Takahiro Iwasaki

Takahiro Iwasaki
Born in Hiroshima, 1975. Lives and works in Hiroshima.

Takahiro Iwasaki transforms everyday objects and materials such as toothbrushes, towels, bookmarks, and duct tape into pylons, cranes, and delicate landscapes. Through the transformation of these familiar household items, the artwork invites viewers to adopt new perspectives on the everyday. Towers made of towel, threads built on randomly stacked cloth, remind us of the pylons we see in the mountains, and cranes made of bookmarks on books give the illusion of a building site.

Another series of his, ‘Reflection Model’, consists of detailed three-dimensional wooden models of traditional Japanese architecture, which give the impression of being united with its reflection on water. The influence in creating such fragile sceneries comes from the devastation wreaked upon Hiroshima by the atomic bomb, a city where he still lives and works. His art in its mirror imagery alludes to the 180 degrees turn that the city made from a city at the center of a military operation into the City of Peace after its reconstruction – as such his work can also be interpreted as perceptions of time.

In 2017, Iwasaki was selected as a representative artist and held a solo exhibition, “Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest”, at the Japan Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017); His other recent solo exhibitions are, “Takahiro Iwasaki Dust (10-10) and Moment (10-18)”, Kurumaya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan (2015); “Takahiro Iwasaki Many a Muckle Makes a Mickle”, Kurobe City Art Museum, Toyama, Japan and “In Focus”, Aron Gallery, Asia Society, New York (2015).



21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Kadist Art Foundation
Kawasaki City Museum
Mori Art Museum
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg
McNamara Art Projects
M WOODS Collection
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland Art Gallery
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Takahashi Collection
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
Yokohama Museum of Art


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