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Life and Work

Morio Nishimura

Morio Nishimura's seemingly delicate bronze sculptures emerge from heavy, complex structures, from »discs« of chipboard that are sawn, glued, and sanded until they assume the organic form of lotus leaves. In their early stages, these constructions may even recall the traditional craft of shipbuilding.

Nishimura learned this technique in Kamakura, a small coastal town southwest of Tokyo that served as the country's capital for centuries. It is known not only for its ancient temples and sanctuaries, but also for a special wood carving technique, the so-called »Kamakura-bori«. He creates detailed technical drawings, which are calculated with a calculator and not with a computer. These not only provide fascinating insights into the process of creation, but also convey the profound sense of abstraction behind the finished works. The layered wooden segments of the first construction phase also point to an underlying abstraction.

The lotus leaf is a central motif in his bronze sculptures, as well as in his delicate works on handmade paper. Lotus leaves, blossoms, and seeds inspire its formal vocabulary. The lotus is a symbol of Buddhism in terms of content and form, which stands for the cycle of birth and death as well as for the transmigration of souls. But in other Asian religions too, the leaf represents elegance, purity, and grace. Nishimura is by no means interested in reproducing the lotus leaf as a purely decorative object, but enters into a spiritual semiotics. On the occasion of his large exhibition in the Museum of Modern Art Kamakura, he explained »I carry the lotus inside me. It often seizes my thoughts as a memory. In an abstract sense, I am in an intense relationship with it and so it is a part of me«.

Morio Nishimura was born in 1961 in Kamakura, the small coastal town not far from Tokyo. After studying art at Tama Art University in Tokyo, he came to Germany on a DAAD scholarship in 1991 and continued his studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf as a master student of Prof. Günther Uecker. At the same time, he also worked as a lecturer in the field of fine arts at the University of Mainz. In 2000/1 Nishimura was artist in residence at the Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne. Nishimura lives and works in Düsseldorf. He has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad, including at the Kunststation St. Peter (2002), at the Museum of Modern Art Kamakura and Hamaya (2005), at the Swiss Triennial of Sculpture – Bad RagARTz, Bad Ragatz and Vaduz (2009 and 2012), at the Mediation Biennale in Poznan/Poland (2012), and at Tamaguchi Fine Art Tokyo (2011/2013).

Biography

1960 born in Tokyo
1985 Tama Art University, M.A. Fine Art
1992 – 1995 Art Academy in Duesseldorf, masterclass of Guenter Uecker
1995 Lives in Meerbusch and works in Düsseldorf, DE
1997 – 2000 Teaching assignment at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, DE
2001/02 Artist in Residence at the Kunst-Station St. Peter Cologne, DE

Prizes and Awards

1998 Stipendiat des japanischen Kulturministeriums
1992 DAAD Stipendium für ein Studium an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, DE bei Prof. Günther Uecker

Works (Selection)

Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Manna B12 (Gussmodell ausgestellt), 2013
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Manna B12 (Gussmodell ausgestellt), 2013
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Oblivion Zf. B1, 2017
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Oblivion Zf. B1, 2017
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - Oblivion Nr. 8, 2015
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - Oblivion Nr. 8, 2015
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Oblivion 4, 2013
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen – Oblivion 4, 2013
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - Oblivion B1, 2012
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - B16, 2009
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - K.G. 14, 2008
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - Manna B9, 2008
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - B2, 2008
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - B10, 2006
Morio Nishimura, Kalpa-8, 2006
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen - B2 (Sweet Rain - B2), 2005
Morio Nishimura, Kalpa, 2005, © Beck & Eggeling
Morio Nishimura, o.T., 2001, © Beck & Eggeling
Morio Nishimura, o.T., 2001, © Beck & Eggeling
Morio Nishimura, Süßer Regen (Sweet Rain), 1998

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2012 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2011 Taguchi Fine Art ltd., Tokyo, JP
Galerie König, Hanau, DE
2010 Galerie König, Hanau, DE
2009 Galerie König, Berlin, DE
2008 Taguchi Fine Art ltd., Tokyo, JP
2007 Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, JP
2006 Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2005 Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen, DE
Taguchi Fine Art ltd., Tokyo, JP
The Museum of Modern Art Kamakura & Hayama, Kanagawa, JP
2004 Taguchi Fine Art ltd., Tokyo, JP
Teloy-Muehle, Meerbusch, DE
2002 Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, DE
Taguchi Fine Art ltd., Tokyo, JP
1998 Hete A. M. Huenermann Galerie, Dusseldorf, DE
1996 Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, DE
1995 Galerie Heimeshoff-Jochen Kruepper, Essen, DE
1994 Galerie Konrad Mönter, Meerbusch, DE

Group exhibitions (selection)

2011 Taguchi Fine Art in Köln“ Temporary Gallery, Cologne, DE
Skulpturen bei 529 Bingen am Rhein, Bingen, DE
2009 4. Triennale der Skulptur, Bad Ragaz und Vaduz, CH
2008 Trepertre, Siracusa Sizilien, IT
Bronze Skulptur, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2007 Gerisch-Skulpturenpark, Herber Gerisch Stiftung, Neumünster, DE
2006 Museum Kruysenhuis (mit Susan Reijnders), Oirshot, NL
2005 Kunst für die Ewigkeit, Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf, DE
2004 Creation Counterattack, Prefectural Hall Gallery, Kanagawa, JP
1999 SCHOEPFUNG, Diözesanmuseum Freising, Munich, DE
Japanisches Kulturinstitut (mit Ingrid Weber), Cologne, DE
1998 KREUZGANG, Sankt Stephan Kirche, Mainz, DE
Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, DE
1996 DENK ICH AN DEUTSCHLAND 1933-1945 1995, Heinlich-Heine Museum, Dusseldorf, DE
1995 Das Heilige. Kunstprojekt in Recklinghausen und Marl, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten der Stadt Marl, Kath- und Ev Kirche in Recklinghausen und Marl, DE
Made in Mauritius. Project Uecker-Klasse. Ministry of Art and Culture, Port-Luis Mauritius & Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, DE

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Morio Nishimura. Oblivion – Zugang zum Paradies

Morio Nishimura. Oblivion – Zugang zum Paradies

  • Artist: Morio Nishimura
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: David Galloway, Antonia Lehmann-Tolkmitt, Morio Nishimura
  • English, German
    Hardcover, 21,5 x 28,5
    71 pages, 38 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2013
  • 18,00 €
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Renaissance Reloaded. Deconstructing Piero della Francesca

Renaissance Reloaded. Deconstructing Piero della Francesca

  • Artists: Aljoscha, Gisela Beck, Herbert Beck, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Alkis Boutlis, Michael Craig-Martin, Gehard Demetz, Joachim Elzmann, Dorothee Golz, Wolf Hamm, Anton Henning, Thomas Kesseler, Julia Kissina, Jiri Kolar, Victor Kraus, Heinz Mack, Xavier Mascaró, Vik Muniz, Hartmut Neumann, Morio Nishimura, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Apostolos Palavrakis, Pablo Picasso, Katharina Schilling, Emma Stibbon, Manolo Valdés, Andy Warhol, William Wegman, Stefan à Wengen, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Michael Beck, Alkis Boutlis, Jil Gärtner, Wolf Hamm, Thomas Kesseler, Antonia Lehmann-Tolkmitt, Heinz Mack, Xavier Mascaró, Kirsten Nordahl, Stefan à Wengen, Thomas Wrede
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Martina Löhle)
  • Italy, English, German
    Hardcover, 28 x 24 cm
    128 pages, 82 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2013
    ISBN 978-3-93091982-6
  • 30,00 €
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