Katsushige Nakahashi: The Depth of Memory

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Katsushige Nakahashi was born in Kagawa, Japan, in 1955. He currently lives in Otsu, just outside Kyoto, and is a professor of sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts. Nakahashi was raised in postwar Japan, and some of his fondest memories are of playing with, and building, toy models, especially models of the famous Japanese World War II–era fighter plane: the Zero. These childhood memories would later manifest in his work, specifically, his Zero Projects, where the artist reconstructs full-scale replicas of the plane made entirely out of photographs.

Solo Exhibitions

2007

  • "NAKAHAHSHI Katsushige ZEROs –Interacting Memories" (ZERO Project SUISEI-43/ Tottori)
  • “On the Day Project 7th December/ Battleship Missouri, Pearl Harbor” Tottori Prefectual Museum, Tottori

2006

  • “ZERO Project BII-120/ Hawaii” Reconstructing Memories (University of Hawaii, Art Gallery)
  • "ZERO Project SHINDEN/ Fukuoka" Fukuoka Art Museum (workshop Room), Watanabe Engineering Corporation, Fukuoka
  • "NAKAHAHSHI Katsushige ZEROs –Interacting Memories" (ZERO Project OHKA-43b/Hieizan) The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Otsu

2005

  • “Katsushige Nakahashi: Zero Project (2000-2004)” Sherry Frumkin Gallery, Santa Monica

2004:

  • “Zero Project #601-1XX” Kodama Gallery, Tokyo

2003

  • "ZERO project 2000-2003" Kodama Gallery, Osaka

 

2002

  • "On the Day" Cowra, Auslralla [ZERO Project BII-124]

 

2001

  • "ANATA NO JIDAI-Your Majesty's Reign" Kodama Gallery, Osaka
  • "ANATA NO JIDAI-Your Majesty's Reign" Yano Art Gallery, Yonago

 

2000

  • ANATA NO JIDAI (Your Era), Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya

 

1998

  • ZERO, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka

 

1995

  • Sally, Street Gallery, Kobe
  • Houses of Johnson, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka

 

1994

  • rice, after… Yonago City Museum of art, Yonago
  • BO-BO-BO, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya

 

1993

  • NIPPON cha cha cha, Gallery NIKKO, Tokyo

 

1992

  • NIPPON cha cha cha, AD&A gallery, Osaka

 

1991

  • Pine Viewing, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • A Tool To Be Tempered, A Gaze To Be Refined II, ITOKI Cristal Hall, Osaka

 

1990

  • Pine Viewing, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo

 

1985

  • Dog Days, Torroad Gallery, Kobe

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2004

  • Confronting Tradition: contemporary art from Kyoto, Smith College, Northampton, MA (PHANTOM ZERO PROJECT)
  • Collapsing Histories, at the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall, Tokyo

 

2003

  • At This School MEIRIN" Kyoto Art Center,[ZERO Project 601-1XX)
  • “Collapsing Histories” University of California Santa Cruz

 

2002

  • "Memory- The Exhibition 01 Contemporary Visual Arts" Takamatsu Historical Museum, Takamatsu
  • "Collapsing Histories" Lisa Coscino Gallery, California
  • "New Edition Japanese Art- On inheritors 01 Japanese Tradition" Yamanashi Prefecture Museum 01 Art, Yamanashi

 

2001

  • Superflat – traveling exhibition

 

1999

  • Beyond the Future-The Third Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

 

1998

  • 11 Contemporary Artists in SEIAN, The Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Otsu
  • The Pleasure Ground of Art, Itami City Museum of Art, Itami
  • Techno Therapy, Osaka Central Public Hall, Osaka
  • Field of Vision, Kyoto Shijo Gallery, Kyoto
  • EYE&EARS, SAI Gallery, Osaka

 

1997

  • Future Recollection, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
  • Art Scene 90-96, Art Tower Mito, Mito
  • Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

 

1996

  • Shiga Annual '96 Handmade Objects, The Museum of Modern Art Shiga, Otsu
  • Inter Work, SAI Gallery, Osaka
  • Tokyo Pop, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka
  • Art in Flux IV 'Oh, My "Japanese Landscapes" ', Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka

 

1995

  • Drawing Chat Katsushige Nakahashi Yoshitomo Nara, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • Diverse Vectors of Contemporary Art, SAM Museum, Osaka
  • Osaka Triennale '95, Mydome Osaka, Osaka
  • Ambiguous Sculptures Living Together <Ima kyozon suru aimai na choukokutachi>, The Gallery of Ibaraki, Ibaraki

 

  • Books and Paperweights <Hon to Bunchin>, Gallery KURANUKI, Osaka
  • Sinanobashi Gallery 30th anniversary exhibition, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka

1994

  • Lest, We forgot on nostalgia, New York Takashimaya Gallery, New York, U.S.A
  • Artist Shop '94, SAI Gallery, Osaka
  • Water Front Open Air Play, Rokko Island, Kobe
  • Final '94 Drawing, Gallery 16, Kyoto

 

1993

  • ART IN JAPANESQUE, O Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Words Exhibition 2, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • The 29th 'Artists Today' Exhibition -Invisible Realities-, Yokohama Citizens' Gallery, Yokohama

 

1992

  • Landscape, SAI Gallery, Osaka
  • Insisting Small Objects V, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • Mito Annual'92 / Private Diary 10 Japanese Young Artists, Art Tower Mito, Mito
  • Selective Exhibition in Kyoto, The Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto
  • Centrifugal Sculpture An Aspect of Japanese Sculpture in the last decade, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

 

1991

  • Insisting Small Objects IV, Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka
  • The Opening Exhibitions of the warehouse built with Bricks on the Coast, AD&A gallery, Osaka

 

1990

  • INSIDE EYE The 1st-1990, Tokyo Ginza Art Center / Kyoto Art Center
  • Art is interesting, Hara Museum Arc, Shibukawa
  • Los Angeles Art Festival, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

 

1988

  • The 17th International Art Exhibition, Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo / The Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto

 

1987

  • The Sculpture Competition in Hyogo [Awarded Excellent Prize], The East Park in Hyogo Prefectural Assemble Hall, Kobe
  • Shibaura Art Festival Party 2, Toshiba Building, Tokyo

 

1986

  • Shibaura Art Festival Party 1, Toshiba building, Tokyo

 

1985

  • The 8th Exhibition of Japanese Metal Art, Ginza Wako Hall, Tokyo

 

1984

  • Humor in Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Urawa

1981

  • Kobe Figurative Sculpture Grand Prize Exhibitions [Awarded Grand Prize], Port Island, Kobe

 

1980

  • The 5th Exhibition of New Figurative Sculpture, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum  <Exhibited annually until 1985>

 

Awards

1995

  • Silver Prize, Osaka Triennale ’95

 

1987

  • Excellent Prize, The Sculpture Competition in Hyogo

 

1981

  • Grand Prize, Kobe Figurative Sculpture Grand Prize Exhibitions