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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

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Cuban Samba Remix (Remix by Kassin with Arto Lindsay)

2016

3 channel HD video installation, 40in monitor and two 50in monitors, artist designed wooden stands, speaker set, synchronize system

0h 09' 30''

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Onion Orion

2008

Onions, wooden board

220 x 110 x 5 cm (86 58 x 43 516 x 1 3132 inches)

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Something that Floats / Something that Sinks

2008

2 Water tanks, 2 iron pedestals, 2 electric pumps, water, vegetables, fruits

160 x 90 x 45 cm (63 x 35 716 x 17 2332 inches)

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When the Sky was Sea

2004

C-print

26 x 32.4 cm (10 14 x 12 34 inches)

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Leaves swim

2011

MiniDV transferred to digital data

0h 02' 30''

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Sea and flowers

2013-2014

Super 8 transferred to digital file, color, no sound

0h 02' 19''

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Boughs on Snow 1

2012

C-print

62.3 x 42.2 x 4 cm (24 1732 x 16 58 x 1 916 inches)

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When square become circle

2012

C-print

107 x 70.8 x 4 cm (42 18 x 27 78 x 1 916 inches)

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Cuban Bar

2015

Photograph

23.5 x 32.5 x 2 cm (9 14 x 12 1316 x 2532 inches)

Installation

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Playmode, 2019
MAAT, Lisboa

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Creatures: When Species Meet, 2019
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

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Creatures: When Species Meet, 2019
Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

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Pour les pieuvres, les singes et les Hommes, 2018
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Cédrac, Paris

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Pour les pieuvres, les singes et les Hommes, 2018
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Cédrac, Paris

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Pour les pieuvres, les singes et les Hommes, 2018
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Cédrac, Paris

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Pour les pieuvres, les singes et les Hommes, 2018
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Cédrac, Paris

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Viva Arte Viva, 2017
57th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennal, Venice

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The Way Things Go, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

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Montañas con una esquina rota / Mountains with a broken edge, 2015
Havana Biennial, Havana

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Taipei Biennial 'The Great Acceleration’, 2014
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei

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Flying Me, 2014
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

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Flying Me, 2014
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

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Flying Me, 2014
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

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Flying Me, 2014
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

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, 2014
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

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When Sky Was Sea, 2014
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

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Something that Floats / Something that Sinks, 2013
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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Something that Floats / Something that Sinks, 2013
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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Something that Floats / Something that Sinks, 2013
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

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Shimabuku: Noto, 2013
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Shimabuku: Noto, 2013
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Shimabuku: Noto, 2013
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, 2011
Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'île de Vassivière, Vassivière

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Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, 2011
Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'île de Vassivière, Vassivière

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Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, 2011
Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'île de Vassivière, Vassivière

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Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms, 2011
Centre International d'Art et du Paysage de l'île de Vassivière, Vassivière

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New Works, 2009
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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Sea, Sky, Language and so on, 2008
DAAD Galerie, Berlin

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How to live together, 2006
27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo

News

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Shimabuku

The imaginary Sea May 20 - Oct 17, 2021
Fondation Carmignag
Paris
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Shimabuku

Shimabuku, l’homme qui murmure à l’oreille des sirènes Mar 6
BeauxArts
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Shimabuku

The 165-metre Mermaid and Other Stories Feb 19 - Oct 3, 2021
Nouveau Musée National Monaco
Villa Paloma
Mónaco

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 - Jan 14, 2006

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

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