Noritoshi Hirakawa  (Japanese, 1960) 


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Noritoshi Hirakawa Biography
1960   Born in Fukuoka, Japan
1993   Moves to New York
  Lives and works in New York
  Throughout his career Hirakawa has challenged the mainstream conceptions of sexuality and the assumption that expressions of male heterosexual desire are oppressive and objectifying. Interested in the divide between our outer lives and our personal lives his works examine what we do behind closed doors and what it would be like if we did them in public: "Although sexuality is non-institutional, it possesses at the same time a quality found both within and without institutional life. In our institutional lives, this quality produces division of the human being into two images: the one public and the other private."
  Museum fur Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
  Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
  Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
  Foundazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L’Art, Torino, Italy
  Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Ghent, Belgium
  FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Nante, France
  FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, France
  Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
  Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
  Fonds minicipal d’art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
  Caisse des Dépôts, Paris, France
  Hauser & Wirth Museum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Selected Exhibitions
2009   In Situ, Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France (solo)
2009   DE$IRE, Holster Projects, London, UK
2008   Darkside, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2008   Silence in the Light, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2008   Diana und Actaeon, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
2008   An Attribute of Living, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
2008   Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2007   Mulher, Mulheres, SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2007   Lost#Format, Be Part, Waregem, Belgium
2007   FLASH CUBE, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2007   Vanihsing Point, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
2006   Into Me / Out of Me, P.S.1 Museum, New York, USA
2006   Baukunst Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2006   Gallery HAM, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
2006   Ferdinand van Dieten, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2006   Mars Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2006   Sweet Ecstasy, Galerie Nicola von Senger, Zurich, Switzerland
2006   The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
2006   Don Giovanni, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA
2005   Femme(s), Museum Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland
2005   Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montéal, Canada
2005   Tirana Biennale 3, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
2005   Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
2005   Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2005   In Situ, Paris, France (solo)
2005   Salon 94, New York, USA (solo)
2004   Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Germany (solo)
2004   The Eric Arthur Gallery, University of Toronto, Toronto, USA (solo)
2004   Wrong Gallery, London(Frieze Art Fair), UK (solo)
2004   Mixed Farming, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2003   Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
2003   BMW Group Pavilion, Munich, Germany (solo)
2003   The History of Japanese Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
2003   False Innocence, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona, Spain
2003   Das Lebendige Museum, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2002   Departures Torch, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2002   Noirmont Prospect, Paris, France (solo)
2002   Hermes Forum, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2002   Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
2001   Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria (solo)
2001   The Beauty of Intimacy, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands
2001   Casino 2001, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium
2000   Cold Burn, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2000   Contemporary Photography from Japan, De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands
2000   Autowerke, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2000   Art & Public, Geneva , Switzerland (solo)
1999   Kunsthalle St.Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland (solo)
1999   Transmute, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
1999   Missing Link, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Germany
1998   Terminating Angel, Galerie Ghislane Hussenot, Paris, France
1998   La Sphere de l’Intime, Le Printemps de Cahors, Cahors, France
1998   Crossings, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1998   Live and Let Die, Apex Art C.P., New York, USA
1998   Bangkok Art Project 1998, Bangkok, Thailand
1998   Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milano, Italy (solo)
1998   Deitch Projects, New York, USA (solo)
1998   Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1998   Taka Ishii Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (solo)
1997   Deitch Projects, New York (solo)
1997   Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1997   Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
1997   Centre d’art Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland (solo)
1997   Absolute Landscape, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
1997   Lust und Leere, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1997   Truce, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA
1997   Biennale de Cetinie, Montenegro
1997   Heaven-Public View, P.S.1 Museum, New York, USA
1996   Traffic, CAPC, Bordeaux, France
1996   Nudo & Crudo, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
1996   Phase 2, Das TAT, Frankfurt, Germany
1996   Shopping, Yohji Yamamoto, New York, USA
1996   Playpen & Corpus Delirium, Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1996   a/drift, Museum at Bard College, New York State, USA
1996   Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan (solo)
1996   Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1995   Gallery HAM, Nagoya, Japan (solo)
1995   Galerie d’Eendt, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
1995   Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
1995   Shift, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1995   On Board (Aperto ‘95), Venice, Italy
1995   Campo, Corderie dell’Arsenale, Venice, Italy
1995   Ripple Across the Water, Watarium, Tokyo, Japan
1995   Infra Sound, Hamburg, Germany
1995   Feminin, Masculin, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1995   Orient / Ation, The 4 th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey
1994   Of the Human Condition, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
1994   A Vision of Japan for 21st Century, Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
1994   American Fine Arts, Co., New York, USA (solo)
1994   Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
1994   Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1993   Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1993   Prospect 93, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1993   Viennese Story, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
  Neuvième Ateliers Internationaux des Pays de la Loire 1992, Cat.: FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Garenne Lemot, Clisson 1993.
  I am here, but I am not here, Cat.: Seikyu-sha, Tokyo 1991.
  To Become Dharma, Cat.: de Vleeshal, Middelburg 1991.
  No more pains for Isaac Newton, Cat.: Youbi-sha, Tokyo 1990.
  The Yearnings of Montezuma, Cat.: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei 1989.
  Traffic, Cat.: capc Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux 1996.
  Nudo & Crudo. Sensitive body, visible body, Cat.: Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Mailand 1996.
  Landvermesser, Cat.: Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim 1996.
  Ripple across the water, Cat.: The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 1995.
  Noritoshi Hirakawa 1988-94, Ausst.-Kat. und CD: Gallery HAM, Nagoya / WAKO WORKS OF ART, Tokio 1994.
  Gaze. L’impossible transparence, Cat.: Carré des Arts, Parc floral de Paris, Paris 1994.
  A vision of Japan for the 21st Century. Encounter of Contemporary Art and Folklore. Japanese Aesthetics and an Sense of Space III, Cat.: Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo 1994.
  Just before the last moment in the twentieth century (with texts of J.M. Ribettes, P. Bellars, N. Deihl, B. De Baere, L. Trippi e.a.), Cat.: Amercian Fine Arts Co., New York 1994.
  Prospekt 1993, Cat.: Frankfurter Kunstverein/ Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main 1993.
  The Greatest, Cat.: Gallery HAM, Nagoya 1993.
  Matters, Cat.: Deitch Projects, New York / Zeno X Gallery, Antverp 1998.
  voor het verdwijnt en daarna, Cat. S.M.A.K., Watou 1998.
  Truce: Echoes of Art in an Age of Endless Conclusions, Cat.: SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1997.
  Ajar, Cat.: Galerie F15, Moss 1997.
  Vis-à-vi(e)s, Cat.: Galerie Art & Essai/Univerisität Rennes, Rennes 1997.
  Absolute landscape. Contemporary Photography between Illusion and Reality, Cat.: Yokohama Museum of Art,Yokohama, 1997.
  a/drift, Cat.: Center for Curatorial Studies, New York 1996.
  Playpen & Corpus Delirium, Ausst.-Kat.: Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich 1996.
  Urgence. Nan Goldin, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmanns, Andrea Zittel, Ausst.-Kat.: capc Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux 1996.
  A companion guide to shopping, Ausst.-Kat.: Soho Arts Festival, New York 1996.
  Vier Zwei Eins, Catalogue of the “Kunstfilmbiennale Köln“, International competition, Cologne 2007, p. 84.
  Sarant, Mylene: “Intimer als Nacktheit“, in: Eikon. Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie und Medienkunst, edition
  Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, Cat.: ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst Karlsruhe, Peter Weibel und Gregor Jansen (Ed.), Ostfildern 2006.
  "Don Juan" oder "zwei und zwei sind vier" oder "Lust ist der einzige Schwindel, dem ich Dauer wünsche", Cat.: Kunsthalle Wien, Ursula Bickle Stiftung und Kunsthalle Wien (Ed.)/ Gerald Matt, with texts by Gerald Matt, Gaby Hartel, Thomas Mießgang e.a. sowie texts and interviews with the artists, Vienna 2006.
  Dark Places, Cat.: Santa Monica Museum of Art, with a preface by Elsa Longhauser and texts by Joshua Decter, Santa
  Stripped Bare: The Body Revealed in Contemporary Art - Works from the Thomas Koerfer Collection. Marianna
  Casino 2001. 1st Quadrennial of Contemporary Art, Cat.: S.M.A.K. / Bijlokemuseum / Citadelpark, Geneva 2001.
  Weiermair, Peter: Desire, Cat.: Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna 2001.
  Laermans, Rudi and Verschaffel, Bart: Beeldende Kunst. Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap aanwinsten1996/1997/1998,
  The Beauty of Intimicy, Cat.: Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag 2000.