Yoshitomo Nara


Selected Works


Born 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo

1985 graduates from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
1987 attends graduate school at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music
1988 moves to Germany
1993 completes Meisterschüler course at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
1995 receives the award for artists from Nagoya City, Japan
1998 teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles as a guest instructor
2000 moves to Japan
lives and works in Tokyo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Yoshitomo Nara, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles

En/trance: Yoshitomo Nara, Japan Society, New York
Yoshitomo Nara: Drawings – Last 31 Years, Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade,

Yoshitomo Nara, Yokohama Museum of Art
Yoshitomo Nara: Puppy Love, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works and ..., Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo

Pace Gallery, New York, NY
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

Yoshitomo Nara
, Museum of National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan
Yoshitomo Nara: Picture Box, Kato Art Duo, Singapore
Yoshitomo Nara: New Works, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Yoshitomo Nara: Shallow Puddles, Blum & Poe, Tokyo
Yoshitomo Nara, Johnen Galerie, Berlin
Yoshitomo Nara: "stars", Pace Hong Kong
Yoshitomo Nara, Asia Society, Hong Kong

Yoshitomo Nara: Greetings from a Place in My Heart, Dairy Art Centre, London
Yoshitomo Nara, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Yoshitomo Nara, Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York

Yoshitomo Nara: The Little Little House in The Blue Woods, Towada Art Center, Aomori
Yoshitomo Nara: a bit like you and me...., Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa. Traveled to: Aomori Museum of Art (2012/2013); Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (2013)

Print Works, Roppongi Hills Art & Design Store Gallery, Tokyo

Yoshitomo Nara: New Editions, Pace Prints, New York
Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, Asia Society, New York
Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Crated Rooms for Iceland – Nara + Graf, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
Yoshitomo Nara + graf, Cemeti Art House, Jakarta, Indonesia

NARA + GRAF, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain
GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague
Berlin Baracke, Galerie Zink, Berlin
Johnen + Schoettle, Cologne

Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
A to Z, Hirosaki Brew House, Hirosaki
Moonlight Serenade, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Home (+graf) graf media gm, Osaka

Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
From the Depth of My Drawer, The Hara Museum, Tokyo (traveling exhibition in Japan and Korea: Fukui Kanaz Forest of Creation; Yonago City Museum of Art, Tottori, 2005; Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki, Rodin Gallery, Seoul, Korea)
Shadow Puddles, graf media gm, Osaka
Over the Rainbow, Pinakothek der Moderne Kunst, Munich
Somewhere, collaboration with Hiroshi Sugito, Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich
Nowhere Land, Johnen + Schoettle, Cologne
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien, A
Nothing ever happens, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio, USA / Institut of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA / San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California, USA / Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA / The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (Wanderausstellung)

Yoshitomo Nara – who snatched the babies?, Centre National de l’estampe et de l’arte imprimè, Chatou, F

I don’t mind if you forget me, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama / Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Ashiya / Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima / Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa / Yoshii Brick Brewhouse, Hirosaki, JP

Lullaby Supermarket, Santa Monica Musuem of Art, Santa Monica, USA
Walk On, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

Somebody whispers in Nürnberg, Institut fur Moderne Kunst in der SchmidtBank-Galerie, Nürnberg, D, Katalog

Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA, kuratiert von Marilu Knode, Katalog

Cup Kids, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, JP
in the deepest puddle, SCAI the bathhouse, Tokyo, JP, Katalog
Project for Gunma, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Takasaki, JP

Selected Group Exhibitions

J'ai Réarrangé La Collection, Centre National de l'Estampe et de l'Art imprimé, Paris
Stars: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
1.Color 2.Hole and 3.Joke. Selected works on paper, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna

The Life of Animals in Japanese Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Conversations: Contemporary Asian Art, Hermitage Museum & Gardens Norfolk, Virginia, US
Blue is Hot and Red is Cold, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf

Bubblewrap, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan
The Incongruous Body, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Gwangju Biennale, Biennale Exhibition Hall and Asia Culture Center, Gwangj, Korea

Cool Japan: A Worldwide Fascination in Focus, Museum Volkenkunde – the National Museum
of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk
, Queens Museum, New York 
Modern Landscape: For the Pleasure of People and Scenery. Nara Yoshitomo Curates the MOMAT Collection, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo 
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach

Summer Group Show, Pace Gallery, New York
Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Immortal Present: Art and East Asia, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
The Wind Veers to the East – Contemporary Art Exhibition for the Boao Forum for Asia, Boao Forum for Asia, Hainan Province, China
Tot he North, From Here: Naocki Shikawa + Yoshitomo Nara Watari-um, Tokyo

Cinderella, Art Museum, Seoul
Go-Betweens: the world Seen through Children, Nagoya City Museum. Traveled to: Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, Naha (2015); The Museum of Art, Kochi (2015)
Everything falls faster than an anvil, Pace London
Look at Me: Portraiture from Manet to the Present, Leila Heller Gallery, New York
Study from the Human Body, Stephan Friedman Gallery, London
Carte Blanche, Pace at Chesa Büsin, Zuoz, Switzerland

Damage Control: Art and Deconstruction Since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington (2013/2014). Traveled to: Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Mudam, Luxembourg (2014); Kunsthaus Graz (2014/2015)
Aichi Triennale 2013: Awakening, Aichi Arts Center, Japan
Flowers, Towada Art Center, Japan

The Magic of Ceramics: Artistic Inspiration, Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Kok. Traveled to: Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu (2013); Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo (2013)
A Curator's Message 2012, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
Masahiko Kuwahara, Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Singapore
The Art of Cooking, Royal/T, Los Angeles
San Antonio Collects: Contemporary Art from Japan, MoscowMuseum of Modern Art
Print/Out: Multiplied Art in the Information Era, 1990-2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

New Works in Ceramics, Japan 2011, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi
Café in Mito 2011: Relationships in Color, Contemporary art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki
The Most Requested Tops 30, 10 Years of Takahashi Collection, Part 2, Tabloid Gallery, Tokyo
Taguchi Art Collection: Global New Art, SejiTogoMemorialSompoJapanMuseum of Art, Tokyo
Invisibleness is Visibleness, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Paul Clay, Salon 94 Bowery, New York
Future Pass: From Asia to the World, 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Abbazia di San Gregorio, Palazzo Mangilli-Valmarana
Zenkyo-an x FOIL, Kenninji Zenkyoan Temple, Kyoto
The 53 Stations of Tokaido: From Hiroshige to Artists of Our Days, Musée Bernard Buffet, Mishama, Shizuoka
Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hei in contemporary Japanese Art, Japan Society, New York
The Most Requested Top 30: 10 Years of Takahashi Collection, Tabloid Gallery, Tokyo
Collection, Part 3, Yokohama Museum of Art
Collectors' Stage: Asian Contemporary Art from Private Collections, SingaporeArt Museum
Collection Exhibition: Floating Boat, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

Best 100 Works from Museum Collection, The Tokushima Modern Art, Aichi
Peko-chan World, Fujiya Ginza Building, Tokyo
12th International Cairo Biennale, El Bab Gallery, Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, Cairo
Made in Popland, China and Japan, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
Contempoarary Magic: A Tarit Deck art Project, The National Arts Club, New York. Traveled to: AndyWarholMuseum, Pittsburgh (2011)
Teruhisa Kitahara's Ast Astounding Contemporary Art, Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo
Daiwa Collection first Session, Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Naha
Yoshitomo Nara x Ei-Q: Departure of an Artist at Age 24, Toki No Wasuremono / Watanuki, Inc., Tokyo
Self Portrait: Watashi to iu tanin (Mea s Others), Takahashi Collection, Hibiya
Aomori Museum of Art Collections; Shiko Munakata, Toru Narita, Yoshitomo Nara: Idol3, Onomichi City Museum of Art, Hiroshima
Collection 2010-2 Memory / Memorial-for the summer oft he 65th Hiroshima Memorial Day, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Ateliers d'artistes, Musée Bernard Buffet, Mishima, Shizuoka
Innocence: Art towards Life, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya
Figuratively Speeking: A Survey of the Human Form, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas
Zenkyo-an x FOIL Group Exhibition: Asu wa wakarahen (Nobody Knows Tomorrow), KenninjiZenkyoanTemple, Kyoto
Trans-Cool Tokyo, Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok. Traveled to: Singapore Art Museum (2010/2011); Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2011)
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London
Facing East: Recent Works from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester Art Gallery, United Kingdom
Garden of Painting: Japanese Art oft he 00s, The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Rites de Passage, Schunck Glaspaleis, Heerlen, Netherlands
Walking in My Mind, The Hayward Gallery, London, Yoshitomo Nara with installation by YNG
The 6th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Yoshitomo Nara, Hiroshi Sugito, Tamami Hitsuda, Masako Ando, Mika Kato, Aichi Triennale Pre-event, It's a Little Playground, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan (traveled exhibition-Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan)

Encounters, Pace Beijing, Beijing
The Masked Portrait, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, curated by Midori Nishizawa

When We Build Let Us Think That We Build Forever; An Exhibition of the Zabludowicz Collection at BALTIC, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
RED HOT – Asian Art Today from the Chaney Family Collection, Houston, Texas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pretty Baby, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
The Door into Summer, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
Mindscape Museum, Okazaki, Aichi
Disorder in the House, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels
Bernard Bugget Museum, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Silly Adult, Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagan
Let's Go To The Museum! How To Enjoy The Modern Art, Together With Dick Bruna, Bernard Buffet Museum, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Hot, Stamp, Hanga! Child Print Art Musuem, Bernard Buffet Museum, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan
Selections from the Hara Museum's Permanent Collection, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
ShContemporary 2007 Shanghai in Art, Best of Artists Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
3L4D – 3rd Life 4th Dimension, Metaphysical Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Temporary Art Museum Soi Sabai, Bangkok
Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
A Magical Life, Tokyo Wonder Site Shibuya, Tokyo
10th Anniversay, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Sapporo Art Park, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan
Little Boy – The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, Japan Society, New York
The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art From East Asia, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Japan Pop, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
Unheimlich Jung, Stadtische Galerie, Sonderborg, Denmark
New Acquisition, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Kotaro Terada Collection, Kawagoe City Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Kiss Kiss, c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin
Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art in Japan, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Seeing Other People, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Fiction Love, The Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
Supernova, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Time of My Life: Art with Youthful Spirit, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Non–sect Radical, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
The Myth of Childhood, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano
Funny Cuts: Cartoons und Comics in der zeitgenösischen Kunst, Stadtgalerie, Stuttgart

Your Dog, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California (through 2004)
M_ARS – Art and War, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum, Austria
Painting in our time, The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Ninos, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
I bambini siamo noi, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans
Trauer/GRIEF, Atelier Augarten, Vienna
Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Room Air, It–Park, Taipei, Taiwan

Pop! Pop! Pop!, The Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki
Fragile Figures, Palette School, Tokyo
Drawing Now: Eight Propositions, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Galleries Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Japanese Experience–Inevitable, Ursula Bickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Babel 2002, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul
Contemporary Art from Japan to Finland 2002, Kerava Art Museum, Helsinki

Murakami / Nara, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York
My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa. (touring exhibition: Brooklyn Museum, New York; Florida, Tampa Museum of Art; Chicago Culture Center, Chicago; Akron Art Museum of Art, Akron; The Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville; Independent Curators International, New York)
Tsunami Raiders, Galerie Michael Zink, München, Germany
Public Offering, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
JAM! – London Tokyo, Barbican Gallery,London (2002)- Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
Arte Attuale dal Giappone, Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
Neo Tokyo–Japanese Art Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Camera Works, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Sichoku no Jikan, The University Art Museum, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music
Silence of The City, Gwangju Art Museum, Korea
Super Flat, The MOCA Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles / Walker Art Center, Minneapolis / Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Public Offerings, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Neo Tokyo – Japanese Art Now, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AUS

Super Flat, The MOCA Gallery at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood (touring exhibition: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle)
Drawn From Life, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
Super Flat, Parco Gallery, Tokyo (catalogue published)
Presumed Innocent, Capc Musée d'art Contemporain, Bordeaux
Dark Mirror from Japan, De Appel, Netherlands
Continental Shift, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
Trading Views, Saarbrücken Staatgalerie, Saarbrücken (touring exhibition: Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Germany; Stedelijk museum De Lakenhal Lieden, Holland)
Kinder des 20. Jahrhunderts, Galerie der Stadt Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Works on Paper, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo
The Darker Side of Playland, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
GENDAI, Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Présumé Innocents, capc Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, F
Kinder des 20. Jahrhunderts, Galerie der Stadt Aschaffenburg / Mittelrhein-Museum, Koblenz, D
The Darker Side of Playland, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Spellbound, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Almost Warm & Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, curated by Susan Lubowsky Talbott and Lea Rosson Delong
Vergiss den Ball und spiel weiter, Nürnberger Kunsthalle, Nürnberg, Germany
Yoshitomo Nara and Hiroshi Sugito, Gallery Hakutosha, Nagoya, Japan
Tendance, Abbaye Saint–Andre Centre d'art Contemporain, Meymae
Art/ Domestic, Temperature of the Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
New Modernism for a New Millennium: Works by Contemporary Asian Artists from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Painting for Joy: New Japanese Painting in 1990's, The Japan Foundation Forum, Tokyo
Art is Fun 10: Angelic, Devilish, or Both, Hara Museum ARC, Shibukawa, JP
It’s animal world, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, JP
Art/Domestic, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
New Modernism for a New Millenium, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

The Manga Age, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, JP

Dream of Existence, Kiscelli Museum, Budapest, H
Japanese Contemporary Art Exhibition, The National Museum of Contempoary Art, Seoul, Korea
VOCA 97, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, JP

Tokyo Pop, The Hiratsuka, The Royal Museum of Art, Hiratsuka, JP, Katalog
Intangible Childhood, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, JP
Ironic Fantasy, The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, JP

Endless Happiness, SCAI The Bathouse, Tokyo, JP
Art x = @, SAM Museum, Osaka, JP
POSITIV, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, D
Gunma Biennale, Gunma Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, JP

Feeling House, Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu, JP

Each Person’s Expression of Space, Gifu Prefectural Art Museum, JP