Eventually he began to take a leading role in his videos, acting out combinations and permutations of objects and words. Thereafter, he has put on in conjunction with others dialogue-based demonstrations, as well as presenting sculptural installations that invite the viewer’s participation in his recent presentation.

While Kobayashi has continued to expand his range of media, his work consistently remains marked by an exploration of dichotomies – between subject and object, human beings and inanimate objects, the conscious mind and unconscious matter – and an exhaustive analysis and far-reaching manipulation of each.

At the same time, it is impossible to overlook the immense force of the flood of images and ideas that radically disrupt the precision of these operations. There lies the inscrutability and incomparable appeal of Kobayashi’s works.

His major solo exhibitions include “Teleportation” Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama (2022), “Z-O-M-B-I-E-T-O-W-N” ANOMALY, Tokyo (2019), “Yawning・Lessons” Yamamoto Gendai, Tokyo (2018), and “Palimpsest — Superimposed Memories vol.4 Kohei Kobayashi” gallery αM, Tokyo (2014) with many group exhibitions “MOMAT Collection” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2019), “Kohei Kobayashi x Kohei Takahashi work on five hypotheses to cut off…” Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi (2017), “Setouchi Triennale 2016” Ibukijima Island, Kagawa (2016), “Aichi Triennale 2016: Rainbow Caravan” Aichi (2016), and “Artist File 2015 Next Doors” The National Art Center, Tokyo (2015).

Reprinted from the website of Aichi Triennale 2016



The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection


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