Tatzu Nishi

Tatzu Nishi
Born in Aichi, Japan,1960. Lives and works in Berlin, Tokyo and Atami.

Tatzu Nishi is internationally renowned for his large-scale public projects. His works transform familiar public items, such as a city monument or streetlight, into an object placed in a private space, like a living room or a hotel room. By transforming public structures into private spaces, he demolishes the notion of the everyday and provoke an intense frisson of excitement in the viewer.

Tatzu Nishi’s main solo exhibitions were as follows: “The Real Reasons for Unstoppable Habits and How to Deal with Them” (ANOMALY, Tokyo, Japan) in 2020, “Tatzu Nishi in BEPPU” (Beppu), which was developed in various locations in Beppu City in 2017, and a large-scale solo exhibition at HAB Galerie in Nantes, France, in 2015, “Solo Group Show – Taturo Atzu, Tatzu Nishi, Tazu Rous, Tatzu Oozu, Tatsurou Bashi, Tazro Niscino” at HAB Galerie in Nantes, France in 2015.

Tatzu Nishi’s main groupe exhibitions were as follows:”MEET YOUR ART FESTIVAL 2023 -Time to Change-” (2023, Terrada Warehouse G1 Building, Tokyo), “Asama International Photo Festival 2023 PHOTO MIYOTA” (2023, MMoP, Nagano, Japan), “Tagcolle: Contemporary Art is Unknown” (2023, Kadokawa Musashino Museum, Saitama), “CHILDHOOD Another banana day for the dream-fish” (2018, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Paris), “To that extent, a grand project exhibition” (2017, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, Japan), “Manifesta 10” (2014, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia), “Aichi Art Triennial” (2014, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia), “Aichi Art Triennial” (2014, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia). Russia), “Aichi Triennale” (2010), “Estuaire 2009- Villa Cheminée” (2009, Nantes/St. Nazareth, France), “Kaldor Art Projects” (2009, Sydney, Australia), “Sherry in Heaven Maison Hermes, Ginza, Tokyo (2006), “Ecstasy” (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA, 2005), and “Yokohama Triennale” (2005).

His major projects in recent years were “The Merlion Hotel” (Singapore Biennale 2011), a hotel incorporating the Merlion (Singapore, 2011), “Hotel Gent” (Gent, Belgium, 2012), a hotel project incorporating the clock tower of the central station, presented at “TRACK” (Gent, Belgium, 2012). Hotel Gent,” a project incorporating the clock tower of the central train station, and “Discovering Columbus” (2012, New York), a project that transformed the area around the Columbus statue in Manhattan into a living room.Furthermore, even in Japan, where artistic expression in public spaces is very difficult, the successful ‘A Room of Hachi’ (2023, Shibuya, Tokyo), in which the statue of Hachiko in Shibuya is surrounded by a room, has received a great response.

Major permanent works include “Shinjuku” at Tokyu Kabukicho Tower (2023), “Tatsubutsu” in Tsunagi, Kumamoto (2017), and “La villa Cheminee” in Nantes, France (2009).

He won the Grand Prize from arts category of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2018, and Nissan Art Award, Juror’s Special Award in 2013.


Public Collection

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Nissan Art Collection, Kanagawa, Japan
Taguchi Art Collection
Takahashi Ryutaro Collection


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