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Yoshitomo Nara's cartoonlike images and sculptures of kids and puppies -- sporting world-weary adult expressions, major attitude and salty vocabularies -- are among the most cutting edge of Japanese exports in the contemporary art world. Not only does his work speak an international language of youthful ennui, alienation, anger and bemusement, but it also speaks to adults who maintain a connection with their inner children.

One-Person Exhibitions


2006
Yoshitomo Nara, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (February 3 - March 11)


2005
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Over the rainbow: Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Kunst, Munich, Germany (travels to the K21, Dusseldorf, Germany in 2005)


2004
Yoshitomo Nara, Hara Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Keiner & Meyer, Wien, Austria
Galerie Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany
Yoshitomo Nara: new works 2004, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (travelling to Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO, San Jose Museum of Art, NM, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI throughout 2004/2005)
S.M.L., Graf Media GM, Osaka, Japan
Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, Germany
New Drawings 2003, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
The Good, the Bad, the Average.... and Unique, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Stephen Friedman, London, UK

2002
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Who Snatched the Babies, cneai, Chatou, France
12 Etchings, Spaceforce, Tokyo, Japan

2001
Nara Yoshitomo: in those days, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
I Don’t Mind, If You Forget Me, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Japan (travels to Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Ashiya City Museum of Art, Asahikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Aomori Museum of Art) (cat.)
Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings, Collette, Paris, France
Clear For Landing, Galerie Michael Zink, Munich, Germany
In the White Room, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA

2000
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
In the Empty Fortress, Galerie Johnen & Schottle, Koln, Germany
Lullaby Supermarket, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
Walk on, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

1999
Done Did, Parco Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Happy Hour, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Somebody, Whispers in Nurnberg, Institut fur Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany (cat.)
Pave Your Dreams, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Walking Alone, The Ginza Art Space, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)
In the Floating World, Nadiff Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
No, They Didn’t, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1998
Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (cat.)

1997
Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
Screen Memory, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Lonesome Puppy, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Drawing Days, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, Germany

1996
Galerie Johnen & Schottle (with Karen Kilimnik), Koln, Germany
Lonesome Puppy, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Hothouse Fresh, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan (cat.)
Empty Surprise, Artium, Fukuoka, Japan

1995
Cup Kids, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Japan
Pacific Babies, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, CA
In The Deepest Puddle, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)
Nothing Gets Me Down, Galerie Humanite, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)
Oil on Canvas, Galerie Humanite, Nagoya, Japan (cat.)
Project for Gunma, Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Takasaki, Gunma, Japan

1994
lonesome babies, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan (cat.)
Hula Hula Garden, Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christmas For Sleeping Children, Itoki Crystal Hall, Osaka, Japan (cat.)

1993
Galerie Johnen & Schottle, Koln, Germany
Be Happy, Galerie Humanite, Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan (cat.)

1992
Loft Gallery, Deventer, Netherlands
Drawings, Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1991
Harmlos, Galerie im Kinderspielhaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
cogitationes cordium, Galerie Humanite, Nagoya, Japan
Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1990
Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1989
Irrlichttheater, Stuttgart, Germany

1988
innocent being, Galerie Humanite, Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan
Goethe Institut, Düsseldorf, Germany

1985
Recent Works, Gallery Space to Space, Nagoya, Japan

1984
Wonder Room, Gallery Space to Space, Nagoya, Japan
It’s a Little Wonderful House, Love Collection Gallery, Nagoya, Japan



Group Exhibitions

2005
Kiss Kiss, c/o - Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany
Little Boy: Pop Culture in Japan, Japan Society, New York, NY (curated by Takashi Murakami) (cat.)


2004
Art Cologne 2004: over the rainbow: Yoshitomo Nara and Horoshi Sugito, galerie zink & gegner, Munich, Germany
Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Spirit, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Somewhere…Yoshitomo Nara and Horoshi Sugito, galerie zink & gegner, Munich, Germany
Hirsohi Sugito and Yoshitomo Nara, Museum of Art Den Haage, Den Haage, Netherlands

2003
Happiness: A Survival Guide for Art and Life, Mori Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
Supernova: Art of the 1990’s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco, CA Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Nichijyou Seikatsu, Speak For, Tokyo, Japan
FOIL, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Painting in Our Time, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Kids Are Us, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
Trauer/GRIEF, Atelier Augarten Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst der Österreichischen Galerie Belvedere Wien, Austria
girls don’t cry, Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Ninos, Centro de Art de Salamanca, Spain
M_ARS- ART AND WAR, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Splat, Boom, Pow! The Influence of Comics in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (curated by Valerie Cassel) (travels) (cat.)
The Japanese Experience - Inevitable, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-Unterowisheim, Germany
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (curated by Vicky Clark and Barbara Bloemink) (cat.)

2002
Weiche Bruche. Japan, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Germany
BABEL 2002, National Museum of Conetemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
JAM: TOKYO - LONDON, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Fragile Figures, Palette School, Tokyo, Japan
The Doraemon, Suntory Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Bokura no Hero and Heroine, Otaru City Museum of Art, Hokkaido, Japan
Backspace Drawing Days, Galerie Michael Zink, Munich, Germany
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, MoMA QNS, Queens, New York

2001
Neo-Tokyo Japanese Art Now, MCA, Australia
Mr., Tam Ochiai, Hiroshi Sugito, Yoshitomo Nara, Takashi Murakami, Masahiko Kuwahara, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Takashi Murakami/Yoshitomo Nara, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
JAM: TOKYO - LONDON, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Public Offerings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
My Reality: My Reality and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IO (curated by Jeff Fleming) (cat.)
Superflat, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA (curated by Takashi Murakami) (travels to Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle) (cat.)
Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, P.S.1, Center for Contemporary Art, New York, NY (traveled to Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

2000
The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern
Art, San Francisco, CA (cat.)
Presumed Innocent, Capc, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France
Trading Views, Stadtgalerie Saarbruecken, Germany / stadtische Galerie, Erlangen/ Municipal Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, Netherlands
Kinder des 20.jahrhunderts, Galerie der Stadt Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg / Mittelrhein-Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (traveled to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ)
‘00, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
Dark Mirrors of Japan, de Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands (cat.)
Gendai, Center For Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Drawn From Life, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Superflat, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (curated by Takashi Murakami) (cat.)
Continental Shift, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Viewing Path, Saarbrucken Staatgalerie, Saarbrucken, Germany

1999
Spellbound, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Forget about the ball and get on with the play, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany
New Modernism for a New Millennium, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990s, The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Art is Fun 10: Angelic, Devilish, or Both, Hara Museum ARC, Shibukawa, Japan
Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IO
Tendance, Abbaye Saint-Andre Centre d’art Contemporain, Meymac, France
It’s an animal world, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan
Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Art/Domestic, Setagaya Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan (curated by Takashi Azumaya), (cat.)

1998
The Manga Age, Museum of Contemporary Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan (cat.)

1997
Dream of Existence, Municipal Museum of Art, Budapest, Hungary
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Drawing Show, Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands (with Henk Visch)
Galerie & Ediciones Ginkgo, Madrid, Spain
VOCA, The Royal Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

1996
Tokyo Pop, The Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Hiratsuka City, Japan (cat.)
Ironic Fantasy: Another World by Five Contemporary Artists, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Miyagi, Japan (cat.)
Kind of Blue, Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Intangible Childhood, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie, Japan

1995
Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Drawing Chat (with Katsuhige Nakahashi), Shinanobashi Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Endless Happiness, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
Art x = @, SAM Museum, Osaka, Japan
That Figures, Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Book and Weight, Gallery Kuranuki, Osaka, Japan
POSITIV, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Düsseldorf-anderer Ort, Orangerie Schloss Brake, Lemgo, Germany
the future of paintings, 1995, Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan
Takeoffs, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan

1994
Gunma Biennale, Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
my room is your room, 7th Nagoya Contemporary Art Fair, Nagoya City Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Harvest ‘94, Haus Bockdorf, Kempen, Germany
Harvest Kempen-Nagoya (with Shiro Matsui), Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Art Against AIDS, Art Cologne, Koln, Germany

1993
Partners, Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Animals, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, Netherlands
Harvest ‘93 (with Shiro Matsui), Haus Bockdorf, Kempen, Germany
In Situ, Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Belgium

1992
Tijdelijk Asiel, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1991
4th Nagoya Contemporary Art Fair, Electricity Museum Nagoya, Nagoya, Japan
Pack, SA-IN Gallery, Pusan, Korea

1990
Brille, Galerie Pentagon, Koln, Germany
Acqua Strana, Galerie Ulla Sommers, Düsseldorf, Germany

1989
Mensch und Technik, Nixdorf A.G., Düsseldorf, Germany

1988
Feeling House, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Japan

1987
New Artists in Nagoya, Westbeth Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

1986
Each Person’s Expression of Space, Gifu Prefectural Art Museum, Japan
Present ‘86, Gallery NAF, Nagoya, Japan

1985
Sense of Vision and Touch, Westbeth Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Five Person’s Musical Band, Love Collection Gallery, Nagoya, Japan

1984
Paranoia, Westbeth Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Two Person Show, Gallery Denega, Hirosaki, Japan



Public Collections
Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Japan
The Aomori Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
The Japan Foundation, Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Art and Design, Nurnberg, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Japan
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

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