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Norio Imai

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Biography

1946
Born in Osaka.
1964
Solo exhibition, 17-sai no Shōgen (Testimony of a 17-Year-Old), Noonu Gallery, Osaka
14th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka
1965
Joins Gutai Art Association. (Imai participated in every Gutai Art Association exhibitions until 1972 when the group broke up.)
1966
10th Shell Art Award Exhibition, Shirokiya Department Store, Tokyo. Wins First Prize.
From Space to Environment, Ginza Matsuya Department Store, Tokyo
Nul Negentienhonderd vijf en Zestig ("Nul 1966"), International Galerie Orez, Den Haag, Netherlands
Trends in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Annex
Solo exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka
1967
5th Biennale de Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, France
1st Sōgetsu Experimental Film Festival, Sōgetsu Hall, Tokyo, followed by Yasaka Hall, Kyoto
1968
Contemporary Space 1968: Light and Environment, Sogō Department Store, Kōbe
1970
Garden on Garden, Expo ’70 Museum, Expo ’70 World’s Fair, Suita, Osaka
1972
Street Event with Heart Sounds of Three People, Midōsuji Street, Osaka
Image Expression ’72 – Thing, Place, Time And Space – Equivalent Cinema, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1973
Kyoto Biennale – Art from Art Groups, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
1975
Impact Art / Video Art '74, Galerie Impact, Lausanne, Switzerland
1976
Contemporary Artists of Japan – Through the Lens of Duchamp, Gallery Pete, Osaka, followed by Institut Français du Japon, Kyoto
1979
Starts Daily Portrait series.
1980
Video Roma ’80, Museo del Folklore Romano, Rome
1982
4th Biennale of Sydney, New South Wales Institute of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Creation of Time Stones 400 in front of Shin-Osaka Station
1983
Photography in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, followed by The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
Norio Imai – Rectangular Time, Gallery Kitano Circus, Kōbe
1985
Self-Portrait Today, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
1986
Four Video Artists: The Netherlands-Japan, Osaka Contemporary Art Center
1988
Japan High Technology Art Exhibition, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
1989
On Kawara – Again and Against 1966-1989, Institute of Contemporary Art, Nagoya
1992
Sphere of Time and Sphere of Humans, monuments for Kansai Science City, Seika-cho, Sōraku-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
1993
Gutai II: 1959–1965, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History
1994
Time/Art – Expressions of Time in Twentieth Century Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; then San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens.
1996
Back & Forth – Norio Imai / White Space 1964-1966, galerie 16, Kyoto
1997
Recommendations for an ‘I’ Art – Why I Was Painted, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo
2000
The Earthquake Disaster and Art – What Has Been Created Since 9.17, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kōbe
2001
Creation of From Here to Here sculpture on platform of Tenmabashi Station (Keihan Line, Osaka)
2002
Norio Imai – Time Mandala, Studio Earka, Osaka
2003
Water as Material, Water as Theme, Gallery Art Site, Seian University of Art and Design, Ōtsu
2004
Gutai Retrospective – Commemorating Fifty Years Since Formation, Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kōbe
Six Artists / Articulation 2004, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
2005
Daily Portraits of a Quarter-Century, Mssohkan, Kōbe
2006
My Rule – Accumulation of Personal Time, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Ōmi-Hachiman (Shiga Prefecture)
Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968-1988, Getty Center, Los Angeles
2008
YEBESSAN – Norio Imai ‘Alter Ego Techniques’, Atelier Fūshikaden, Nishinomiya
2009
Norio Imai – The Inside and Outside of White, Kaede Gallery, Osaka
Vital Signals – Early Japanese and American Video Art, touring exhibition to Japan Society, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Yokohama Museum of Art; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; and other locations, continuing into 2010.
2010
The Power of Forms – Art of the Rapid Growth Era, (Temporary) Exhibition, Shinsaibashi Space, Osaka Museum of Modern Art
2011
Norio Imai – Thoughts on the Frame, LADS Gallery, Osaka
Norio Imai – Frame In, CAS, Osaka
Nul=0: The Dutch Nul Group in an International Context, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
Masked Portrait – When Vibrations Become Forms, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA (continuing in 2012)
2012
Norio Imai – Beyond the frame, Gallery PARC, Kyoto
Norio Imai – My Days at ‘Gutai University’, Seian University of Art and Design, Ōtsu
Gutai: The Spirit of an Era, The National Art Center, Tokyo
Norio Imai – ‘Gutai University’ Selection, LADS Gallery, Osaka
A Visual Essay on Gutai at 32 East 69 Street, Hauser & Wirth, New York, USA
Norio Imai Retrospective – From 17 to 22 Years Old, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
Regeneration – Made in Japan, KUNST ARZT, Kyoto
Reading / Happenings in Paper, Gallery PARC, Kyoto
Festival for Water Media – Aqua Passage, Shiga Citizens’ Theatre for the Arts, Kusatsu (Shiga Prefecture)
2013
Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Solo exhibition, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.
2014
Solo Exhibition 'Perspective in White', Galerie Richard NY, USA
Solo Exhibition 'Beginning from White', Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku , Tokyo
2015
Solo Exhibition 'Norio Imai: Time Collection', Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shiinjuku, Tokyo
PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
Solo Exhibition (Part I) 'Norio IMAI, Shadow of Memory' / (Part Ⅱ) 'Norio IMAI, White Event', Galerie Richard, Paris
Re: play 1972/2015 - Restaging "Expression in Film '72”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2016
Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London
Solo Exhibition 'Norio Imai ”White Event × moving images 1966-2016″', Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku, Tokyo
Solo Exhibition 'Norio Imai Retrospective – TIME IN SQUARE', ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
Solo Exhibition 'Norio Imai Solo Exhibition', GALERIE ASHIYA SCHULE, Ashiya
Solo Exhibition 'Clezio, Koi, Article 9 Norio Imai', Plus1Art, Osaka
2017
Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Image Forum Festival 2017, Fukuoka City Sōgō Library / Aichi Arts Center
Norio Imai - Cairn of Sounds, +1 art, Osaka

Public collections

Ashiya City Museum of Art and History / Osaka Prefecture / The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga / Osaka Museum of Modern Art (tentative) / Hyōgo Prefectural Museum of Art / The Miyagi Museum of Art / The Dallas Museum of Art / The Getty Center, Los Angeles / Vervoordt Foundation

Publications

NORIO IMAI- Gutai and Later Work   More details

ACG Exhibition

Norio Imai Retrospective – TIME IN SQUARE

2016 ARTCOURT Gallery
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Norio Imai Retrospective - Reflection and Projection

2014 ARTCOURT Gallery
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Norio Imai Retrospective : From 17 to 22 years old

2012 ARTCOURT Gallery
Norio Imai Retrospective : From 17 to 22 years oldNorio Imai Retrospective : From 17 to 22 years oldNorio Imai Retrospective : From 17 to 22 years old

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