Beatriz Milhazes was born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She has had innumerous international solo exhibitions including Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2008); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2009); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2011); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2012); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (Malba), Buenos Aires (2012); Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2013), Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA (2014/2015), White Cube Gallery, London (2018), MASP – Museu de Arte de São Paulo (2020 Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai (2021) and Pace Gallery, NY (2022).
Milhazes is considered as one of the most important Brazilian artists, having participated at Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1995); Sydney Biennial, Sydney (1998); Venice Biennale (2003); São Paulo Biennial (1998, 2004); and Shangai Biennial, Shangai (2006).
Her work is included in important museums and public collections such as Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; SFMoMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; MNBA – Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo; Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo; Fundação Edson Queiroz, Fortaleza; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Beatriz Milhazes's practice includes painting, drawing and collage. Characterized by vibrant colours, optical movement and energetic visual cadences, her abstract work fuses a diverse repertoire of images and forms, combining elements from her native Brazilian context with European abstraction.
Milhazes is represented by Pace Gallery, New York; Galeria Fortes D’Aloia e Gabriel, Sao Paulo; Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin; and White Cube, London.
She lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Born in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1983, Haruka Kojin holds an MFA from Tokyo University of the Arts. She produces installation work for galleries and museums in which she extracts objects from every day scenes and reconstructs them in ways that offer the viewer a different perspective of the object or material often as unique visual phenomena within the exhibition space. Kojin formed the contemporary art activity team [mé] in 2012. The collaboration develops works that attempt to introduce an element of uncertainty into the viewer’s sense of reality and use a variety of techniques to present works that focus on the viewer’s physical surroundings, including the exhibition space and the audience. [mé] has been appointed director of the Saitama International Arts Festival 2023.
Haruka Kojin’s major exhibitions include "Just a world," SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo (2021), "Obviously, no one can make heads nor tails," Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan (2019), "[mé] in Beppu, "Beppu City Hall, Oita, Japan (2016), "Re-arrangements of Situations," ART GALLERY MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM, Fukuoka, Japan (2014) and "Unreliable Reality – The Where of This World," Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2014).
Sculptor / Director of Sandwich Inc. / Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts
Born in 1975 and based in Kyoto, Japan, Kohei Nawa received a PhD in Fine Art / Sculpture from Kyoto City University of Arts in 2003 and established Sandwich in 2009. Focusing on the surface “skin” of sculpture as an interface connecting to the senses, Nawa began his PixCell series in 2002 based on the concept of the cell, symbolizing the information age. Adopting a flexible interpretation of the meaning of sculpture, he produces perceptual experiences that reveal the physical properties of materials to the viewer while also addressing themes related to life, the cosmos, artistic sensibility and technology.
Examples include Direction, a series of paintings produced using gravity, Force, an installation in which silicone oil pours down through space, Biomatrix, an installation of bubbles emerging in on a liquid surface in a grid pattern, and Foam, in which bubbles form enormous cloud-like volumes in space.
Recently, Nawa has also worked on architectural projects, including the art pavilion Kohtei. VESSEL, a performance work produced in conjunction with Belgo-French choreographer and dancer Damian Jalet, has been presented around the world since its premiere in 2015. In 2018, his sculpture Throne was exhibited under the Pyramid at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, France. As a monumental work to be installed near La Seine Musicale at the lower end of the Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, Ether (Equality) will be permanently installed and officially unveiled in early summer 2023.
Recent major shows include “Generative Interface,” Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan (2022), “TORNSCAPE” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo (2021), “Foam,” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2019), “The Life of Animals in Japanese Art,” The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA (2019), “PixCell,” Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, France (2018) and “Throne,” Musée du Louvre, Paris (2018).
Born in 1983 in Osaka, Japan, Yusuke Komuta holds an MFA from the Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art. Sourcing his pictorial compositions from origami paper craft, Yusuke Komuta’s canvases express the process of exploring the relationship between color and shape. Often emotionally evocative, his painted and shaped-metal sculptural abstractions consist of symmetrically deployed geometric patterns, with their compositions alluding to a kaleidoscopic prism of colors emanating from a polyhedron. Major shows include “New Celestial Body” at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo (2021), “space | aspec” at ISETAN SALONE, Tokyo, Japan (2021), “space | aspec” at PARCEL, Tokyo, Japan (2019), “Lines of Flight” at Gallery EXIT, ...
Hong Kong (2016), “ART SETOUCHI 2016” Naoshima, Japan (2016), “Breaking through to the actual via the imagination – Long Museum collection show concept by Yuko Hasegawa” at Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, China (2015), Inujima “Art House Project” I-Art House, Okayama, Japan (2014), “COLOR UNFOLDS” at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo (2013).
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