Rinko Kawauchi

The artist was born in Shiga, Japan, in 1972. She currently lives and works in Tokyo.


Kawauchi burst on the international scene in 2001 when she was awarded the Kimura-Ihei-Prize, Japan’s most important emerging talent photography prize, shortly followed by the simultaneous publication of three beautiful books, Utatane (Catnap), Hanabi (Fireworks), and Hanako, her very personal study of a young girl of the same name. Met with great critical acclaim, these “visual essays” demonstrate her finesse and skill of telling a photographic tale. Since this triple-debut, the artist has gone to publish another eleven books, the newest of which are Illuminance and Ametsuchi. Kawauchi, currently one of the most famed contemporary female Asian artists, is a recipient the eminent Annual Infinity Award (2009) from New York’s International Centre of Photography, in the category Art, and similarly was shortlisted in 2012 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. She has joined and held many group and solo shows both at home and abroad, with major solo exhibitions in the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, London’s The Photographers’ Gallery, the Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Semear Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, or Brussels’ ARGOS Centre for Art & Media. Major group exhibitions to date include those at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, inTokyo, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi, or the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents. Her unique approach is like a “drawing senses”, embracing motifs of every day details as well as cycle of life and its transience, and has been admired by art lovers all over the world.


Education


1993

Graduated Seian University of Art and Design (ex Seian Women’s College)



Solo Exhibitions


2024

“Rinko Kawauchi – a faraway shining star, twinkling in hand”, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden


2023

“Rinko Kawauchi – Ametsuchi, Illuminance, Aila, Utatane”, Priska Pasquer, Paris, France

Rinko Kawauchi, Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, UK


2022

“Rinko Kawauchi – A Retrospective”, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

“Rinko Kawauchi: M/E ―On this sphere Endlessly interlinking”, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo / Shiga Museum of Art, Shiga, Japan

"Making Daidai Shoten", Rainy Day Bookstore & Café, Tokyo / Daidai Book Shop, Kumamoto, Japan

"Rinko Kawauchi and Yamanami Kobo", umi no schole, Shiga, Japan


2021

"Under the same sky", MA2 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

"as it is", gallery trax, Yamanashi, Japan

"A DROP", TEATON / PHAETON, Kanazawa, Japan

"M/E", Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store Main Building 6F contemporary Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2020

"as it is", POST, Tokyo / RAURAUJI gallery, Osaka, Japan


2019

"Days about" Atelier Yamanami, HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO (GALLERY 9.5), Kyoto / Gallery TUTUMU, Shiga, Japan

"When I was seven.", agnès b. galerie boutique, Tokyo, Japan


2018

"Someday for Sure", Gallery TUTUMU, Shiga, Japan

"A New Day", POST, Tokyo / Orange, Kumamoto, Japan

"Halo", foto-forum, Italy


2017

"Halo", POST, Tokyo / Morioka Shoten, Tokyo

„Halo“, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


2016

„The river embraced me“, Meessen De Clercq, Bruxelles, Belgium

„The rain of blessing“, Gallery 916, Tokyo, Japan

„Rinko Kawauchi: The river embraced me“, Contemporary Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

„Someday for sure“, Orange, Kumamoto / gallery trax, Yamanashi, Japan

"Till The Day", NOMA t.d. store, Tokyo, Japan


2015

„Let’s sing a song our bodies know“, GUCCI Shinjuku 3F, Tokyo, Japan

„Illuminance“, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria


2014

„Light and Shadow“, Colissimo, Hyogo

„Ametsuchi“, Main Gallery Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge, USA

„New Pictures 9“, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, USA


2013

„Ametsuchi”, Galerie Priska Parquer, Cologne

„Light and Shadow”, KAGIYA Building 4F Gallery, Hamamatsu “Ametsuchi”, Aperture Gallery, New York

„Light and Shadow”, msc Gallery, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan

„Ametsuchi”, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

„Illuminance”, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


2012

„Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

„Light and Shadow”, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo, Japan


2011

„A Glimmer in Silence”, FO.KU.S Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Austria

„Illuminance”, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

„Illuminance”, Gallery at Hermès, New York, USA

„murmuration”, Rose Gallery, Los Angels, USA


2010

„the eyes, the ears”, Kunstverein Augsburg e.V., Augsburg, Germany

„A Glimmer in Silence”, Galeria Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany

„AILA”, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga, Japan

„I ridescence”, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium

“Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss“ – Photography, Video and Slides, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium


2009

„Condensation”, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York, USA

„a pause”, GALLERY TRAX, Yamanashi, Japan


2008

„Rinko Kawauchi”, Antoine de Vilmorin, Paris, France

“Cui Cui”, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

„Semear”, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan

„UTATANE”, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain


2007

„Cohan and Leslie”, New York, USA

„Semear”, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

„AILA + the eyes, the ears”, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden

„AILA + the eyes, the ears”, Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden


2006

„AILA + the eyes, the ears”, FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen, Denmark

Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany

„AILA + the eyes, the ears”, Galeria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy

„Rinko Kawauchi”, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England


2005

„AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears”, Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris, France

„AILA”, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui, Japan

„AILA”, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA

„Cui Cui”, QUATRE Florence, Italy


2004

„AILA”, California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside, USA

„UTATANE”, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA

„AILA”, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2003

„HANABI”, white cube, Kyoto, Japan

„HANABI”, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„Blue”, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„Rinko Kawauchi”, 4F Gallery, Los Angels, USA

„Wacall photo exhibition”, SPIRAL GARDEN, Tokyo, Japan

„UTATANE”, vonrot gallery, Berlin, Germany


2002

„HANABI”, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„UTATANE”, Colette, Paris, France


2001

„UTATANE”, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„HANABI”, Gray, Tokyo, Japan

„HANAKO”, Little More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

„HIBI”, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2000

„HITOIKI”, Light Works, Kanagawa, Japan


1998

„UTATANE”, Guardian Garden, Tokyo, Japan



Group Exhibitions


2023

"Collection Exhibition 1 – It knows : When Forms Become Mind", 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

"Wabi Sabi", Japanmuseum SieboldHuis, Netherlands

"I have not loved (enough or worked)", The Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA), Australia

2022

Art & New Ecology, THE UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM / The 5th Floor, Tokyo

20th anniversary of opening Exhibition "Flower of Life", Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

The Ateliers of Wonders, HOMO FABER,

Rinko Kawauchi and Yamanami Kobo, Higashi Osaka City Art Center, Osaka


2021

The Prix Pictet Fire exhibition tour

Thailand Biennale 2021,Thailand

WAYS OF TELLING, Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, Tokyo

CHIBA FOTO, Chiba Chuo Community Center, Matsunami Annex


2020

The Sense of Wonder into another garden, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present, The National Art Center, Tokyo


2019

CAMK Collection Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan

Miffy's Field of Flowers: The World of Dick Bruna Picture Books, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka TOP Collection, Japan

Reading Images: The Time of Photography, TOP MUSEUM, Tokyo, Japan

Lianzhou Foto Festival 15th Edition, China


2018

"Forever (and again)", IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka, Japan

"A Matter of Light", PALAZZO REALE, Mailand, Italy

"Asama International Photo Festival", Nagano, Japan

"A Beautiful Moment", Huis Marseille, Amsterda, Netherlande

"25th Anniversary in Gallery Trax vol.I", gallery trax, Yamanashi, Japan

"Incognito: The Eye in Search, The 6th SIPF 2018 Festival", Singapore

"TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018", National Portrait Gallery, Londo, England


2017

"Prix Pictet", V&A Museum, London / CAMERA, Torino "Seize the Uncertain Day", Chinretsukan Gallery (The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts), Tokyo, Japan

"Somewhere I Have Never Travelled", URANO, Tokyo, Japan

"Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970" Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

2016

„Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now“, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

"Genius loci" – The Higashikawa Awards –, Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan


2015

„In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11”, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

„The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography”, Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA


2014

„INAUGURAL EXHIBITION, SHERRICK & PAUL BIWAKO”, Bienna Shiga,Paraty en Foco en festa, Paraty, Brazil

„Rinko Kawauchi×NOMA”, t.d. gallery trax,Yamanashi / TRAUMARIS, Tokyo / rizm, Hyogo, Japan

„Landskrona Fotofestival 2014”, Landskrona, Sweden

„Photography will be”, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan

„VIVID MEMORIES”, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France


2013

„Exhibition of the 29th Higashikawa Award Winners“, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan

„The Aesthetics of Photography - Five Elements Collection Exhibition 2013“, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

„Fotografia Europea“, Reggio Emilia, Italy


2012

„Daegu Photo Biennale 2012”, Daegu, Korea

„Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012”, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England

„To Wander a Garden”, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

„Visible / Invisible”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan


2011

„FotoGrafia” - Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy

„Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg”, Mannheim, Germany

„Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal”, Montréal, Canada

„Colloquy and Soliloquy”, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York, USA

„Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art curated by David Elliott”, Society, New York, USA


2010

„The 6th Lianzhou Photography Festival”, Lianzhou, China

„Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents curated by Martin Parr”, Brighton, UK

„Summer Loves, Huis Marseille”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

„Kassel Fotobook Festival 2010”, Documenta Halle, Kassel, Germany


2009

„Touch the World Borderless”, Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga, Shiga

„Photography Now “ China, Japan, Korea San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

„Parrworld”, Jeu de Paume, Paris; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK

„FotoGrafia Festival International in Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni”, Rome, Italy

„Verdure! New Acquisitions and Related Works of the Collection”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan


2008

„Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are”, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

„Parrworld”, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany


2007

„Curator’s Choice ’07: Museum Dialogues”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan


2006

„A to Z by Yoshitomo Nara + graf”, Yoshii Brick House, Aomori, Japan

„PHotoEspaña 2006”, Madrid, Spain

„Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain”, Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

„Whisper not!”, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


2004

„Lonely Planet”, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Mito, Japan

„AILA & UTATANE”, Recontres d’Arles Photographie, France


2003

„Love Planet”, The 41st Okayama City Arts Festival Program, Okayama, Japan

„HOPE”, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan

„OIL”, Litte More Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


2002

„Kimura Iehei Award Winners Exhibition Minolta”, Photo Space Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan


2000

„Hinata Kanata”, Landmark Tower Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan



Awards

2013

The 29th Higashikawa Award, Domestic Photographer Award

Art Encourage Prize for New Artist from the Ministry of Education


2012

shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize


2009

ICP 25th Annual Infinity Award, Art Category


2002

Winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Award

The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year Award


1997

Grand Prix Prize, The Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Award



Publications


2021

Illuminance: The Tenth Anniversary Edition, 2021 (Aperture, NY)

Des oiseaux(On birds)(Editions Xavier Barral, Paris)


2020

as it is (Chose Commune, Marseille)

2019

When I was seven., HeHe

2018

A New Day, Kyuryudo


2017

Halo (Aperture, NY / HeHe, Tokyo / Editions Xavier Barral, Paris)

2016

The river embraced me (torch press)


2014

Gift with Terri Weifenbach (IMA Photo Book)

Kirakira with Leiko Ikemura (NOHARA)


2013

SHEETS (Kominek)

Ametsuchi (Apertur, NY/Seigensha, Kyoto)


2012

Light and Shadow (Rinko Kawauchi Office)

Illuminance, Amtsuchi, Seeing Shadow (Seigensha, Kyoto)


2011

Illuminance (Apertur, NY/FOIL, Tokyo)


2010

Murmuration (Photowork, UK)


2007

Semear (FOIL,Tokyo)

Majun (FOIL, Tokyo)


2006

Rinko, Diary II (FOIL, Tokyo)

Rinko, Diary (FOIL, Tokyo)


2005

Cui Cui (FOIL, Foundation Cartier pour l'art Contemporaim, Actes Sud)

the eyes, the ears, (FOIL, Tokyo)


2004

AILA (FOIL, Tokyo)


2003

blue (Petit Grand Publishing, Tokyo)


2001

UTATANE (Little More, Tokyo) – 2nd edition 2012

HANABI (Little More, Tokyo) – 2nd edition 2009

HANAKO (Little More, Tokyo)



Collections

The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris

Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Montréal Museum, Montréal

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto