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Tomoko Konoike



Past Exhibition




1960    Born in Akita, Japan
1985    B.F.A., Painting (Japanese Painting),  Tokyo University of the Arts

After graduating from the Department of Painting (Japanese Painting) at Tokyo University of the Arts, she was involved in planning and design of toys, sundries, and furniture, and these activities have carried over into the present day. Even as she employs several kinds of media—animation, illustrated books, painting, sculpture, songs, photography, handcrafts, or fairy tales̶she has participated in many interdisciplinary sessions with people in other fields, created site-specific works that incorporate descriptions of a region’s climate and terrain, and continued to address primordial questions about art.
[Solo exhibition]    
2024    "The Birth of Seeing" Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2023    "Tomoko Konoike's Structure" GALLERY MoMo Projects, Tokyo
            "The Birth of Seeing" Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka
            "The Birth of Seeing" Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa2020    "Limestone" Gallery KIDO Press, Tokyo
2020    "Exploration in Underground by GALLERY MoMo : Tomoko Konoike “Dancing Hands” GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku
            "Limestone" Gallery KIDO Press, Tokyo
            "Jam Session: Ishibashi Foundation Collection x Tomoko Konoike Tomoko Konoike FLIP" ARTIZON MUSEUM, Tokyo
2018    "Little fur anger" Gallery KIDO Press, Tokyo
            "Fur Story" The Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Art University, Leeds, U.K
            "Hunter Gatherer" Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita
2016    "A New Species of Bone, Primordial Violence Vol.2" The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Gunma
            "Skin, Needle, Thread, Primordial Violence Vol.3" The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata 
2015    "Primordial Violence" Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, Kanagawa
            "Dressed in the Nature of Japan" Hankyu Department Store, Umeda, Osaka
2013    "Earthshine" Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, USA
2011    "In the blink of an eye, I have come this far" SLANT, Kanazawa
            "Donning Animal Skins and Braided Grass" Gallery Hyundai, Korea
            "Hidden Mountain Reverse" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
2009    "Inter-Traveller Twelve Wolf Poets" Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima 
            "Inter-Traveller" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2008    "The visitor from the alien world: Three days with a six-legged wolf in Kanazawa" Shoutouann, Sannutei, in 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
            "Hidden Mountain & the Lodge" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
            "Mine is Yours" Takahashi Collection, Tokyo
2006    "The planet is covered by silvery sleep" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
            "Emergency Landing in Achi" Koubou-IKUKO, Okayama
            "Chapter #0 ̶ A world of never-ending wonder, secret and mystery" Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Okayama
2005    "Emergency Landing in Mimio" NADiff, Tokyo
            "Emergency Landing in the Meadow" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
2002    "Outside Over There" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
2001    "mimio exhibition" Aoyama Book Center, Tokyo
             "GIGA" Fujikawa Gallery / Next, Osaka
            "Thousands of Rough Sketches, Breathing" AXIS Gallery, Tokyo
2000    "Awakening from the Cold Glitter" Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo
1998    "SOFT II Prototype" Living Design Gallery, Tokyo
1997    "SOFT" AXIS Gallery, Tokyo
[Selected Group exhibition]    
2023    "Collection Exhibition 2nd term 2023"TAKAMATSU ART MUSEUM, Kagawa
            "Stories to be Told, Stories Not to be Told, Stories that Cannot be Told"HAJIMARI ART CENTER, Fukushima
            "Roppongi Art Night 2023" THE NATIONAL ART CENTER, TOKYO / TOKYO MIDTOWN, Tokyo
            "ART de Cha Cha Cha -Exploring the DNA of Japanese Contemporary Art- from the Takahashi Ryutaro Collection" WHAT MUSEUM, Tokyo 
            "SEEKING DREAMS AND NATURE -From 19th Century Fantasy and Surrealism to Contemporary Japanese Art-" Gunma Museum of Arts, Tatebayashi, Gunma
             The 10th Ichihara Lakeside Museum Children's Art Exhibition "Things Other Than Human Beings, Things Other Than Things Created by Human Beings"

2022    "Go for Kogei 2022 Hokuriku Crafts Festival" Ootaki Shrine, Toyama
            "ART SETOUCHI 2022" National Sanatorium Oshimaseishoen, Kagawa
            "Animals' Conference" PLAY! MUSEUM, Tokyo
            "Seven/Seven: The Fraught Landscape" Fergus McCaffrey Tokyo, Tokyo
2021    "The Beginning and Shape" Galerie Miyawaki(Kyoto)

2020    "Mythology ⇆ Story: from Mythology to Story / from Story to Mythology Tomoko Konoike, Tomoyasu Murata" GALLERY MoMo Projects, Tokyo
            "Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present" The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo
2019    "Women Imagining Rooms: About the Diary of Lady Sarashina" Ichihara Lakeside Museum, Chiba
            "Globe as a Palette: Contemporary Art from The Taguchi Art Collection" Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art; Kushiro Art Museum; Hakodate Museum of Art;

              Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido
            "The artists from Setouchi Triennale" Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa
            "ART SETOUCHI 2019" National Sanatorium Oshima Seisho-en, Kagawa
            "The Ecology of Expression Remaking Our Relations with the World" Arts Maebashi, Gunma
2018    "Echoes from the Past | Tokio | Berliini | Kerava" Kareva Art Museum, Finland
            "Tomoko Konoike + Nynke Koster: Dialogue” GALLERY MoMo Projects, Tokyo
            "Redon and His World: Beyond Imagination" Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2017    "The Riddle of Art: Takahashi Collection Resonance or Repellence?" Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
            "THE Doraemon Exhibition" Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo; Takaoka City Museum of Art, Toyama[2018], Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Aichi [2018],

             Osaka Cultural Center at Tempozan, Osaka[2019], The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum [2020]
            "Japan: Spirits of Nature" Nordiska Akvarellmuseet [Nordic Watercolour Museum], Skärhamn, Sweden
            "A Corridor of Art through the Mountains and Seas" Onomichi City Art Museum, Hiroshima
            "Suzu 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale, Ishikawa, "Storytelling Table Runner in Suzu" Ishikawa
            "Global New Art: The Essence of the Taguchi Art Collection"  Wooden Museum of Art, Hiroshima
            "The Universal Nature: Rediscovery of Kalevala by 6 Contemporary Japanese Artists" Sezon Art Gallery, Tokyo
2016    "Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia" Spencer Museum of Art, U.S.A.
            "Exposing Ikai ̶ The Different World: Visitors in Past and Contemporary Art" Akita Museum of Art, Akita
            "Nous: sewing and living" 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Ishikawa
2015    "Cosmos / Intime: La collection Takahashi" Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris, France
            "Messages: Takahashi Collection" Towada Art Center, Aomori
            "Aomori Earth 2015: To the Heart of the Unknown Trail" Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
            "Cray-Pas Art" Takashimaya Osaka; Himeji Museum of Art, Hyogo [2016]; Takanabe Museum of Art, Miyazaki [2017];

              Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art, Tokyo [2018]; Nara Prefecture Complex of Manʼyo Culture[2018];

              Kure Municipal Museum of Art, Hiroshima [2019]
            "Poetry of the painter, Painting of the poet" The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa; Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi;

              Himeji City Museum of Art, Hyogo; Ashikaga Museum of Art, Tochigi; Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido
            "Hokkori Museum" Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa
            "Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron" Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
2014    "Remapping Hibiya Project: Art in the Interstices between Bity and Forest" Hibiya Library & Museum, Tokyo
         "An Enchanted Forest" The Kanagawa University Library, Kanagawa
            "Rokko Meets Art 2014" Rokkosan Hotel, Hyogo
            "Odate & Kitaakita Festival of the Arts 2014" Kitaakita City, Mt. Moriyoshi, Akita
            "Masterpieces from Ohara Museum of Art" Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita
2013    "Takahashi Collection: Mindfulness!" Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima; Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido; Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi [2014];

              The Museum of Art, Kochi [2016], Yamagata Art Museum [2017]
             "Ohara Contemporary" Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
             "Takahashi Collection: Wonderful My Art" Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi
             "Akita Art Project: Myths Open Tohoku, Chapter 2: The Second Tool ̶ a Hand Puppet" The Akita Museum of Art, Akita
             "Last Scene" Chukyo University Art Gallery C Square, Aichi
2012    "Masterpieces from the Ohara Museum of Art, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
            "The 5th Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Nikkei Nihonga Award" The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
            "Akita Art Project “Myths Open Tohoku,” Chapter 1, Digging into Akitaʼs Layers of History Under the Mysterious Spell of Tomoko Konoike and 40 Artists"

              The Akita Museum of Art, Akita
            "The Collectors Show: Chimera" Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
2011    "Kobiken: from the Takahashi Collection" Tabloid Gallery, Tokyo
            "Elpis-Sky of Hope" Tokyo Designers Week 2011, Tokyo
            "Taro Love" Seibu Shibuya, Tokyo
            "Wabisabi" Oroshimachi Art Festa 2011, Noh-BOX, Miyagi
            "Jalapagos" Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka
            "Zipangu-31 Spirited Artists Cutting Through New Territories of Japanese Contemporary Art" Takashimaya Nihonbashi, Tokyo; Osaka; Kyoto 
            "Insects in Art" Akita Museum of Modern Art, Akita
            "The Most Requested Top 30: 10 Years of Takahashi Collection" Tabloid Gallery, Tokyo
2010    "Ohara Best: Ohara Museum of Art 80th Creation Anniversary Memorial Exhibition" Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama
            "The World of Pencil Drawing" Chukyo University, Art Gallery C Square, Aichi
            "Jalapagos” Tokyo Designers Week 2010, Tokyo
            "Narrative Paintings" The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata
            "Busan Biennale 2010 Living in Evolution" Busan Museum of Art, Busan / Korea
2009    "Kami. Silence-Action, Japanese Contemporary Art on Paper" Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Germany
            "Souvenirs from Kenji Miyazawa" Mitsubishi-Jisho Artium, Fukuoka
2008    "Neoteny Japan: Contemporary Artists After 1990ʼs ̶ From Takahashi Collection" Kirishima Open Air Museum, Kagoshima; Sapporo Artpark, Hokkaido;

              The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo [2009]; The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum [2009]; Akita Museum of Modern Art [2009];

              Yonago City Museum of Art, Shimane [2009]; Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art [2010]
           "Tezuka Gene: Light In the Darkness" PARCO Factory, Tokyo
            "The 3rd Guangzhou Triennale: Farewell to Post-Colonialism" Guangdong Museum of Art, Chin
            "Vision of East Asian 2008, Art Exhibition Hall" Gehua Plaza, Beijing, China
2007    "Tamagawa Art Line Project, Art Line Week" Unoki Station, Tokyo
            "3rd Life 4th Dimension" National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
            "Right in the middle of the story: 3 storytellers in art" Kawaguchi Art Gallery ATLIA, Saitama
            "The Geopolitics of the Animation" The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), Sevilla, Spain; Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo (MARCO), Spain
            "Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan" Long March Project, Beijing, China; Guangdong Museum of Art, China
            "Linien" Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany
2006    "Eyes and Curiosity from Tokyo" Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
            "Rapt!: 20 Contemporary Artists From Japan" CCP, Melbourne, Australia
            "The Scarecrow" Averoff Museum, Metsovo, Greece
            "PhotoEspaña 2006 Naturaleza: Experiencia" Museo San Roman, Toledo, Spain
            "Videoformes 2006 21ème Manifestation internationale dʼart vidéo et nouveaux médias" Clermont Ferrand, France
            "Fiction@Love, Musuem of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA Shanghai), China
2005    "Sketch in Motion" Sketch Gallery, London, U.K.
            "Spoltore Ensemble 2005, The Evening Traveling: Animations, Dreams and Visions from Contemporary Japan” Pescara, Italy
            "Paradiso dʼAmore -Neo-Aesthetics of Animamic Age" Hangzhou Peace International Exhibition and Conference Center, Hangzhou;

             Beijing World Art Museum, China
            "Psionic Distortion" Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
            "The World is a Stage: Stories Behind Pictures" Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
            "MOT Annual 2005: Life Actually" Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
2004    "I just donʼt know what to do with myself" Marella dʼArte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
            "Officina Asia" Galleria dʼArte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
2003    "City_net Asia 2003" Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
            "Edges of the Earth" China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
2002    "Art Video Lounge" Art Basel Miami Beach, Bass Museum of Art, U.S.A.
            "Kageki Metonymics: Subversions and Transformations from the Japanese Fringe" Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
2001    "art connection" Bangkok, Thailand
1998    "Sol-Levato 5 designer dal Giappone" Fondazione Mudima Gallery, Milan, Italy
            "Morpheʼ98 Beyond the Horizon" Nanseicho, Mie, Japan
1997    "Artwork: Message from the Future" Kiryu City Performing Arts Center, Gunma

[Public Collection]    
   Art Institute of Chicago, USA
   Spencer Museum of Art, USA
   Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
   Ohara Museum of Art, Tokyo
   Takamatsu Art Museum, Kagawa
   MUZA Kawasaki, Kanagawa
   Kiryu City Performing Arts Center, Gunma
   WATERRAS, Tokyo
   Sunport Konan Minato-ku Public Child Facility, Tokyo

2023    Received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2023

2017    The 67th Art Encouragement Prize by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2012    The 5th Kaii Higashiyama Commemorative Nikkei Nihonga Grand Prize

2018    "Hunter Gatherer" Hatori Press
2016    "The Language of Animals: Beyond Primordial Violence" Hatori Press
2015    "Beyond Primordial Violence" Hatori Press
2011    "World of Wonder" Hatori Press
2009    "Roppongi / Mori Future Map Project" Mori Art Museum
            "Inter Traveller: People Playing with the Dead" Hatori Press
            "On the Trail of the Wolves" The Sankei Shimbun
2006    "Chapter #0" Ohara Museum of Art
2004    "Tatsuhiko Shibusawa “Kobiki” to illustrate" Heibonsha
2003    "The Executive Committee of the “Deep Forest Beyond Five Senses”" Rokumori Techo
2001    "Mimio" Seigensha Art Publishing

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