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Toshimitsu Imai

Born in 1928 - Japan

BIOGRAPHY

Toshimitsu Imai is a Japanese artist; he was born in Kyoto in 1928 and died in 2002. His work bridges abstraction and Japanese sensibility.

He was accepted at the Tokyo Arts Academy in 1948. In 1951 he was awarded the Kansai-Shinseisaku and in 1952 he received the prize of the 5th Shinseisaku Salon. In 1952, he moved to Paris and joined the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Sorbonne to study Medieval History and Philosophy.

In 1953 and 1954 he exhibited his works in Paris at the Salon de l'Art Sacré (Religious Art Salon). He becomes friends with art critic Michel Tapié who influences his work, and he switches from Fauvism to abstraction. However, figurative motifs, poetry and text and remain present in his work.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

1989
Imai - PMMK - Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende
1982
Imai - Galerie Stadler, Paris
1962
Toshimitsu Imai - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna


GROUP

2015
Kanayama Yasuki In Paris - Japanese Painters In The 1950S - Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
2014
Winter 2014 / 2015 - Kunst Aus Dem 20. Jahrhundert - Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen
2013
Winter 2013/2014 - Kunst aus dem 20. Jahrhundert - Galerie Neher GmbH & Co. KG, Essen
2009
Four Stories : Paths to Japanese Modern Art - Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Sakura, Chiba
2007
Selections from the Hara Museum´s Permanent Collection - Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
2006
FACING 1200° C. Glasskulpturen der Berengo Collection, Venezia - MMKK, Klagenfurt
Contemporary Prints Applying Photography - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
2005
Resounding Spirit - Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s - Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
1999
À rebours. La rebelión informalista 1939-1968 - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
1991
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Charlottenburg udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Centro de Arte Moderna - CAM - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
1990
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - K20, Dusseldorf
1989
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Haus der Kunst, Munich
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki, Gunma
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Himeji City Museum of Art, Himeji
1988
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Shiga
Pictures for the Sky: Art Kites - Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu City
7th Biennale of Sydney: From the Southern Cross: A View of World Art c1940 - 1988 - Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, NSW
1985
Reconstructions: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1945-1965 - Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

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