Yukinori Yanagi



Yukinori Yanagi
Born in Fukuoka, 1959. Lives and works in Hiroshima.

Yukinori Yanagi’s artistic career began in 1986, and since that time his unconventional work—which has used, for example, ants and dung beetles—has consistently addressed the issue of movement. After receiving the Aperto Award at the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993, Yanagi moved to New York and started to work internationally. His work then featured in numerous international exhibitions including Bienal de São Paulo (Brazil; 1996) and La Biennale de Lyon (France; 1996). In 2000, Yanagi became the first foreign artist living in New York to be invited to exhibit at the Whitney Biennial. In 2008, he completed his long-term project “Inujima Seirensho Art Museum” in Okayama, which he began in 1995. The piece aimed to revitalize the Japanese island of Inujima, by turning a defunct copper refinery into art using renewable energy. In 2012, he founded ART BASE MOMOSHIMA, an art center located in a former junior high school on the remote island of Momoshima in Onomichi city. His recent projects include a solo exhibition entitled “Wandering Position” at BankART Studio NYK (Japan; 2016), and several large-scale site-specific works at the 21st Biennale of Sydney (Australia; 2018).



Inujima Seirensho Art Museum (Fukutake Foundation)
The Museum of Art
The National Museum of Art
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
The Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern Art
Benesse Holdings, Inc.
Hara Museum
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Fukuoka Asian Museum
Yokohama Museum of Art
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, Otsu, Shiga
Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
National Gallery of Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
Tate Gallery
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
New York Public Library
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
Swiss Bank Corporation, Stamford
Bayerische Vereinsbank, München
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
O Museum, Bangkok
Museum MACAN (Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara)


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