Kyoji Takubo (b. 1949, Ehime, Japan) studied painting at Tama Art University. He started his career as an artist in 1971, exhibiting 5 series of solo shows ‘Image Judgement’at the galleries in Tokyo. In 1980s he focused on the creation of assemblage, and represented Japan in the 41st Venice Biennale.Furthermore, in collaboration with architect Ryoji Suzuki and photographer Shigeo Anzai, he produced the project ‘Absolute Scene – 1987’ showing viewers the process of tearing down two old houses. This project took him far in his artistic odyssey to explore works involved with architecture which arose with memories and history ingrained in a specific place. From 1989, moving to Normandy, France, with his family, he devoted 11 years to the restoration of a small abandoned chapel. For the project of ‘La Chapelle des Pommiers’ , Takubo received Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Minister of Culture.

After returning to Japan, he has been undertaken the restoration of the whole sanctuary of Kompira-san shrine in Shikoku, produced mosaic wall painting for Global Plaza Entrance of University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, offering many paintings of various plants to Auberge “The HIRAMATSU Karuizawa Miyota” opened in March, 2001 and many other projects producing ‘Landscape Art’ that will live even after the disappearance of the artist.He has exhibited at galleries and museums including Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and Ohara Museum. His work is in the permanent collections of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Museum of Art, Ehime, etc.Visiting professor in Tama Art University(2012~21), Distinguished Guest Scholar in University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo.

Kyoji Takubo


‘Camélia’, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo, Japan
‘Sensory Cell 2019’, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo, Japan
‘The World of Takubo Kyoji’, The Museum of Art Ehime,
Ehime, Japan
‘Takubo Kyoji-Landscape of Kurashiki-‘, Ohara Museum of Art,
Okayama, Japan
‘Kyoji Takubo Scenery Art’, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo,
Tokyo, Japan
The Museum of Art Ehime, Ehime, Japan
‘Takubo-Project of Chapelle de Saint-Vigor-de-Mieux and Recent
Works’, Chateau de la Fresnaye, Calvados, France
‘Kyoji Takubo’, The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
‘Kyoji Takubo’, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘[Paris-Tokyo] Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition’,
Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France
‘Kyoji Takubo’, Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘OBELISK’, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘OBELISK’, Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘PACK EVENT’, Gallery Nirenoki, Tokyo, Japan
‘Joint Event〈The Story of Drinking Up a Bottle of Bourbon〉’,
Maki Gallery:Snack Keshigomu,Tokyo, Japan
‘Display of Arts Objects’, Gallery Nirenoki, Tokyo, Japan
‘Image Judgement-V’, Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
‘Image Judgement-Ⅳ’, Gallery Nirenoki, Tokyo, Japan
‘Image Judgement-Ⅲ’, Muramatsu Gallery, Tamura Gallery,Tokyo, Japan

‘The Past in Motion’, KOTARO NUKAGA, Tokyo
‘New Wave: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1980s’,
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
‘Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’ s 90th Anniversary Exhibition
Dialogue with Trees-Five Stories of Rebirth and Renewal’, Tokyo
Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
‘KONPIRA-SAN Sanctuary of the Sea – Treasures of Japanese
Painting’, Guimet Museum, Paris, France
‘The Mural Art of Kotohira-gu Shrine’, Mie Prefectural Art Museum,
Mie, Japan
‘The 30th Anniversary:Collection of the National Museum of Art’,
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
‘1945-1995 Japanese Culture: The Fifty Postwar Years’,
(traveling exhibition) , Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
‘Exhibition of Landes Region Partners’, Aquitaine Regional Council,
Gironde, France
‘Exhibition of Landes Region Partners’, Musée Despiau-Wlérick,
Mont-de-Marsan, France
Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
‘My Home Sweet Home in Ruins The Urban Environment and Art in
Japan’, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
‘FIAC’ 91(Foire internationale d’ art contemporain)’, Paris, France
‘Absolute Scene-1987’, Construction site of FRU:X Gaien, Tokyo, Japan
‘The Tenth Anniversary Exhibition / PAINTING 1977-1987’,
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
‘Art in Japan since 1969 / MONO-HA and POST MONO-HA’,
The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
‘Contemporary Icon’, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan
‘Contemporary Art・The Pioneers and The Present-From The Ohara
Museum of Art Collection’, Tsukashin Hall, Hyogo, Japan
‘For New Development of ‘Space, Material, Expression’ ‘,
Institute Français, Tokyo, Japan

Camélia 2021-#10



Gentaro Ishizuka・Mariko Kobayashi ・Kyoji Takubo | CADAN Yurakucho

KOTARO NUKAGA will hold the exhibition “Gentaro Ishizuka / Mariko Kobayashi / Kyoji Takubo by KOTARO NUKAGA” at CADAN Yurakucho from June 28 (Tue) to July 17 (Sun), 2022. Gentaro Ishizuka has traveled to polar regions such as Iceland and Alaska with a large format film camera to photograph nature and the man-made structures and

Exhibition Announcement - Art Fair Tokyo 2022

KOTARO NUKAGA will be exhibiting at ART FAIR TOKYO 2022, held at the Tokyo International Forum from March 11 (Fri). At this art fair, KOTARO NUKAGA will exhibit works by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Yuichi Hirako and seven other artists. Tomokazu Matsuyama’s new work “People With People,” is a large-scale work from his signature series “Fictional Landscape.”

Group Exhibition ‘The Past in Motion’

KOTARO NUKAGA, Tennoz will be pleased to announce a group exhibition by nine artists, ‘The Past in Motion’ from August 7th (Sat) to September 11th (Sat), 2021. Learn more Exhibition Outline Title : The Past in Motion Artist : Jean-Eugéne Atget, Darren Almond, Gentaro Ishizuka, Hirofumi Isoya, Ritsue Mishima, Man Ray, Kyoji Takubo, Kouichi Tabata, Tomoko Yoneda Date : August 7 (Sat) – September 11(Sat), 2021 

Kyoji Takubo “Camélia”

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to announce “Camélia” by Kyoji Takubo from April 17 through May 22. In this solo exhibition, we will be showcasing 13 pieces of cut-outs that dynamically expresses yabutsubaki (Japanese camellia). Learn more Exhibition Outline Title : Camélia Artist : Kyoji Takubo Date : April 17 – May 22, 2021 Open Hours

Kyoji Takubo “Sensory Cells 2019”

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present Kyoji Takubo’s solo exhibition “Sensory Cells 2019” from August 24 to October 5. This retrospective traces Takubo’s creative journey to realize what he calls ‘Sensory Cells’through works from every stage of his career, including the early objets d’art in the 1970s and the original paintings for the late project