- Born in Osaka.
- Graduates from Osaka Municipal High School of Art and Industry, department of fine art, yōga (Western-style painting) program.
Joins Gutai Art Association (until breakup in 1972).
- Receives 1st prize at Shell Art Award (Tokyo).
- Starts “Daily Portrait” series.
- Receives 2nd Osaka City Environment Amenity Award.
Currently Norio Imai is a professor emeritus at the Seian University of Art and Design, Ōtsu.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Norio Imai - Action on Film, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
- Norio Imai: Material Ecstasy, Axel Vervoordt Gallery Antwerp, Wijnegem, Belgium
- Norio Imai Retrospective–Time in Square, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
- Norio Imai – Time Collection, Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room Shinjuku, Tokyo
- Norio Imai Retrospective – Reflection and Projection, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
Norio Imai – It Begins with White, Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room Shinjuku, Tokyo
- Norio Imai – White Event, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
- Norio Imai - My Days at ‘Gutai University’, Seian University of Art and Design, Ōtsu
Norio Imai Retrospective – From 17 to 22 Years Old, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
- Daily Portraits of a Quarter Century, Mssohkan, Kōbe
- Back & Forth - Norio Imai / White Space 1964-1966, galerie 16, Kyoto
- Solo exhibition with video works, The Bank, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Norio Imai – Videotape Performance, Video Gallery SCAN, Tokyo
- Rectangular Time, Galerie Kitano Circus, Kōbe
- Solo exhibition of self-portraits, Ban Garow, Osaka
- Solo Exhibition, Walker Gallery, Tokyo
- Solo Exhibition, Gutai Pinacotheca, Osaka
- Testimony of a 17-Year-Old, Noonu Gallery, Osaka
Selected Group Exhibition
- MOJIMOJIKOTONOHA, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Omi-Hachiman, Shiga
Movie will speak！ 2021: Thought and trial of the streaming era, Galerie 16, Kyoto
- Ima-koso-GUTAI, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, continuing into 2021.
250 Years of Kyoto Art Masterpieces, The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Kyoto
Ashiya Time: A Large Collection Exhibition, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo
VITAL SIGNALS SELECTED WORKS, [on the website] Collaborative Cataloging Japan *screening the video artwork
- art trip vol.03 ‘in number, new world’, Ashiya City Museum of Art & History, continuing into 2020.
- Exposition Gutai, l'espace et le temps, Musée Soulages à Rodez, France
- Becoming & Dissolving: ‘The Art of Appreciating Simple Beauty in a Naturally Imperfect World’, Alice Black, London
31st Image Forum Festival “Severed Time, Connected Time: Imai Norio Special Program”, Image Forum, Tokyo, and other locations
46th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Gallery Joey Ramone, Rotterdam
Film and Video Works–Time Severed, Jointed and Stretched, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels
- Fluorescent Chrysanthemum, ICA, London
Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London
- Re: play 1972/2015―Restaging “Expression in Film '72”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
- PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Image and Matter in Japanese Photography from the 1970s, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
- Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
- Festival for Water Media - Aqua Passage, Shiga Citizens’ Theatre for the Arts, Kusatsu (Shiga Prefecture)
A Visual Essay on Gutai at 32 East 69th Street, Hauser & Wirth, NY
Gutai: The Spirit of an Era, The National Art Center, Tokyo
- Nul=0: The Dutch Nul Group in an International Context, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, The Netherlands
- Vital Signals – Early Japanese and American Video Art, touring exhibition to Japan Society, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Yokohama Museum of Art; The National Museum of Art, Osaka and other locations, continuing into 2010.
- Radical Communication: Japanese Video Art 1968-1988, The Getty Center, Los Angeles
- Six artists / articulation 2004, ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka
- The Earthquake Disaster and Art - What Has Been Created Since 9.17, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
- Recommendations for an ‘I’ Art – Why I Was Painted, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo
- Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, followed by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, continuing into 1995.
- Photography Art in Contemporary Japan, Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Aesthetics of Frames – Animation Theory and Practice, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
Japanese Video Art Special –1980s Edition, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
- European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
Private Visions – Japanese Video Art in the 1980s, touring exhibition: Instituto Giapponese di Cultura, Rome, Italy, and elsewhere in Europe and the USA
- On Kawara – Again and Against 1966-1989, Institute of Contemporary Art, Nagoya
- Video Cocktail III, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
- Japan – Avant-garde of the Future, Palazzo Tursi, Genoa, Italy
- Photography in Contemporary Art – The Works from the 1970s, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, followed by The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
12th Montreal International Festival of New Cinema, Montreal and two other cities, Canada
- 4th Biennale of Sydney, New South Wales Institute of Technology, Sydney, Australia
- Video Roma ’80, Museo del Folklore Romano, Rome, Italy
- From Underground Cinema to Private Films, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
- 7th International Open Encounter on Video, Fundació Miró, Barcelona, Spain
- The Broadway, Los Angeles; Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
11th Japan Art Festival Exhibition – Trends in Today’s Japanese Art ’76, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, followed by The Broadway, Los Angeles; Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
- International Open Encounter on Video, Espace Pierre Cardin (Paris), Galleria Civaca D’arte Moderna (Ferrara) and Centro de Arte y Comunicación (Buenos Aires).
The Party - Norio Imai, Saburo Muraoka, Keiji Uematsu, galerie 16, Kyoto
- 11th Japan International Art Exhibition – Realism in the Age of Reproduced Images, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
- 8th Japan Art Festival, Moderna Galerija, Ljubliana, Yugoslavia, followed by Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany
Kyoto Biennale - Art from Art Groups, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
- “This Accidental Co-action as an Incident”, street event with sounds of three artists’ heartbeats, Midōsuji Street, Osaka. (Collaboration with Toru Kuranuki and Saburo Muraoka)
Image Expression ’72 - Equivalent Cinema, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
- 10th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition – Man and Nature, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, followed by Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
- 16th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
Gutai Group Display, Midorikan Pavilion Entrance, Expo’70 World’s Fair, Suita, Osaka
- Contemporary Japanese Art – Fluorescent Chrysanthemum, ICA, London, UK
8th Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, followed by Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
- 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
- From Space to Environment, Ginza Matsuya Department Store, Tokyo
Trends in Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Annex
Zero on the Sea, Internationale Galerie OREZ, The Hague, The Netherlands
- 14th Gutai Art Exhibition, Takashimaya Department Store, Osaka (participates in all Gutai Art Exhibition until breakup in 1972).
Major Public Artworks
- “From Here to Here”, Keihan Line Tenmabashi Station, Osaka
- “Kōi Nagata Litrature Monument”, Senpuku-ji Temple, Kakogawa City, Hyogo
- “Sphere Sequence”, Onidake Garden, Gotō City, Nagasaki
“Spheres of the Heart”, Ōtsu City Hall road-side, Shiga
- “Sound stone in Harada”, Toyonaka City Elderly Care Center, Osaka (Collaboration with Yukio Fujimoto）
- “Time Stones 400”, in front of Shin-Osaka Station
Major Public Collections
Ashiya City Museum of Art and History / Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka / The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto / The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art / The Miyagi Museum of Art / Axel and May Vervoordt Foundation, Wijnegem / The Getty Center, Los Angeles / Pharmascience Collection, Canada / Rachofsky Collection, Dallas
Small Works 1950s-2020: Masatoshi Masanobu, Ryuji Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Norio Imai
2020. 9. 8 [tue] - 10.10 [sat] ARTCOURT Gallery
Norio Imai – Action on Film
2019.4.12 [fri] - 6.15 [sat] ARTCOURT Gallery
Norio Imai Retrospective ー TIME IN SQUARE
2016.03.26 [sat] - 04.23 [sat] ARTCOURT Gallery
Norio Imai Retrospective – Reflection and Projection
2014.7.8[tue] – 8.2[sat] ARTCOURT Gallery
Norio Imai Retrospective: From 17 to 22 years old
2012.10.9[tue] – 2012.10.27[sat] ARTCOURT Gallery
Six artists / articulation 2004
2004.9.4 [sat] – 9.25 [sat] ARTCOURT Gallery