Motohiko Odani

Motohiko Odani
Born in Kyoto, 1972. Lives and works in Tokyo.

The artist and sculptor, Motohiko Odani made his debut with the 1997 solo exhibition “Phantom Limb,” at P-House Daikanyama in Tokyo. His works have been showcased continuously at the international exhibitions and art biennales such as Lyon Biennale (2000), and the Istanbul Biennale (2001), and notably at the Japan Pavilion as a representative of his country in Venice 2003.
The core theme running through his artistic output encompasses the phantasm in lost physical sensations and transformation of the body, and it explores ambivalent gap between existence and absence, a state of awakening and a half dreaming. His artistic interest and sensibility further reach out to the genealogies in the sculptural works of Japanese Buddha, and modern sculptures to pursuit unknown territory for his work of art. Incorporating diverse media including three-dimensional works, photography, videos in a sculptural installation for the immersive experience and audience interaction, his oeuvre is highly acclaimed in and out of his country.
The major solo exhibitions include “Phantom Limb” at Mori Art Museum (2011-2011, traveled to Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Takamatsu City Museum, and Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto), “Terminal Moment” at Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto (2014), and “MOTOHIKO ODANI: DEPTH OF THE BODY” at Albertz Benda, New York (2016). In 2011, he received The 25th Denchu Hirakushi Award, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists in 2012.



21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan
MUSAC- Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
Asia Society Museum, New York, US
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum Of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ibara Municipal Denchu Art Museum, Okayama, Japan
M+, Hong Kong
Daegu Art Museum, Korea
Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection

Commission works

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Tokyo
Christian Dior, Tokyo
Oita Prefectural Government

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