Takahiro Iwasaki

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

Takahiro Iwasaki transforms everyday materials such as toothbrushes, towels, bookmarks, and duct tapes into pylons, cranes, and delicate landscapes, which invite viewers to look at things from various perspectives by changing the familiar household items into different objects. Towers made of towel threads built on randomly stacked towels remind us the pylons on mountains, and cranes made of bookmarks on books trick us to see the scenery of under construction buildings. He also has another series, ‘Reflection Model’. Those are detailed precise wooden made three-dimensional representation of traditional Japanese architectures, which are unified with the reflection on the surface of the water. The behind story of creating fragile sceneries came from a fact that a city of Hiroshima was once completely destroyed by an atomic bomb, these works evoke an actual fact of the city where he still lives and works was 180 degrees turned from the center of military operation city into the City of Peace after reconstruction, which his works could be also interpreted as his perception of time. In 2017, Iwasaki was selected as a representative artist and held a solo exhibition, “Turned Upside Down, It’s a Forest”, 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).



21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art
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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