KOHEI NAWA

Kohei Nawa

1975 Born in Osaka. Based in Kyoto, Japan
Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts
Director of Sandwich Inc.

Education

2003 Kyoto City University of Arts, Ph.D. Fine Art Sculpture
1999 Royal College of Art, Sculpture course, exchange program
1998 Kyoto City University of Arts, B.A Fine Art Sculpture

Solo Exhibitions

2022

“Aether,” Pace Gallery New York, New York / USA
“Generative Interface,” Towada Art Center, Aomori / Japan.
“PixCell_Moment,” Pace Gallery Palo Alto, Palo Alto / USA
“Fountain,” Ginza Tsutaya Books GINZA ATRIUM, Tokyo / Japan
“Esquisse,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan

2021

“TORNSCAPE” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan
“MOMENT” SCAI PARK, Tokyo / Japan
“Wandering” Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo / Japan
“Metamorphosis Garden,” GINZA SIX, Tokyo / Japan

2020

“Oracle,” GYRE GALLERY, Tokyo / Japan
“Special exhibition for 100th anniversary of its enthronement of Meiji Jingu,” Meiji Jingu, Tokyo / Japan

2019

“Recent Works,” PACE Gallery Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“D_E_M,” rin art association, Gunma / Japan
“Foam,” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa / Japan
“VESSEL,” ARARIO Gallery Seoul | Ryse Hotel, Seoul / South Korea
“Throne -Louvre Pyramid-,” GINZA SIX, Tokyo / Japan

2018

“Biomatrix,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan
“Element-Black,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“PixCell-Deer,” Museum of Hunting and Nature, Paris / France
“Throne,” Louvre Museum, Paris / France
“Throne,” Gallery Vera Munro, Hamburg / Germany
“Trans-figure,” Pace Gallery Palo Alto, Palo Alto / USA

2017

“VESSEL,” ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai / China
“ESPUMA,” Japan House São Paulo, São Paulo / Brazil

2015

“MOVEMENT,” ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai / China
“FORCE,” Pace Gallery London, London / UK
“FORCE,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan

2013

“KOHEI NAWA | SANDWICH-CREATIVE PLATFORMFOR CONTEMPORARY ART,” EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo / Japan
“SCULPTURE GARDEN,” Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima / Japan
“Manifold Document,” ARARIO GALLERY CHEONAN, Cheonan / South Korea
“garden,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Direction | TRAUMARIS,” TRAUMARIS | SPACE, Tokyo / Japan

2012

“Kohei Nawa-TRANS | SANDWICH,” Hankyu Umeda Gallery, Osaka / Japan
“TRANS,” ARARIO GALLERY CHEONANand SEOUL, Cheonan and Seoul / South Korea

2011

“GRID-Synthesis KOHEI NAWA,” B Gallery, Tokyo / Japan
“SYNTHESIS,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan

2010

“Synthesis,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan

2009

“Transcode,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“L_B_S,” Ginza Maison Herm.s Forum, Tokyo / Japan
“CELL,” Gallery Vera Munro, Hamburg / Germany

2008

“PixCell,” Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing / China
“TORSO,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“The poetry of bizarre,” The Joan Mir Foundation, Barcelona / Spain

2007

“PixCell,” Ierimonti Gallery, Milan / Italy

2006

“AIR,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“GUSH,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan

2005

“Drawings,” studio J, Osaka / Japan

2004

“Catalyst,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“Kohei Nawa–0409.Science Fiction–,” INAX GALLERY 2, Tokyo / Japan

2003

“CELL-osmosis,” UPLINK GALLERY, Tokyo / Japan
“PixCell,” studio J, Osaka / Japan
“PixCell,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan

2002

“Kyoto Art Map, NAWA Kohei,” Gallery Maronie, Kyoto / Japan
“CELL,” Nomart Editions / Project Space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan

2001

“Art Synapse 2001, NAWA Kohei,” Gallery Maronie, Kyoto / Japan

2000

“ANIMAZUMO,” Gallery SOWAKA, Kyoto / Japan

Group Exhibitions

2022 “Since 1989 NOMART,” Ginza Tsutaya Books GINZA ATRIUM, Tokyo / Japan
“MAM Collection 015: Welcome to the Fairyland,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“OKETA COLLECTION “Mariage: From Antiques to Contemporary Art”,” WHAT MUSEUM, Tokyo / Japan
“N/World,” MtK Contemporary Art, Kyoto / Japan
“Range of the Senses: What It Means to “Experience” Today,” National Museum of Art, Osaka, Osaka / Japan
2021 “Treasure 1” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Living in symbiosis with Forest and Water,” Nagano Prefectural Art Museum, Nagano / Japan
“Reborn-Art Festival 2021-22,” Miyagi / Japan
“NO SIDE” Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi Main Store, Contemporary gallery, Tokyo / Japan
“Next World – Taguchi Art Collection x Iwaki City Art Museum,” Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima / Japan
“Kiinseido,” Meiji Jingu, Tokyo / Japan
“TAIYO,” MtK Contemporary Art, Kyoto / Japan
2020 “Self Portrait,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“250 Years of Kyoto Art Masterpieces,” Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art, Kyoto / Japan
“OKETA COLLECTION: A NEW DECADE,” Spiral Garden, Tokyo / Japan
“Cherish, your imagination,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
“Chewing Gum IV,” Pace Gallery Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“Animals in Art,” ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj / Denmark
“Meiji Jingu Forest Festival of Art: Tenkukaikatsu,” Meiji Jingu, Tokyo / Japan
“SCAI 30th Anniversary Exhibition,” SCAI PARK, Tokyo / Japan
“The 32th Kyoto Art Culture Award Exhibition,” The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto / Japan
2019 “Miracle,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Globe as a Palette ; Contemporary Art from The Taguchi Art Collection,” Sapporo Art Museum, Hokkaido / Japan
“SHITSURAI−The Arrangement of Contemporary Arts by Hideki Murayama,” Art Gallery X at Takashimaya Nihombashi,Tokyo / Japan
“raison d’etre,” GUM OMOTESANDO, Tokyo / Japan
“Globe as a Palette ; Contemporary Art from The Taguchi Art Collection,” Hakodate Museum of Art, Hokkaido / Japan
“Takahashi Collection,” Tsuruoka Art Forum, Yamagata / Japan
“Throughout Time: The Sense of Beauty,” Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto / Japan
“Reborn-Art Festival 2019,” Miyagi / Japan
“Takahashi Collection,” Tsuruoka Art Forum, Yamagata / Japan
“Globe as a Palette ; Contemporary Art from The Taguchi Art Collection,” Kushiro Art Museum, Hokkaido / Japan
"Conversations: Contemporary Asian Art,” Hermitage Museum & Gardens, Norfolk / USA
"The Life of Animals in Japanese Art," The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. / USA
“Globe as a Palette ; Contemporary Art from The Taguchi Art Collection,” Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, Hokkaido / Japan
“Tokyo Independent 2019,” Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo / Japan
“Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition,” Wuzhen / China
“Weavers of Worlds - A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art -,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
2018 “Buddha’s Life, Path to the Present,” The New Church Amsterdam, Amsterdam / Netherlands
“COMPLEX - edition & multiple,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“FUKAMI, a dive into Japanese aesthetics,” Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris / France
“AllStars,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
2017 “GLOBAL NEW ART – The Essence of Taguchi Art Collection,” WOODONE MUSEUM OF ART, Hiroshima / Japan
“Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970,” Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz / France
“Reborn-Art Festival 2017,” Miyagi / Japan
“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION Mindfulness 2017,” Yamagata Museum of Art, Yamagata / Japan
“Voice Of Asia,” ARARIO GALLERY SHANGHAI, Shanghai / China
2016 “Setouchi Triennale 2016: Inujima Art House Project,” F-Art House, Okayama / Japan
“Aichi Triennale 2016: The column project, Trans-dimensional Photos: Images in the Future Tense,” Aichi / Japan
“New Sensorium – Exiting from Failures of Modernization–,” ZKM, Karlsruhe / Germany
“Commemorating 400 years of Rinpa – The Advent of Rinpa – Touring the “Rinpa Code” of the Pre-Modern / Modern / Contemporary,” Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto / Japan
2015 “Jahresgaben 2015: Art - Can,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“COSMOS / INTIME – La collection Takahashi,” Japanese Cultural Center in Paris, Paris / France
“Kokufu’s work and colleagues,” ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka / Japan
“THE HOSOMI COLLECTION AND THE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF KYOTO,” Hosomi Museum, Kyoto / Japan
“TAKAHASHI COLLECTION Mirror Neuron,” Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo / Japan
“Taguchi Hiroshi Art Collection A Walk around the Contemporary Art World after Paradigm Shift,” The Museum of Fine Arts Gifu, Gifu / Japan
“Prudential Eye Awards 2015,” ArtScience Museum, Singapore
“Visual Deception II: Into the Future,” Nagoya City Art Museum, Aichi / Japan
2014 “M Home: Living in Space RedStar Macalline Art Project,” Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing / China
“THE MIRROR - Hold the Mirror up to nature -,” Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hall, Tokyo / Japan
“NOMART 25th Anniversary Event vol.3 FACTORY HOUSE,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“NOMART 25th Anniversary Event vol.2 Speaking Sculpture,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Beyond and Between,” Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul / South Korea
“Appetizing Art: When Art Meets Food,” Yokosuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa / Japan
“Visual Deception II: Into the Future,” Bunkamura The Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“Museum of Art in Waao!! – exciting Art x Craft Exhibition,” Urasoe City Museum of Art, Okinawa / Japan
“NOMART 25th Anniversary Event vol.1 Favorite Books,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“mission [SPACE×ART]-beyond cosmologies,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
“ULTRA × ANTEROOM exhibition,” HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO, Kyoto / Japan
“Making Links: 25 years,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan
2013 “AICHI TRIENNALE 2013,” Aichi / Japan
“Inujima Art House Project,” F-Art House, Okayama / Japan
2012 “Parallel Japanese Worlds,” A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu / China
“PEKE 1, Talk Session and Exhibition,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“LADY DIOR AS SEEN BY,” DIOR GINZA, Tokyo / Japan
2011 “BOX,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Artists with Arario 2011, Part 1,” ARARIO GALLERY SEOUL, Seoul / South Korea
“Beyond,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan
“Glasstress 2011,” Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice / Italy
“SPIRITUTAINMENT,” 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok / Thailand
“Bye Bye Kitty,” JAPAN SOCIETY, New York / USA
2010 “Trans–Cool TOKYO: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection,” Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
“NIPPON ART NEXT,” Kyoto University of Art and Design University . Tohoku University of Art and Design, Gaien Campus, Tokyo / Japan
“CITY2.0–The Evolutionary Theory of Contemporary City on the WEB Generation,” EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo / Japan
“14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010,” Dhaka / Bangladesh
“Living in Evolution,” Busan Biennale 2010, Busan / South Korea
“PRODUCT,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“Trans–Cool TOKYO: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection,” Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok / Thailand
“Franks-Suss Collection,” Saatchi Gallery, London / UK
“Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan,” Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia / Canada
2009 “Animamix Biennial-Visial Attract and Attack,” Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei / Taiwan
“Hitoshi Nomura: View From Space, From Here On…,” ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka / Japan
“The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art,” Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland / Australia
“WAR & ART IV – Terror and Simulacrum of Beauty -,” Kyoto University of Art and Design, Galerie Aube, Kyoto / Japan
“From Home to the Museum: Tanaka Tsuneko Collection,” The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Wakayama / Japan
“neoteny japan, Takahashi Collection,” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“Reborn,” Gallery Nomart, Osaka / Japan
“MOT Field of Dreams,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
“VOCA 2009,” The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo / Japan
2008 “Black State,” studio J, Osaka / Japan
“The Echo,” ZAIM, Kanagawa / Japan
“Parallel World,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
“JAPANESE GROUP SHOW SENJIRU - INFUSION,” Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich / Switzerland
“Great New Wave: Contemporary Art from Japan,” Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario / Canada
“Vivid Material,” Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo / Japan
2007 “Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“ArtScope 2005/2006”, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin / Germany
2006 “Material: White Book,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“A MUSE LAND 2007 Beautiful Dreamer,” Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido / Japan
“Smooth Sailing for BEARING NSK Bearing Art Exhibition,” Spiral Garden, Tokyo / Japan
“Banquet: A Feast for the Senses,” USC Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena / USA
“Art Scope 2005/2006,” Hara Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“Collection of Hara Museum,” Hara Museum ARK, Gunma / Japan
“Hybridity: The Evolution of Spaces and Spaces in 21st Century Art,” 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville / USA
2005 “Valencia Biennial - Agua sin ti no soy,” Valencia / Spain
“Nimbi and Penumbrae,” Dumbo Arts Center, New York / USA
“ISCP open weekend,” ISCP Studio, New York / USA
“Visualize - The history and the futurescape of visual media,” Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo / Japan
“Diverse Ways of Happiness - Japan Art Program Exhibition,” EXPO 2005 Aichi Global Common 2, Aichi / Japan
“Diverse Ways of Happiness – Proposal Drawing Exhibition,” Spiral, Tokyo / Japan
2004 “Jahres Gaben,” Nomart project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“Have We Met?,” Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo / Japan
“Hi-energy field,” Tamada Projects Art Space, Tokyo / Japan
“Cafe in Mito 2004,” Art Tower Mito - Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery, Ibaraki / Japan
“Hi-energy field,” KPO Kirin Plaza, Osaka / Japan
“sotto,” Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto / Japan
“Multiples,” Nomart Editions / project space cube & loft, Osaka / Japan
“OSAKA -ART- KALEIDOSCOPE, OSAKA 04,” CASO, Osaka / Japan
“Premonition-S,” Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto / Japan
“WINTER SHOW,” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo / Japan
2003 “KIRIN ART AWARD 2003 Osaka,” KPO Kirin Plaza, Osaka / Japan
“Take Art Collection,” Spiral, Tokyo / Japan
“KIRIN ART AWARD 2003 Tokyo,” Hillside Forum, Tokyo / Japan
“Art Court Frontier 2003,” ARTCOURT Gallery, Osaka / Japan
“OMAMORI,” Gallery Maronie, Kyoto / Japan
“trans,” Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto / Japan
“Selected Artists in Kyoto (Grand Prix),” The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto / Japan
2002 “Art in CASO,” CASO, Osaka / Japan
2001 “boomerang art project Report,” Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto / Japan
“Saw You – boomerang art project,” GAK, Bremen / Germany
“NOMART 01,” CASO, Osaka / Japan
“Nomart Projects 2001, Image and Materiality,” Nomart Edition / project space, Osaka / Japan
2000 “FEED BACK,” Gallery Sowaka, Kyoto / Japan
“boomerang art project 2000-2001,” Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto / Japan
“Wool in Wool IWATE,” Koiwai Farm, Iwate / Japan
“Art Synapse 2000,” Gallery Maronie, Kyoto / Japan
“boomerang art project, First Throw,” Galerie Weissraum, Kyoto / Japan
1999 “OSMOSIS,” Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London / UK

Collaborations

2022 “Mist,” Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong
“Mist,” Rabozaal - Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam / Netherlands
“Mist,” Amare, Den Haag / Netherlands
“Mist,” CINEMA MASSIMO, Turin / Italy
“Mist,” Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna / Austria
“VESSEL,” Teatro Fonderie Limone,Turin / Italy
“Mist,” Online broadcasts
2021 “Planet [wanderer]” Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Rouen / France
“Planet [wanderer]” Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam / Netherlands
“Planet [wanderer]” Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris / France
2020 “VESSEL,” Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris / France
2019 “VESSEL,” Cloud Gate Theater, Taipei / Taiwan
“VESSEL,” Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide / Australia
“VESSEL,” International Theater Amsterdam, Amsterdam / Netherlands
“VESSEL,” Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes / France
“VESSEL,” Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London / UK
“VESSEL,” La Monnaie, Bruxelles / Kingdom of Belgium
2018 “VESSEL,” Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth / Australia
2017 “VESSEL,” Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Yokohama / Japan
2016 “VESSEL,” Inujima / Japan
“KOHTEI,” Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens, Hiroshima / Japan
“VESSEL,” ROHM Theatre Kyoto, Kyoto / Japan
2015 “VESSEL,” Creative Center Osaka, Osaka / Japan

Public Collections

0 Daimler Art Collection, Berlin / Germany
Toyota Art Collection, Aichi / Japan
Tokyo Midtown, Tokyo / Japan
Hara Museum, Tokyo / Japan
Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo / Japan
The Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa / Japan
Shin-Marunouchi Building, Tokyo / Japan
JaPigozzi Collection, New York / USA
21c Museum, Kentucky / USA
Franks-Suss Collection, London / UK
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / Australia
Toyosu Front, Tokyo / Japan
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / Japan
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / USA
Leeum Museum of Art, Seoul / South Korea
Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne / Australia
ARARIO, Cheonan / South Korea
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo / Japan
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Kyoto / Japan
YASKAWA ELECTRIC CORPORATION, Fukuoka / Japan
Le Nouvel Ardmore, Singapore
Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho, Tokyo / Japan
Ginza Tsutaya Books, Tokyo / Japan
Conrad Osaka, Osaka / Japan
Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store, Osaka / Japan
Grand Hyatt at SFO, San Francisco / USA
Long Museum, Shanghai / China
ShinPuhKan, Kyoto / Japan
HAT Kobe, Nagisa Park, Kobe / Japan
Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, Niigata / Japan
E.SUN Commercial Bank ltd., Taipei / Taiwan
Naoshima Ryokan ROKA, Kagawa / Japan
Wuhan Mixc, Wuhan / China
COMICO ART MUSEUM YUFUIN, Oita / Japan

Awards

2019 32nd Kyoto Art Culture Award
2018 Pen CREATOR AWARDS 2018, Tokyo / Japan
2017 Distinguished Service, Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Award 2017, Kyoto / Japan
2011 Kyoto New Artist Award 2011, Kyoto / Japan
2010 First Prize, 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010, Dhaka / Bangladesh