TAKAHIKO IIMURA has been a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video, working in film since 1960 and with video since 1970. He is also a widely established international artist, having numerous exhibitions in Japan, the USA, and Europe. One of his early films, “Onan”, was awarded Special Prize at the legendary Brussels International Experimental Festival, 1964. Recently he has been involved in using the computer, publishing multimedia interactive CD-ROMs combining video, test, graphics, and photos.

Iimura came to the USA in 1966 as a fellow of the Harvard University International Seminar (headed by Dr. Henry Kissinger) in Boston sponsored by the Asia Foundation, Tokyo. Since then, he has received fellowships from the Japan Society, New York, 1966-68; the German Academy Exchange Endowment for the Arts, Washington, 1979; the Canada Council, Ottawa, 1981; the Australia-Japan Foundation, Melbourne, 1984, the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, 1986; the Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 1982, 1985, 1989, 1992; the Saison Foundation, Tokyo, 1991; the Japan Arts Fund, Tokyo, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000; the Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation, Tokyo, 1998; Foundation Franco Japonaise Sasakawa, Tokyo, 1999; the Taikou Foundation, Nagoya, 1997, 1999; and the Pola Art Foundation, Tokyo, 1999.

As an internationally recognized artist, Iimura has been invited to exhibitions and lectures at many universities, museums and festivals. Major individual film and video exhibitions, including installations and live performances, have been held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1975, 1981; the Whitney Museum, New York, 1981; Cinematheque Francaise, Paris, 1974; Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 1997; the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1982, 1985; the Saison Museum, Tokyo, 1991; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, 1995; the Japan Culture Center, Rome, 1997; the Lux center, London, 1998; the Filmuseum, Munich, 1998; and the national Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris, 1999; Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, 2000; Barcelona Contemporary Museum, Barcelona, 2000. National Laboratorio Artealamedia, Mexico City, 2001.

Iimura has received awards for his work at Brussels International Experimental Film Festival, Special Prize, 1964; Thomas Edison Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, Grand Prize, 1986; San Francisco International Film Festival, Golden Gate Prize, 1987; UNESCO Festival Inernational Du Film D’Art, Architecture Prize, 1991; Sound Based Visual Art Festival, Wroclaw, Poland, Rusting Ear Prize, 1997, and Thomas Edison Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, Director’s Citation Award, 1999. Bronze Prize, New York Expo Festival, New York, 2001. Thaw 01 Festival, Iowa., awarded, 2001. NAP Video Festival, Katztown, N.J., awarded, 2001 Thomas Edison Black Maria Film/Video Festival, Jersey City, Director’s Citation Award, 2002. He was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum, New York in 1989 to produce a film; “Ma: Space/Time in the Garden of Ryoan-ji”.

Jonas Mekas, film critic, has said that “his [Iimura’s] Japanese origins contributed decisively to his uncompromising explorations of cinema’s minimalist and conceptual possibilities. He has explored this direction of cinema in greater depth than anyone else. To review all of Iimura’s work…is an important occasion for all who are concerned with the development and pleasure of cinema as an art.”



Born in Tokyo, 1937.
Graduated, Keio University , Tokyo.

 


Solo Exhibitions and Retrospectives

2011
“Takahiko Iimura: Between the Frames”, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2004
Anthology Film Archives, New York. Temple University, Philadelphia.

2003
Gallery Surge, Tokyo.
Kobe Art Village Center, Kobe.
Lux, London.
Cinema La Clef, Paris.
Tokyo Polytechnic University, Tokyo.
Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

2002
Jaraf, New York

2001
Laboratorio Artealameda, Mexico City.
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
RBMC, New York.
Dayton Art Center, Dayton, Ohio.
Art Complex, Kyoto.
Barks Filmmkers, Reading, Pa.
Carnegie Mellon University, and Pittsburg Filmmakers, Pittsburg, Pa.
University of Cincinati, Cincinati, Ohio.
Phaidros CAFE, Tokyo.
Praha, Sapporo.

2000
Nagoya City Archive, Nagoya.
The Kitchen, New York.
Millennium, New York.
The Robert Beck Memorial Cinema, New York.
Reina Sofia National Museum of Art, Madrid.
Barcelona Contemporary Museum, Barcelona.

1999
The Kitchen, New York.
Galerie National du Jeu de Paume, Paris.
Galerie J&J Donguy, Paris.

1998
Hillside Forum, Tokyo.
The Lux Centre, London.
Filmmuseum, Munich

1997
Landmark Hall, Yokohama.
The Institute of Japanese Culture, Roma.
Millennium, New York

1996
The Kitchen, New York.
Hiroshima Contemporary Art Museum, Hiroshima.
Landes Museum, Linz, Austria.

1995
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo.
Millennium, New York

1994
Somido, Ginza Sony, Tokyo.
102 Art Toung!, Grenoble, France.
CAYC, Buenos Aires.
Spoutnik, Geneve.
Fri art, Fribourgh.
Scratch Projection, Paris.
Apt Gallery, Tokyo.
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C.

1993
Electronic Cafe, Santa Monica, C.A.
Nagoya Cinematheque, Nagoya.
Kirin Plaza Osaka, Osaka

1992
Galerie DAAD, Berlin.
Arsenal Kinematek, Berlin.
Millennium, New York.
Museum of Sound and Image, San Paulo.
Arizona State university, Tucson, Arizona

1991
Studio 200, Tokyo.
Millennium, New York

1990
Anthology Film Archives, New York.
Osaka contemporary Art center, Osaka.
Kyoto Cultural Museum, Kyoto.

1987
Media Gallery, San Francisco.
Ted Greenwald Gallery, New York.
Cinematheque, San Francisco

1985
Multe Media Center, Zagreb.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Museum Square, Osaka.

1984
Glass House Theater, Melbourne.
Europe Space, Melbourne.

1983
The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo.
Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo

1982
Image Forum, Tokyo.
Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka.

1981
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Boston Flm/Video Foundation, Boston.
Gzikanka Gallery, Warsaw.

1980
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
Long Beach Museum, Los Angeles.
Honolulu Art Museum, Honolulu.

1979
Austrian Film Museum, Vienna.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Media Art Center, Buffalo.

1978
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.
Vehicle Gallery, Montreal.
Carnegie Art Museum, Pittsburgh

1977
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Apple gallery, New York.
Institute of Contemporary Art Center, Antwerp.

1976
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Collective for Living Cinema, New York.
U.C.Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.

1975
Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Anthology Film Archives, New York.

1974
Millennium, New York. Galerie 23, Paris.
Cinematheque Francaise, Paris.

1973
Arsenal Kinematek, Berlin.
Backer Gallery, Bochum, Germany.
Lenbachhaus Stadtische Galerie, Munich.

1972
Millennium, New York.
Japanese House, New York.
The Kitchen, New York.

1971
Pacific Film Archive, San Francisco.
UCLA Film Center, Los Angeles.

1970
Sogetsu Cinematheque, Tokyo.
Scorpio Theater, Tokyo.

1969
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Royal Film Archive, Brussels.

1968
Canyon Cinematheque, San Francisco.
Judson Gallery, New York.

1967
Film-makers’ Cinematheque, New York.
Gate Theater, New York.

1966
Film-makers’ Cinematheque, New York.
Black Gate Intermedia, New York.

1965
Sogetsu Cinematheque, Tokyo.

1963
Naiqua gallery, Tokyo.


Group Exhibitions and Festival Screenings

2012
“Tokyo 1955-70: A New Avant-Garde”, MoMA, NY.

2010
“Independence”, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn NY.

2005
“Vital Signs”, Maya Stendhal Gallery, NY.

2004
“Artist Night”, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo.
“John Cage Film, Video, Music Festival”, Anthology Film Archives, New York.

2003
New Art program Video Biennial, Lehigh Valley, USA (Award, Honorable Mention for Seeing / Hearing / Speaking).
Edith-Ruth-fur Medien Kunst. Oldenburg, Germany.
Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, USA.
Okamoto Taro Museum, Tokyo.

2002
Japan Society Image Art and Sience Conference, Tokyo.
File 2002(nElectronic Language International Festival), Sao Paulo.
Cosign02 (Computational Semiotics for Games and New Media), Augsburg University, Augsburg, Germany.
ISEA (International Symposium for Electoronic Arts), Nagoya.

2001
Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston, U.K.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco.
WRO Int’l Media Art, Wrocraw, Poland.

2000
“Big As Life, An American History of 8mm Film”, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
“Enclosed and Enchanted”, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford.

1999
“The American Century, Part II”, Whitney Museum, New York.
Contact Zone, The Art of CD-ROM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

1997
Society of Japanese Image and Science, Yamagata, Japan.
Rockefellar Center Degital Video Wall curated by Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Mito Art Museum, Mito, Japan.

1996
Sakura City Museum, Sakura, Japan.
“New Vision”, Glasgow, UK.

1995
Bourges Video Festival, Bourges, France. Kwangji Biennale Kwangji, Korea. MA Performance Festival, Dusserldorf. New York Festival, New York

1994
“Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky,” Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama.
“Mutations de l’Image,” Videotheque de Paris, Paris.
“Images du Futur,” La Cite des Arts et des Noubelles Technologies, Montreal.
“Japanese Art After 1945,” Guggenheim Museum, New York.
“ISEA94,” Helshinki.
“Body & Image,” Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya.

1993
“00 Collaborations” Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo.
ART ON FILM/FILM ON ART,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.
“Rolywholyover A Circus by John Cage,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

1992
“Hearing Art”, Center for Contemporary Arts, Warsow.
“Video-New World,” O Museum, Tokyo.
“Adam and Eve,” The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama.
“John Cage Memorial,” Ohnoya Hall, Tokyo.

1991
“Millennium 25 Years,” Museum of Modern Art, New York.
“Sound & Images in Film,” Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles.

1990
“New Art Film,” Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/Musee de Louvre, Paris.
“Video Sculpture,” Kunstverein, Cologne/Kongresshalle, Berlin.
“Minimalism Now,” I.C.P., New York.

1989
“New Films From Japan,” Japan Society, New York.

1987
“Video From Japan,” Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

1983
“History of Video Art,” Museum of Modern Art, New York.
“1960s,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo.
“Experimental Film, 1970s,” Collective for Living Cinema, New York.

1982
“Bijyutsu Gekijyo,” Hiyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, Japan.

1981
“Biennial Exhibition,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

1979
“Cinema Experimental Japonaise”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
“Video Wochen, Essen 79,” Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany.

1978
“Recent Japanese Avantgarde Film,” Museum of Modern Art, New York.

1976
“Video Art”, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia.

1975
“Video Week”, Serpentine Gallery, London.
Germain Gallery, Paris.

1974
“Video/Art”, Musee d’Art Modern, Paris.
“Japan: Art and Tradition,” Kunsthalle, Duseldorf.

1973
“Open Circuit”, Everson Museum of Art, New York.
“Aktionen der Avantgarde,” Akademie der Kunste, Berlin.

1971
Eighth Avantgarde Fesitval, Armory Hall, New York.
“Mainichi Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo.

1970
“Wandering Concert,” Goethe Institute, Tokyo.
Third Crosswald Intermedia, Asahi Shinbun-sha Hall, Tokyo.

1969
“Experiment,” Kunthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany.

1967
New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York.

1966
“Japanese Experimental Film”, Museum of Modern Art, New York.



Fellowships (and Artist Residency)

Rockefeller Study & Conference Center, Como, Italy, The Rockefeller Foundation*, 2001
Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University, New York*, 2001
The New York State Council for Arts, New York, 2001
Valparaiso Foundation*, Mojacar, Spain., 2000
Asahi Shimbun Foundation, Tokyo, 2000
Pola Art Foundation, Tokyo, 1999
Fondation Franco Japonaise Sasakawa, Tokyo, 1999
Great Britain-Sasakawa Foundation, Tokyo, 1998
Banff Art Centre, Banff, Canada*, 1998
Nomura Cultural Foundation, Tokyo ,1997
Taikou Foundation, Nagoya, 1997,1999
Japan Art Funds, Tokyo, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003
Saison Foundation, Tokyo, 1991
Japan Foundation, Tokyo, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995,1999
New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, 1986
Australia-Japan Foundation, Tokyo*, 1984
Canada Counsil, Ottawa, *1981
National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C.,1979
Creative Artists Program, New York, 1976
Deutschen Akademischer Austauschdienst(DAAD), Berlin*, 1973-74, 1992
Asian Foundation/Harvard University, Cambridge*, 1966





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