Born 1984 in Saitama, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo
EDUCATION:
  • 2017-15
    Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Architecture, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • 2010
    M.F.A., Department of Painting, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007
    B.A., Department of Painting, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University, Tokyo, Japan
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
  • 2018
    (Drawing) Fractions of the Longest Distance [Vietnam ⇅ United States], MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2017
    (Drawing) Fractions of the Longest Distance [Mexico City ⇄ Jakarta], MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015
    Reach Out, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013
    Still the Never-World, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011
    Fukagawa, Future, Humanity, MUJIN-TO Production / Kiba Park, Tokyo, Japan
  • The Home, Hotels, Hideyoshi, Away, Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan [catalogue]
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
  • 2019
    Aichi Triennale 2019 : Taming Y/Our Passion, Nagoya and Toyota city, Aichi, Japan
  • Who opens up the world?, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
  • Transplant, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue]
  • 2018
    Catastrophe and the Power of Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue]
  • Encounters, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, USA
  • Retrospective of the museum collection: 2014 → 1890, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • Arts Saitama Kitamachi Fest Vo.4, Saitama Plaza North Gallery, Saitama, Japan
  • Out in the Cold, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • 2017
    Reenacting History_Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea [catalogue]
  • Twenty Year’ s of the TARO Award: Twenty Enfants Terrible, %li Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • Condition Report : Sindikat Campursari, Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, Jakarta, Indonesia [catalogue]
  • 2018-16
    Uprisings, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France [catalogue]
  • [itinerary: Galerie de l’ UQAM and Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, Canada /
  • MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art), Mexico City, Mexico /
  • SESC, São Paulo, Brazil /
  • Museum of The National University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina /
  • National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain]
  • 2016
    Spider’ s Thread – Spinning images of Japanese beauty, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan [catalogue]
  • EDITIONS++, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • New “Colony / Island” 2, Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan
  • East Asian Video Frames: Shades of Urbanization, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
  • 2015
    DAM Projects Sunday School #12 - Letter From Tokyo, A_Space, London, UK
  • TSUSHIMA ART FANTASIA in BUSAN, B.C. Center, Busan, South Korea
  • GERAKAN SENI 2015 ART ON THE MOVE, SMK Bandar Baru Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Time of Others, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan [catalogue]
  • TSUSHIMA ART FANTASIA Hiroshima-Tsushima, Izumi Museum of Art, Hiroshima, Japan
  • being MAPHILINDO, Sabah Art Gallery, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Arts Saitama Kitamachi Fest, Saitama Plaza North Gallery, Saitama, Japan
  • Passage of KOGANECHO: Revisit, Site A-gallery, Yokohama, Japan
  • Come Close: Japanese Artists Within their Communities, Bus Projects, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
  • 2014
    FUTAKOTAMAGAWA ART DEPOT, Futakotamagawa Rise, Tokyo, Japan
  • Tokyo Designer’ s Week 2014 Asia Awards, Meijijingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
  • Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo, Red Bull Japan, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue]
  • TSUSHIMA ART FANTASIA, Tsushima Island, Nagasaki, Japan
  • MUJIN-TO infinity, MUJIN-TO Production, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013
    Sapporo Art Stage: Art Street, Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Pedestrian Space, Sapporo, Japan
  • Now Japan; Exhibition with 37 contemporary Japanese artists, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands [catalogue]
  • Why not live for Art? II - 9 collectors reveal their treasures, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Case01.Tamagawa - Josui, 22:00 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • Nikkei Art Project, Space Nio Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012
    Artists and the Disaster -Documentation in Progress-, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan [catalogue]
  • Project Daejeon 2012: Energy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea [catalogue]
  • Daikanyama Art Street, Hillside Terrace, Tokyo, Japan
  • Hiroshima-O Hiroshima Fukushima, The former Bank of Japan Hiroshima branch, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2011
    Koganecho Bazaar, Koganecho area, Yokohama, Japan [catalogue]
  • 2010
    NEO NEW WAVE, island ATRIUM, Chiba, Japan
  • KOSHIKI ART EXHIBITION 2010, Former port of Kamikoshiki Island, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan [catalogue]
  • The 13th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki, Japan
  • 2009
    ETSU (NANTES CAS 8), Sumida Park / Former Sakamoto elementary school, Tokyo, Japan
  • Nantes Biennale ESTUAIRE 2009 (NANTES CAS 8), Saint-Nazaire / Nantes, France
  • FRESH EXPAND, URBAN BACK-SIDE LABOLATORY R2, Chiba, Japan
  • no name, ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
  • [itinerary: Former Rissei elementary school, Kyoto, Japan]
  • GEISAI#12, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
SELECTED FILM SCREENINGS:
  • 2017
    JWA Video Program, John Wardle Architects, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
  • 2016
    Regards Croisés / La Fabrique du Regard, LE BAL, Paris, France
  • 2013
    SNIFF OUT 2013, Intex Osaka, Osaka, Japan
  • EXPO 1: New York’s Rockaway Call For Ideas, VW Dome2, New York, USA
  • 2012
    TERATOTERA Festival, Baus Theater, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011
    Big in Japan, Paddington Town Hall, Sydney, Australia
  • [itinerary: 1000 £ Bend, Melbourne, Australia]
Commissioned Venue Directions:
  • 2015
    Don’t Follow the Wind / Non-visitor Center, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012
    Search Project vol.1.5, Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan
SELECTED PERFORMANCES:
  • 2018
    Ningen Restauran, Former Kabukicho Book Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2017
    Mni Wiconi - Summer Festival, Sitting Bull College, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, USA
  • 2013
    FUTAKOTAMAGAWA ART DEPOT, Futakotamagawa Rise, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2012
    TERATOTERA Festival, Inokashira Park, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2011
    Osaka Canvas Project, Osaka City Central Public Hall / Osaka Castle Park / The Expo’ 70 Commemorative Park, Osaka, Japan
  • 2009
    Art Line Kashiwa, Front street of Kashiwa Station, Chiba, Japan
  • Echigo-tsumari Art Triennale (Conquering Snow Dynamo Art Project), Former Senda elementary school, Niigata, Japan
  • 2008
    Does the Town Need Us?, Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan
PROJECTS BY THE ARTIST:
  • 2017
    Guerrilla Waves, Then Cafe, Hue, Vietnam
  • 2015
    Magnetic Tea Party, Maria Enriqueta Camarillo St, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2013
    Mitakuye Oyasin, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck / Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota, USA
  • Abandon, Desert Shores, California, USA
  • 2011
    11.3 PROJECT, Toyoma district of Iwaki city, Fukushima, Japan
Residency:
  • 2018
    Làng Art Dorm, Làng Art Dorm, Hue, Vietnam
  • 2016
    End of Summer, Yale Union, Portland, USA
SELECTED EXHIBITION CATALOGUES:
  • 2019
    21st DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow. Texts by Yoko Hayashi. Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan
  • 2018
    Catastrophe and the Power of Art. Texts by Kenichi Kondo, Futoshi Hoshino, J.J. Charlesworth, and Gerrit Jasper Schenk. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2017
    Reenacting History_Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures. Texts by BAE Myungji, SEO Hyun-Suk, PARK Joon-Sang, and CHO Soojin. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon, South Korea
  • Condition Report : Sindikat Campursari.The Mashup Syndicate. Texts by Ade Darmawan, and Shihoko Iida. The Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2016
    Uprisings. Texts by Nicole Brenez, Judith Butler, Georges Didi-Huberman, Marie-José Mondzain, Antonio Negri, and Jacques Rancière. Jeu de Paume and Éditions Gallimard, Paris, France
  • Spider’ s Thread – Spinning images of Japanese beauty. Texts by Daisaburo Okumoto, Masatoshi Tsuzuku, Kyoko Fujii, and Miyuki Naruse. Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan
  • 2015
    Time of Others. Texts by Che Kyongfa, Azusa Hashimoto, Michelle Ho, Reuben Keehan. Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo, The National Museum of Art Osaka, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, and The Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • 2014
    Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo. Texts by Kenji Kubota. Red Bull Japan, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2013
    Now Japan; Exhibition with 37 contemporary Japanese artists. Texts by Robbert Roos. Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
  • 2012
    Artists and the Disaster -Documentation in Progress-. Texts by Kiyokazu Washida, Noi Sawaragi, Naoya Hatakeyama, and Yuu Takehisa. Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Project Daejeon 2012: Energy. Texts by GIM Jungi, and KIM Minkyung. Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2011
    Koganecho Bazaar. Texts by Shingo Yamano. Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan
  • THE HOME, HOTELS, HIDEYOSHI, AWAY. Texts by Chieko Kinoshita. Art Area B1, Osaka, Japan
  • 2010
    Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?. Texts by Kenichi Kondo, Kenji Kubota, and Chieko Kinoshita. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
  • 2019
    Emily Wakeling “Domani: The Art of Tomorrow” [review] Real Tokyo (online)
  • Taisuke Shimanuki "Tsubasa Kato: pull down a building using ropes" [interview] CINRA.NET (online)
  • 2018
    Tsubasa Kato "They do not understand each other” [essay] The National Museum of Art Osaka News (October)
  • Ryan Holmberg "(Drawing) Fractions of the Longest Distance" [review] Artforum vol.56 no.8 (April)
  • Yoko Nose "(Drawing) Fractions of the Longest Distance" [review] Bijutsutecho (April and May)
  • 2016
    Tsubasa Kato “Memories simultaneously erupting across spatial and temporal distances” [essay] Bungakukai (January)
  • 2015
    Laura Thomson “A conversation with Tsubasa Kato” [interview] OCULA (online)
  • Linda Dennis "Pull and Raise: Tsubasa Kato” [interview] ASSEMBLE Papers no.3
  • 2014
    Takaharu Eto "Mitakuye Oyasin” [documentary film] Group Gendai
  • Haruko Kumakura “Still the Never-World” [review] Bijutsutecho (January)
  • 2011
    Emily Wakeling “Fukagawa, Future, Humanity” [review] Eyeline (online)
  • Tsubasa Kato “LOST HOME EMBANKMENT” [DVD] MUJIN-TO Production
  • Hidenori Kondo “Tsubasa Kato” [interview] TOKYO SOURCE 064 (online)
  • Ren Fukuzumi “Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?” [review] Bijutsutecho (June)
SELECTED AWARDS AND GRANTS:
  • 2017-15
    Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs Japan
  • Japan-U.S. Exchange Friendship Program in the Arts, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
  • 2014
    Corporate Award (CHINTAI Corporation), Tokyo Designers Week 2014 Asia Awards, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2010
    Jury Prize (Kuma Kengo), Roppongi Crossing 2010: Can There Be Art?, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • Shortlisted, The 13th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, Kawasaki, Japan
  • 2009
    Bronze Prize and Jury Prize (Sakata Kazumi), GEISAI#12, Tokyo, Japan
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:
  • ・Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • ・The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
  • ・Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan