Timeline

1942
Born in Saitama, Japan
1968
Graduated from Master course of oil painting, Tama Fine Art College, Tokyo
1973
Established Environment Art Studio

Exhibitions

2012
Rachofsky House: New Exhibition Space, Dallas, USA
Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; traveled to Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Tokyo 1955-1970, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-Ha, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
2011
Kamakura Gallery, Kamakura, Japan (solo)
Shanghai Sculpture Space, Shanghai, China (solo)
2010
BE-UP-ART, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Munsin Internatinal Sculpture Symposium, Munsin Art Museum, Masan, Korea
Yanpyon Environment Festival, Korea
Shanghai Expo Prints Exhibition, Shanghai, China
2009
Center Gallery,Yokohama, Japan (solo)
Kawagoe Gallery, Saitama, Japan (solo)
2008
PYO Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Gallery Art Composition, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tamagawa Art Line Project, Tokyo, Japan
YOD Gallery, Osaka, Japan (solo)
2007
Center Gallery, Yokohama, Japan (solo)
Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Refined Nest Gallery, Shanghai (solo)
Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo (solo)
SHINA Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo Gallery, Japan
BTAP, Beijing, China
WHAT IS MONO-HA?, Beijing
Tokyo Art Project, Beijing, China
2006
Saint Paul Gallery, Maebashi, Japan (solo)
Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan
Memorial for Yoshiaki Tono, Gallery TOM, Tokyo, Japan
Public Art, Gallery NOVITA, Aomori, Japan
Memorial for Yoshiaki Tono, Gallery TOM, Tokyo, Japan
2005
Gallery Bijutsu Sekai, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
MANIF 11! ’05 SEOUL, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, Korea
MONO-HA: Reconsideration, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
2004
Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China (solo)
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Kim Tschang-Yeul, Sekine Nobuo & Susumu Sakaguchi, Gallery Bijutsu
Sekai, Tokyo, Japan
2003
Kawagoe City Art Museum, Saitama, Japan (solo)
The 20th Anniversary of Gallery Q, Gallery Q, Tokyo, Japan
Sculpture Project, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Memorial for Yoshishige Saito, Kawamura Gakuen Art Hall, Tokyo, Japan
2001
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Century, Tate Modern Art Gallery, London, UK
MONO-HA, Kettles yard Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK
Retrospective Exhibition for Nagaoka Museum Prize 1964-68, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Niigata, Japan
MONO-HA, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2000
Modern art of Japan - Monet de Paris, French National Mint Bureau, Paris, France
Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea
Modern Art of Japan: Monet de Paris, French National Mint Bureau, Paris, France
1999
Museum Shokyodo, Aichi, Japan (solo)
1998
Saint Paul Gallery, Maebashi, Japan (solo)
Lumieves—Light—Rediscovery of Stained Glass, TN Probe, Tokyo, Japan
1997
Kawagoe Gallery, Saitama, Japan (solo)
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Modern Art from a Collector's View Point: Yamamura Collection, Hyogo
Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan
Street Museum, Kawagoe, Japan
1996
Inside and the outside of art, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1970-Material and Perception—MONO-HA and Artists Who Ask Root, Saint Ratienu Museum, France
1995
Archeology of Phase-Mother Earth, Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya, Japan
1994
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Different Natures, La Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
Landscape of Stone, Dockyard Garden, The Landmark Tower Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
MONO-HA, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Different Natures, La Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
Memorial for Yaeko Fujita: Artists and Sakura Gallery, Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, February 5-March 30
1994; traveled to Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
ASIANA Contemporary Art from The Far East, Parazzo, Italy
1993
Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Imura Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Konishi Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Avant-garde Art in 1970 Japan: From Resistance to Internal Conflict, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Oomitsu Collection, Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata, Japan
Differentes Natures, Visions de l'Art Contemporain, Galerie Art 4 et Galerie de l'Esplanade, Paris, France
1992
Museum Shokyodo, Aichi, Japan
1991
Kawagoe Gallery, Saitama, Japan (solo)
Tenmaya Department Store, Okayama, Japan (solo)
Anshindo Gallery, Shizuoka, Japan (solo)
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Gallery Gen-Group Show, Tokyo, Japan
MONO-HA, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1990
Tenjuen, Niigata, Japan (solo)
Soko Museum, Niigata, Japan (solo)
Atelier Garo, Niigata, Japan (solo)
Sogo Department Store, Hiroshima, Japan (solo)
Seibu Department Store—Studio 5, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Yokohama Business Park, Yokohama, Japan
1989
Kodosha, Ichinoseki, Japan (solo)
Gallery Lamia, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Chikugo Gallery, Kurume, Japan (solo)
Mitsui Gallery, Matsudo, Japan (solo)
Gallery TAK, Yokohama, Japan (solo)
Susono Art House, Susono, Japan (solo)
Kozaido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Kobundo Gallery, Obihiro, Japan (solo)
Gojuichiban-kan Gallery, Aomori, Japan (solo)
Gallery Picasso, Maebashi, Japan (solo)
Katsuyama Isozaki Hall, Fukui, Japan (solo)
Staempfli Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
Umeda Modern Art Museum, Osaka, Japan (solo)
Japanese Open-Air Sculptures, Middlheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
1988
Gallery M, Obama, Japan (solo)
Art Dune, Hamamatsu, Japan (solo)
Kozaido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Nishida Gallery, Nara, Japan (solo)
Soh Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Anshindo Gallery, Shizuoka, Japan (solo)
Gallery Kura, Kitakyushu, Japan (solo)
We Gallery, Omiya, Japan (solo)
Mono-Ha, Rome University Annex Museum of Art, Rome, Italy
Seen by Hands, Seibu Department Store, Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan
1987
Ginza Jiyugaoka Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
Gallery Te, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Kawagoe Gallery, Saitama, Japan (solo)
Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Mono-Ha and Post Mono-Ha, Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1986
Mono-Ha, Kamakura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Lee Ufan, Nobuo Sekine, Kishio Suga: The Method of Our 70's, SOH Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Avant Garde Japanese Art, Pompidou Center, Paris, France
1985
Akiyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1984
Human Documents '84/'85, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Art of Present Time. Wood and Paper-Dialogue with Nature, Gifu Prefectural Mueum, Gifu, Japan
Development of Contemporary Sculpture, Gallery Seiho, Tokyo, Japan
Sculpture Japonaise Contemporaine, Galerie Jullien-Cornic, Paris, France
1983
Sekine and Environment Art Studio, Stripe House Museum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Figure of Wood and Esprit, Saitama Prefectural Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1982
Sekine's Prints and Sculptures: Cross Country 7500Km, Keneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo
1981
Keneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Turning Point of Contemporary Art of 1960’s, National Museum of Modern
Art, Tokyo, Japan; traveled to the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Modern Japanese Sculpture, Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa, Japan
Japanese Contemporary Art, The Korean Culture and Arts Foundation, Seoul, Korea
1980
Keneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
History of Contemporary Sculpture, Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery, Kanagawa, Japan
1979
Sonja Henie-Niels Onstad Culture Center, Oslo, Norway
1978
Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (solo)
Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo, The Netherlands (solo)
1977
Keneko Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Japan Art Festival, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Voices in the Modern Age
1976
Gallery Dori, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
International Biennale Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
1975
Sakura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
Contemporary Art Exhibition from 1950 to 1975, Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1974
Two-man Show with Kuniichi Sima, Gallery Coco, Kyoto, Japan
Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition of 20 Artists, Tokyo Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Japan Art Exhibition, Germany
Contemporary Sculpture Symposium, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan
1973
Japan Art-Festival, Tokyo, Japan
11th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
1973
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1971
Gallery Krebs, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
Gallery Birch, Copenhagen, Denmark
10th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
1970
Galleria La Bertesca, Genova, Italy (solo)
Genova Gallery Modulo, Milan, Italy (solo)
Expo ‘70 Art Exhibition, Suita, Osaka, Japan
35th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Human Documents 1970, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1969
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
6th Paris Biennale, Paris, France
9th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
1st International Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Hakone Open-Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
The 9 Visual Points, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Tricks and Vision, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Trend of Japanese Contemporary Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Japanese Artist Drawing, Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1968
OOXPLAN, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
8th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition, Suma Palace Park, Kobe, Japan
5th Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Nagoya, Japan
1967
Two-Man Show, Tsubaki Kindai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
11th Shell Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
OOOPLAN, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Literature

2011
Wallis, Stephen. "Mono-ha Moment." Art in America 99, no. 11 (December 2011): 65-66.
1996
Isō-Daichi no kōkogaku (Archaeology of Phase–Mother Earth). Nishinomiya: Ōtani Memorial Art Museum, 1996.
1978
Nobuo Sekine: Skulptur 1975–1978. Exh. cat. Humlebaek, Denmark: Louisiana Museum, 1978.
Sekine Nobuo 68–78. Cat. raisonné. Text by Sekine Nobuo. Tokyo: Yuria pemuperu kōbō, 1978.
1977
Sekine Nobuo. Tokyo: Tokyo Gallery and Kaneko Art Gallery; and Nagoya: Sakura Gallery, 1977.
1975
Yasui, Shūzō. “Sekine Nobuo shōron. Kono no shitsuyō na tankyūsha” (Short essay on Sekine Nobuo. A tenacious
investigator of this “phase”). Hanga geijutsu (Print arts), no. 11 (1975): 142–48.
1973
“Sekine Nobuo e no tegami” (A letter to Sekine Nobuo). Kindai kenchiku, June 1973.
Minemura, Toshiaki. “Geijutsu jānaru: Sekine Nobuo koten” (Art journal: Sekine Nobuo solo exhibition). Obararyū sōka,June 1973.
1971
Ufan, Lee. “Chokusetsu genshō no chihei ni (Sekine Nobuo ron)” (From the horizon of a direct phenomenon [On Sekine Nobuo]). Pts. 1 and 2. SD, no. 74 (December 1970); no. 75 (January 1971).
1970
Ōkubo, Takaki. “Sekine Nobuo no kūsō” (Sekine Nobuo’s phase of nothingness). Kai, March 1970.
1969
“Sonzai to mu o koete-Sekine Nobuo ron” (Beyond being and nothingness—On Sekine Nobuo). Sansai, June 1969, 51–53.
Sekine Nobuo. Text by Nakahara Yūsuke. Tokyo: Tokyo Gallery, 1969.
1968
Nakahara Yūsuke. “ no episode” (The episode of the “dirt sculpture”). Geijutsu shinchō, December 1968, 43.