Koki Tanaka


Born in Tochigi, Japan, 1975

Lives and works in Los Angeles


Studies and Residency Programs


2012   qwatz, Rome, Italy

2009-2012  Awarded the Fellowship of Overseas Study Programme for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government (recommended by Kazuhiro Yamamoto)

2007   Summerakademie, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2005-2006   Artist in Residence at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo Paris with supports of Pola Foundation and French government scholarship

2005   Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan(MFA)

2004   Artist in Residence at Location One, New York with a support of Asian Cultural Council (ACC) fellowship

2000   Graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, Japan(BFA)

1998   Studied at Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Austria, under exchange student program


Awards


2015 Artist of the Year, Deutsche Bank

2013 Special Mention as National Participation(Japan Pavilion), the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Italy



Solo Exhibitions


2015

“A Vulnerable Narrator,” Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin Germany

2014

"A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)," (Curator: Bernard Etienne), Passerelle Centre d'art contemporain, Brest, France

2013

"Abstract Speaking - Sharing Uncertainty and Collective Acts," (Curator: Mika Kuraya), Japan Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Italy (cat.)

2012

"A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)," (Curator: Juli Carson), Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine, USA

2011

"In a place between snow balls and stones,"  AOYAMA MEGURO, Tokyo

"Dog, Bus, Palm Tree," The Box, Los Angeles, USA

2010

"Nothing Related, but Something could be Associated," (Curator: Julio Cesar Morales) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

“Random Hours, Several Locations,” YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Toronto, Canada

2009

"on a day to day basis," Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China

"Simple Gesture and Temporary Sculpture, " AOYAMA|MEGURO, Tokyo

2008

"Here shows recent works in new installations, by the way."(Curator: Tatsuya Tanaka) The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki

"The end of the summer: new paintings," Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo (cat.)

2007

“Turning the Lights on," (Curator: Makiko Hara),  Centre A, Vancouver, Canada

"Sound Test, stc," NADiff, Tokyo

"Everything is Everything," Museum Studio, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (leaflet)

"Past, Present, Future," (Curator: Akemi Sakamoto), The Gallery of The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

“Setting up and Taking down," (Curators: Marc-Olivier Wahler, Akiko Miki),  Module, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

2005

"Cause is Effect," (3 solo shows at 3 different places) NADiff, Void+, AOYAMA|MEGURO, Tokyo

"SAVE THE WORLD! @ MEGURO," AOYAMA|MEGURO, Tokyo

2004

"Kakusei in the air, RETURNS," AOYAMA|MEGURO, Tokyo

"Tanaka Koki: Plastic Bags, Beer, Caviar to Pigeons, etc.," (Curator: Tatsuya Tanaka) The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki (cat.)

"Tanaka Koki: all about all the nights," Gallery Caption, Gifu (cat.)

2002

"Kakusei in the air," On Gallery, Osaka

"SAVE THE WORLD!," Room, Gentilly, France

2001

"Perruque=Underground Work," (Curator: Naoyuki Takashima) Gallery Alpha M, Tokyo (leaflet)

2000

Nagamine Projects, Tokyo



Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

“Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015,” (Artistic Director: Shinji Kohmoto), Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, others, Kyoto, Japan (cat.)

“Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflections on the Imagination of Asia,” (Curators: Chien-Hung Huang , Carol Yinghua Lu, Yukie Kamiya, Sunjung Kim), Art Sonje Center

2014

“Play Time - Les Ateliers de Rennes - biennale d’art contemporain,” (Curator: Zoe Gray),  Renne, Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, Frac Bretagne, Rennes, France

"Positions," (Curator: Nick Aikens), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

"Journal," (Curator: Matt Williams), ICA, London

"The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else," (A part of Moderation(s) by Heman Chong), Witte de With, Rotterdam

"Frieze Projects 2014," (Curator: Cecilia Alemani),  Frieze New York, New York

2013

"Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers," (Curator: Chinatsu Makiguchi), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo(cat.)

"Thermodynamics of The Sun," (Curator: Kazuhiro Yamamoto), Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts(cat.)

"Unknown Forces," (Curator: Kim Sunjung), Tophane i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey(cat.)

"2013 California-Pacific Triennial," (Curator: Dan Cameron), Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA(cat.)

"Freak Out!,"Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

"Geometrie Variable," Super Window Project, Domaine les Crayeres, Reims, France

"Re: Quest - Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s," (Curators: Tohru Matsumoto, Masahiko Haito, Yukie Kamiya, Oh Jin-yee) Japan Foundation and Museum of Art, Seoul University, Korea (cat.)

2012

"MOT Annual 2012 Making Situations, Editing Landscapes," (Curator: Mihoko Nishikawa) Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo  (cat.)

"Art Will Thrill You! : The Essence of Modern Japanese Art," The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (cat.)

"Made in L.A." (Curators: Anne Ellegood, Ali Subotnick, Lauri Firstenberg, Cesar Garcia and Malik Gaines)Hammer Museum, LAXART and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles  (cat.)

"Human Factor," (Curator: Beatrice Leanza) Museo Pietro Canonica, Rome, Italy  (cat.)

"Ça & là / this and there" (Curator: Claude Closky) Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris

"Sculpture by Other Means,"(Curator: Gabriel Ritter) ONE AND J. GALLERY, Seoul, Korea

"Sensory Training," Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China

"Trading Futures," (Curators: Meiya Cheng and Pauline J. Yao), Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan

"Inside The Whale," (Curator: Matteo Pollini), FaMa Gallery, Verona, Italy

2011

"La Fabrique Sonore, Expérience Pommery#9", (Curators: Charles Carcopino & Claire Staebler), Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

"Une fenêtre japonaise : Soshi Matsunobe, Takashi Suzuki, Koki Tanaka", (Curator: Baron Osuna), Super Window Project / GDM..., galerie de multiples, Paris

"Yokohama Triennale 2011- OUR MAGIC HOUR," (Curator: Akiko Miki), Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama(cat.)

"Pictorial Theory of Evolution," (Curator: Kazuhiro Yamamoto) , Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya (cat.)

"Support > System," (Curators: Marco Rois, Gina Osterloh), Luckman Gallery, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles. (cat.)

"Conversation With Mathieu Mercier, Takaaki Izumi, Yuki Kimura, Soshi Matsunobe, Kaz Oshiro, Koki Tanaka About Abstract Objects," Muzz Program Space, Super Window Project, Kyoto.

"Making is Thinking,"  (Curator: Zoe Gray) Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands. (cat.)

2010

"Koki Tanaka & Naotaka Hiro / Kaz Oshiro / John Tottenham," Las Cienegas Projects, Los Angeles

"A Rock That Was Taught It Was A Bird, " (Curator: Emma Bugden), Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

"The Dictionary of Received Ideas, "(Curators: Matteo Pollini and the other 15 from Goldsmiths College MFA Curating Programme), Q, London

"Let's Twist Again, The Archaeology of the Future," Centre A, Vancouver, Canada

"One and J. Gallery at Pierre Koenig," Case Study House #21, Los Angeles, USA

"A journey to Niigata Region," Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan

"France / Japan: University Exchange Project, DOUBLE VISION, fiction/reality relationships in present-day images," Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

2009

"Circus Hein," (Curator: Jeppe Hein), Frac Centre, Orléans, Atelier Calder, Saché, France

"EMPORIUM - A New Common Sense of Space," (Curator: Beatrice Leanza)Museo della Scienza e della Tecnica Leonardo Da Vinci, Milano, Italy

"Just around the corner,"  (Curators: Chen Shaoxiong and Pauline J. Yao), Arrow Factory, Beijing, China

"Whose exhibition is this?," (Curator: Fang Wei Chang) Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

"Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art," (Curator: Midori Matsui), Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

"Curated by; Inside Job," (Curators: Dan Cameron, Maria de Corral) Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

"Portrait of Self-Exile (part 1)," the shop/Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing, China

"The view from elsewhere," (Curator: Kathryn Weir) Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney/Gallery of Modern Art/Australian

Cinematheque, Brisbane, Australia

"Incidental Affairs: Contemporary Art of Transient States," (Curator: Santo Oshima) Suntory Museum, Osaka(cat.)

2008

"Platform Seoul 2008: I have nothing to say and I am saying it,"(Curator: Kim Sunjung), Samuso, Seoul, Korea

"The 7th Gwangju Biennale, Annual Report : A Year in Exhibitions,"(Director: Okwui Enwezor, Co-Curators: Hyunjin Kim, Ranjit Hoskote), Gwangju, Korea(cat.)

"Busan Biennale 2008; Sea Art Festival, Voyage Without Boundaries,"(Director: Jeon Seung-bo), Busan, Korea(cat.)

"Mode & Verzweiflung (Fashion & Despair)," (Curators: Brigitte Felderer, Eva Blimlinger), Freiraum, quartier21/MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria (cat.)

2007

"Still/Alive, Contemporary Art & Photography in Japan, " (Curator: Tetsuro Ishida), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (cat.)

"Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan," (Curators: Mami Kataoka, Fumihiro Sumitomo, Kim Sunjung), 798 Dashanzi Art District, Long March Space, Beijing / Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (cat.)

"Spectacle and Situation," (Curators: Herbert Lachmayer, Brigitte Felderer), Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

"vol 4" Daiwa Radiator Factory Viewing Room, Hiroshima (cat.)

"La Chaine," BankART1929, BankARTStudio NYK, Yokohama

"Re-trait," (Curator: Claire Staebler), Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris

"The Door into Summer: The Age of Micropop,"(Curator: Midori Matsui), Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Mito (cat.)

"All about Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art," (Curator: Mami Kataoka), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (cat.)

"Living in the Material World, things in Art of the 20th Century and Beyond," (Curator: Yusuke Minami), The National Art Center, Tokyo(cat.)

2006

“2006 Taipei Biennial: Dirty Yoga,” (Curators: Dan Cameron, Jun-jieh Wang)Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

“Pawel Althamer, In the Centre Pompidou,” Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (cat.)

“Welcome to Heterotopia!” (work with Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Curator: Pascal Beausse) “Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006,” Echigo-Tsumari Region, Niigata (cat.)

“Fast Futures: Asian Video Art - New Works by Three Artists,” (Selected by Melissa Chiu, Barbara London, Yu Yoen Kim), Japan Society, New York, USA

"Le Cabane," (Curator: Pascal Beausse), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

"Radio kills the video stars," (Curators: Laurence Dreyfus and Francois Quintin), FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France

2005

"GUNDAM—Generating Futures," (Curator: Takashi Azumaya) Suntory Museum, Osaka / The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (cat.)

2004

"Officina Asia," Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy(cat.)

"Artists in Residence 2004," Location One, New York, USA

"Picture in Motion," (Curator: Kazuhiro Yamamoto) , Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya (cat.)

"Roppongi Crossing: New Visions in Contemporary Japanese Art 2004," (Curators: Mami Kataoka, Minoru Hatanaka, Iida Takayo, Hisako Hara, Takashi Azumaya, Nobuko Shimuta),  Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (cat.)

"Out the Window—Spaces of Distraction," (Curator: Li Zhenhua, Suh Jinsuk, Fumihiko Sumitomo) The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo (cat.)

2003

"Kokoro no Arika, Location of the Spirit: Contemporary Japanese Art," (Curator: Yuji Maeyama) Ludwig Museum Budapest, Hungary / Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia (cat.)

"Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003," Echigo-Tsumari Region, Niigata (cat.)

"VOCA 2003: The Vision of Contemporary Art," The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo (cat.)

"Double Positive 2," (Curator: Tatsuo Majima) Fuchu Art Museum, Tokyo (pamphlet)

2002

"Kumamoto International Art Exhibition: ATTITUDE 2002—One Truth in Your Heart," (Curator: Hiroshi Minamishima) Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (cat.)

"Aida Makoto+Tanaka Koki," Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo

"Lost World," (Curator: Tsuzuku Masatoshi) Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota

"Media Test Wall: SPINNING," MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA

"Philip Morris K.K. Art Award 2002: The First Move," Tokyo International Forum , Tokyo (cat.)

"Screen Memories," (Curator: Iida Takayo) Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Mito (cat.)

"Tanakatachi—two solo shows," Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya

2001

"SAP ART-ING Tokyo 2001: Space, Time, and Body Lived," (Curator: Urara Nakamura) The former Ushigome-Haramachi Elementary School of Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo(cat.)

2000

"ZOKEI-Show," Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo

1999

"peaceful misunderstanding," Citizen's Gallery of Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

"License to LOVE," The Student Union at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

1997

"Tokyo-Sentakuki," Apartment Seiwa 1&2, Tokyo



Collective acts


2015

3/26 – 5/25 Precarious tasks #14 “Collective knowledge for an equal society” Deutsche Bank

2014

12/20 Precarious tasks #13 “Exchange our used outfits with others” blanClass, Yokohama

10/5 Precarious tasks #12 “Walking with dogs” Play Time. Les Ateliers de Rennes – Biennale d’art contemporain, Rennes, France

7/5 Precarious tasks #11 “Call out all names in a city” Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

7/4 Precarious tasks #10 “Go to a bar located over 20 km from a museum to drink, discuss and watch a film about nuclear power problem.” Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

6/27, 6/28 Precarious Tasks #9: "24hrs Gathering," ICA, London

2013

8/30 Precarious Tasks #7: "Try to keep conscious about a specific social issue, in this case "anti-nuke," as long as possible while you are wearing yellow color," , Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo

4/19, 4/20 precarious tasks #6 "going up to a city building taller than 16.7m," (A part of Moderation(s) by Heman Chong), Witte de With, Rotterdam

1/25 precarious tasks #4 "sharing dreams with others, and then making a collective story," blanClass, Yokohama

1/9 "Painting to the Public (MOMAT to Gallery AlphaM), Gallery AlphaM, Tokyo

2012

11/9 precarious tasks #2 “talking about your name while eating emergency food," blanClass, Yokohama

11/6 workshop "meetings within meetings - curation, education, future," CSLAB, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo

10/30 "dialogue to the public (JR Yamanote Line, Tokyo)," (Kajiya Kenji, Hu Fang, Atsushi Sugita, Koki Tanaka) , JR Yamanote Line, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

9/29 precarious tasks #1 "swinging a flash light while we walk at night," blanClass, Yokohama

9/23 "communal tea drinking," too much magazine, Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo

3/24 "Painting to the Public (open-air)," (Meguro Museum of Art to Aoyama Meguro), self-organizing event, Tokyo



Video Screenings


2011

"Koki Tanaka: Buckets and Balls," LIFT Projects, ArtHouse at the Jones Center, Texas

2010

"Videozoom Japan; Re-framing the Everyday: Japanese video art over the last decade," (Curator: Kenichi Kondo), Sala1 International Center for Contemporary Art, Rome

"Roppongi Art Night 2010," Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

2008

"In Between, Asian Video Art Weekend," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

"Projeto Cinema de Corredor, Mostra Koki Tanaka," (Curator: Wagner Morales), B_arco Brasil Arte Contemporanea, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2007

"Out of the Ordinary: New Video from Japan," (Curator: Gabriel Ritter) The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angles, USA

2006

"Festival of Love: Video Art Series," (Curator: Miwako Tezuka) Asia Society and Museum, New York, USA

2005

"Premieres," (Curator: Barbara London) The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), New York, USA

"Marking Time," (Curator: Glenn Phillips) Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA

"Picture in Motion De Luxe," (Curator: Kazuhiro Yamamoto) Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya

2002

"AIT HOUR MUSEUM," The Former Sakuragawa Elementary School of Minato Ward, Tokyo

"Asian Comments," Danish Center for Culture and Development, Copenhagen, Denmark



Web Streaming


2006

“Theory of Everything,” (Curator: Yuki Okumura)

2004

“City/Observer”, (Curator: Yukie Kamiya) Rhizome.Org and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA



Performance


2006

“KOKI TANAKA SHOW,”(Talk show through Web Streaming), MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentine / Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France



Museum Collection Show


2011

"Trans-Cool TOKYO, Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei

"Invisibleness is Visibleness: International Contemporary Art Collection of a Salaryman- Daisuke Miyatsu," MOCA Taipei, Taipei

2010

"Trans-Cool TOKYO, Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection", Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

2009

"Merry-Go-Round," Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

"Everyday/Everynight,"Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

"MOT collection Summer Playground," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

"MOT collection Field of Dreams," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

2008

"MOT collection Survival Action," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan



Works in Public & Private Collections


Orange County Museum, Newport Beach, USA

Artnow International Foundation, San Francisco, USA

Asian Society and Museum, New York, USA

FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, France

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Daiwa Radiator Factory, Hiroshima, Japan

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan

Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Kadist Foundation, Paris, France

Dallas Museum of Art, Texas, USA

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan

M+, Museum for Visual Culture, Hong Kong

KOKI TANAKA

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