Born 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan. Died 2008 in Amagasaki, Japan

EDUCATION       

1948                         
Kyoto Municipal Special School of Painting, Kyoto, Japan

AWARDS

2002                        
Osaka Art Prize

1999                        
Distinguished Service Medal for Culture

1987                         
Hyogo Prefectural Cultural Prize for Excellence

1965                         
Amagasaki Citizen’s Cultural Prize

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017                         
Dominique Lévy Gallery, London

2015                         
Mnuchin Gallery, New York

2014                         
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong

2012                         
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp

2009                       
Kazuo Shiraga: Painting Born Out of Fighting, Azumino Municipal Museum of Modern Art, Toyoshina; also traveled to: Amagasaki Cultural Center, Amagasaki; Yokosuka Museum of Art, Yokosuka; Hekinan Museum of Contemporary Art, Hekinan Kazuo Shiraga: Six Decades, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York

2007                        
Kazuo Shiraga: Paintings and Watercolours 1954-2007, Annely Juda Fine Art, London 2004 Kazuo Shiraga zum 80. Geburtstag – Bilder, Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin 2001 Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe Kazuo Shiraga: Paintings and Watercolours, Annely Juda Fine Art, London

2000                       
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1997                         
Gallery Apa, Nagoya

1995                         
Amagasakishinkitashin Office, Osaka

1994                         
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1992                         
Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin Galerie Stadler, Paris

1991                         
Gallery Shirakawa, Kyoto Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo 1990 Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo Gallery Kasahara, Osaka

1989                         
Amagasaki Cultural Centre, Amagasaki Gallery Kuranuki, Osaka 1

1988                         
Gallery Haku, Osaka Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Berlin

1987                         
Galleria Milano, Milan

1986                         
Galerie Stadler, Paris

1985                         
Gallery Re-Art, Kyoto The Contemporary Art Gallery, Seibu Department Store, Tokyo Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

1984                         
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1982                         
Gallery Haku, Osaka

1981                          
Gendaito Centre Mini-Pinacotheca, Miyazaki

1980                        
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1979                         
Tor Road Gallery, Kobe

1978                         
Tor Road Gallery, Kobe Miyako Gallery, Osaka

1976                         
Asahi Gallery, Kyoto Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka Miyako Gallery, Osaka

1975                         
Kintetsu Department Store, Osaka

1974                         
Tobi Gallery, Osaka Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka Fujibi Gallery, Osaka

1973                         
Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1964                         
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1962                         
Galerie Stadler, Paris
International Centre of Aesthetic Research, Galleria Notizie, Turin
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015                         
Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino, Dominique Lévy Gallery, New York
Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

2013                         
Middlegate Geel '13, CC De Werft, Geel
Présence/Absence, Espace Le Majorat, Villeneuve-Tolosane
Clues of Asia. Asian Contemporary Art from Long Collection, The Long Museum, Shanghai
Gutai: Splendid Playground, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

2012                         
Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde, Museum of Modern Art, New York Destroy the Picture, Painting the Void, 1949-1962, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
After Gutai, McCaffrey Fine Art, New York
Gutai: The Spirit of an Era, National Art Center, Tokyo
Explosion! Painting as Action, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; also traveled to: Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
A Visual Essay on Gutai at 32 East 69th Street, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, New York

2008                    
ACADEMIA: Qui es-tu?, Chapelle de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux
Arts, Paris

2007                      
ARTEMPO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice

2006                        
ZERO International Künstler-Avantgarde der 50/60er Jahre, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; also traveled to: Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne

2005                       
Big Bang. Destruction et création dans l’art de 20é siècle, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

2004                      
Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg
Retrospective Exhibition of Gutai, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

2003                       
Gutai Bijutsu Kyokai (Concrete Art Association), Gallery ART U, Osaka
The Contemplation of Space, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

2001                         
Kazuo Shiraga - Fred Thieler - Jan Voss, Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin

2000                      
Memorial of Earthquake Disaster, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe
Guten Morgen Malerei, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg

1999                        
The Movement of 20th Century in Art, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Fukuoka
Gutai, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris

1998                         
Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-79, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; also traveled to Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Picaf -2nd International Contemporary Art Festival Pusan, Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan

1996         
Charity Auction for Honsin Disaster, Seibu Shinjuku PePe Salon, Tokyo Memory of Friends: Waichi Tsutoka and Shigeru Izumi, Keihan Gallery, Moriguchi
Art on 1953, After the War, Meguro Art Museum, Tokyo
The Yomamura Collection, Chiba City Museum, Chiba
L’Informe: mode d’emploi (Formless: A User’s Guide), Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1995                         
Contemporary Calligraphy, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo

1994           
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama; also traveled to: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

1993                         
Gutai II 1959-1965, Ashiya Municipal Art Museum, Ashiya
XLV Venice Biennale, Venice
The Gutai Group 1955/56, Penrose Institute, Tokyo

1992                         
Gutai I 1954-1958, Ashiya Municipal Art Museum, Ashiya Reconstructed Gutai Field Exhibition, Ashiya Park, Ashiya Blue Wave, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo

1991                         
Soga, Grand Palais, Paris
Painting of the Showa Period Post-War, Himeji Municipal Art Museum, Himeji
Gutai, Darmstadt Museum, Darmstadt
Line in Contemporary Art, Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Movement of Contemporary Prints, Ashiya Municipal Art Museum, Ashiya

1990                        
Gutai: Unfinished Avant-garde Group, Shoto Museum of Art, Tokyo
Stream of Contemporary Art, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Giappone all’avanguardia - Il Gruppo Gutai negli anni Cinquento, The National Museum of Modern Art, Rome

1989                         
The Visionary Yamamura Collection, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe
Shiga, The Masterpieces of Niigata Prefectural Art Museum, Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Japan and Australia Interchange Exhibition, Tottori Prefectural Museum, Tottori

1988                         
Art Kite Show, traveled to nine Japanese museums and internationally
Locus of Feet 1988, Yurakucho Seibu Art Forum, Tokyo; also traveled to: Tsukashin Hall, Amagasaki; World Children’s Art Museum, Okazaki; Fukuyama Art Museum, Fukuyama and Oita Prefectural Art Hall, Oita
Expression of Movement, Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Movement of Japanese Contemporary Art, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

1987                         
Japan Art Vivant, Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille

1986                         
Le Japon des Avant-Gardes 1910-70, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1985                         
Artists in Hyogo, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe
Human Documenta '84/85, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
The Society for Research for the Yamamura Collection, National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka
Jiro Yoshihara and Gutai, Ashiya Citizen Centre, Ashiya
Gutai and Cobra, National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka
40 Years of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Japanese Contemporary Paintings, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Reconstructions: Avant-Garde Art in Japan 1945-65, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; also traveled to: Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
Action and Emotion, Paintings of the 50s, National Museum of Art, Osaka Grupo Gutai-Pintura y Acción, Museo Español de Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Taipei City Art Museum, Taipei Japanese Art Today, Mandeville Gallery, University of California, San Diego The Ohara Museum Collection, Tsukashin Hall, Osaka
Today's Black and White, Saitama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Saitama

1984                         
Contemporary Art through the 20 Years, Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
Sadamasa Motonaga and Kazuo Shiraga, Wakayama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Contemporary Art by Artists in Kansai 1950-1970, Seibu Hall, Yao Dada in Japan: japanische Avantgarde 1920-1970, Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf

1982                         
Panorama of Japanese Contemporary Paintings, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
View of 30 Japanese Contemporary Paintings after the War, Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima
Space Adesso, Ashiya (with Jiro Yoshihara)

1981                          
Contemporary Art, Nara Prefectural Art Museum, Nara
The 1950s: Gloom and Shafts of Light, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
The Art of Today's Japan, Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai
1960s – Decade of Change in Contemporary Japanese Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; also traveled to: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

1980                         
Japanese Modern Art - 20 Years Post War, Kyoto City Art Museum, Kyoto

1979                                   
Jiro Yoshihara and Current Aspects of Gutai, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

1977                         
The Japanese Modern Art, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

1976                         
18 Years of Activity of the Gutai Group, National Museum of Art, Osaka

1975                     
4 Abstract Painters, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe

1970                         
Sekihi 70, Expo '70, Osaka

1966                        
17th Selected Master Pieces, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo

1965                              
Groupe Gutai, Galerie Stadler, Paris
8th Japan International Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo
16th Gutai Exhibition, Keio Department Store, Tokyo
The New Japanese Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York; also traveled to: Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Nul, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1963                         
14th Selected Master Pieces, Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi, Tokyo Movement of the Contemporary Paintings, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
1er Salon International de Galeries Pilotes Lausannes, Musée Cantonel des Beaux Arts, Lausanne
Exposition d'art modern, Grand Palais, Paris

1962                         
Salon de Tokyo, Isetan Department Store, Tokyo
5th Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1961                         
Continuité et Avant-garde au Japon, International Centre of Aesthetic Research, Turin
Experimental Art Today, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1960                        
4th Exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo

1959                         
XI Premio Lissone, Lissone
Métamorphisme, Galerie Stadler, Paris

1958                         
International Art of a New Era: ‘Informel’ and Gutai, Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka, also traveled to: Tokyo and New York

1957                          
First Art Show of Gutai on Stage, Sankei Kaikan Hall, Osaka; also traveled to: Sankei Centre, Tokyo
International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo

1956                         
Second Gutai Art Exhibition, Ohara Hall, Tokyo

1955                         
First Gutai Exhibition, Ohara Hall, Tokyo
Experimental Outdoor Modern Art Exhibition to Challenge the Burning Midday Sun, Ashiya Park, Ashiya

1954                         
Hankyu Department Store, Osaka (with Saburo Murakami)