Shimabuku’s (Kobe, Japan, 1969) work seeks to make the familiar strange and is often inspired by personal anecdotes, little details of nature, collective experiences or humorous and poetic discoveries made on his travels. His performances and installations propose new ways of life and new methods of communication.

By choosing the unpredictable as to the final form that his work will take, Shimabuku defines the process as a priority over the formal result. Meticulously produced and documented, his sculptural works, writings and photographs, videos and performances, reveal the modalities of their design and the important part left to chance. The works produced by Shimabuku are based on a profound attention to his environment, but also to the different contexts in which he is invited to exhibit.

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Selected works

Onion Orion

2008
Onions, wooden board
220 × 110 × 5 cm (86 58 × 43 516 × 1 3132 inches)

Something that Floats / Something that Sinks

2008
2 Water tanks, 2 iron pedestals, 2 electric pumps, water, vegetables, fruits
160 × 90 × 45 cm (63 × 35 716 × 17 2332 inches)

When the Sky was Sea

2004
C-print
26 × 32.4 cm (10 14 × 12 34 inches)

Leaves swim

2011
MiniDV transferred to digital data
2' 30''

Sea and flowers

2013-2014
Super 8 transferred to digital file, color, no sound
2' 19''

Boughs on Snow 1

2012
C-print
62.3 × 42.2 × 4 cm (24 1732 × 16 58 × 1 916 inches)

Cuban Message

2015
Photograph
32 × 42 × 3.5 cm (12 1932 × 16 1732 × 1 38 inches)

When square become circle

2012
C-print
107 × 70.8 × 4 cm (42 18 × 27 78 × 1 916 inches)

Cuban Bar

2015
Photograph
each: 23.5 × 32.5 × 2 cm ( × 12 1316 × 2532 inches)

Installation

Playmode

2019
MAAT
Lisboa

Creatures: When Species Meet

2019
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati

Pour les pieuvres, les singes et les Hommes

2018
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Cédrac
Paris

Viva Arte Viva

2017
57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennal
Venice

The Way Things Go

2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco

Montañas con una esquina rota / Mountains with a broken edge

2015
Havana Biennial
Havana

Taipei Biennial ‘The Great Acceleration’

2014
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Taipei

Flying Me

2014
Kunsthalle Bern
Bern

When Sky Was Sea

2014
Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver

Something that Floats / Something that Sinks

2013
Ikon Gallery
Birmingham

Shimabuku: Noto

2013
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kanazawa

Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms

2011
Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'île de Vassivière
Vassivière

New Works

2009
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Tokyo

Sea, Sky, Language and so on

2008
DAAD Galerie
Berlin

How to live together

2006
27th Bienal de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo

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Exhibitions

Cuban Samba

Madrid
May 07 - Jul 23, 2016

“Conceptual art is often perceived as a purely intellectual pursuit. But I became aware of the possibility of making art from my heart. I try to think with my heart. I think about conceptual art that’s like music and can resonate with your feelings” -Shimabuku

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Leaves Swim

Barcelona
Apr 28 - May 15, 2012

Shimabuku’s work is often inspired by personal anecdotes, collective experiences or humorous discoveries made on his travels.

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SomeWhere Else

Barcelona
Jun 09 - Jul 28, 2011

A series of actions will take place outside the gallery space, in places such as the artists’ cities of residence or the locations where they happen to be during the length of the exhibition.

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Shimabuku’s Fish & Chips

Barcelona
Apr 10 - May 24, 2008

Shimabuku’s Fish and Chips was first presented at Tate Liverpool for the 2006 International Biennial, where Shimabuku proposed a new vision of the British national dish.

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From high in the sky to the bottom of the sea

Barcelona
Nov 17, 2005 - Jan 14, 2006

Nogueras Blanchard presents the first solo exhibition in Spain by Japanese artist Shimabuku (Kobe, 1969).

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