MISE Natsunosuke Solo Exhibition “Diverse Gods”

April 27 ~ June 23, 2013 10:00~18:00/free

The Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori Public University, will hold MISE Natsunosuke's solo exhibition "Diverse gods" according to the dates below. Born in Nara Prefecture in 1973, MISE Natsunosuke became one of the standard-bearers of new Japanese-style painting after finishing his M.F.A. in Painting with a focus in Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) at Kyoto City University of Art. He is an artist who tirelessly works and continually questions Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) in a modern context and the presence of Japan in Japanese-style painting (Nihonga). Contrastively, his works are very much aware of modernity and reflect the characteristics of the region of MISE's residence in addition to modern and historical motifs.

Several of the pieces displayed in this exhibition are giant pieces made by superimposing layers of various Japanese paper that have been joined together. You may have the sense that you are looking at a huge mural or as if you are being enveloped by the painting.

In this exhibition, MISE will display giant landscape paintings in the Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) style which incorporates characteristics of Japan, Tohoku, and the Aomori region. During the exhibition, the ACAC will hold lectures, talks, gallery tours, concerts, and ink painting workshops among other events. In addition to his new work “My god”, MISE's works will fill the ACAC's gallery space centered around his fifty-meter-long “Kikei” (2003-2010).


MISE Natsunosuke

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Born in Nara Prefecture in 1973, MISE Natsunosuke received his M.F.A. in Painting with a focus in  Japanese-style painting (Nihonga) (Japanese-style Painting) from Kyoto City University of Art in 1999. He is also the winner of the Special Committee Award at the 5th Higashiyama Kaii Memorial NIKKEI Nihonga Awards in 2012. With a style that is vividly conscious of Japanese-style painting (Nihonga), he has made works which use rust as a material of expression and landscape productions laden with gold leaf and is currently engaged in expressions which primarily use sumi ink. Since 2009, he has been working under the title "Is it possible to create Tohokuga (Tohoku-style Paintings?" at Tohoku University of Art and Design, where he is an associate professor. As a part of his teaching as much as it is an investigation into Japanese-style painting (Nihonga), he conducts workshops, lectures, and exhibitions in addition to tutorials that contemplate art in the context of Tohoku. Major exhibitions include “MOT Annual 2006 –No Border—" (2006, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) and "Kami. Silence – Action" (2009, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany) among others.

1973 Born in Nara, Japan.
1999 M.F.A., in Kyoto City University of Art, Kyoto, Japan.
Currently lives and works in Yamagata, Japan.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 “ARKO”, Ohara Museum of Art, Okayama.
2009 “Summer in Winter”, Sato Museum of Art, Tokyo.
2010 “My God”, imura art gallery, Tokyo.
2010 “Trying to change this moment into eternity”, Dai-ichi Life gallery, Tokyo.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2006 “Mot annual 2006 -No border-“, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo.
2008 “Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
2008 “Form, Idea”, Essence and Rhythm: Contemporary East Asian Ink Painting, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan.
2009 “Kami.Silence-Action Japanese Contemporary Art on Paper”, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett/ Dresden castle, Dresden, Germany.
2012 “The 15th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art”, Kawasaki city Okamoto Taro Museum, Kanagawa.


portrait photo: OMOTE Nobutada

"open fifth", Japanese paper, sumi, whiting, 272×1456cm, 2012. ©MISE Natsunosuke, Courtesy of imura art gallery, photo: SENO Hiromi.

"Trying to Change This Moment into Eternity", Sumi, whiting, acrylic, collage of ink-jet print on Japanese paper, 272×1456cm, 2010. ©MISE Natsunosuke, Courtesy of imura art gallery, photo: SENO Hiromi


Organized by :  Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (ACAC), Aomori Public University
In cooperation with : Imura Art Gallery, Tohoku University of Art and Design