Overview

Since the beginning of her artistic career, Leiko Ikemura's work has been closely interwoven with her personal journey and the various stations in her life. Formative memories from her native Japan find as much resonance as the impressions from her early stays in Spain and Switzerland in the 1970’s and 80’s, which accompany her to this day. 

The intimate metamorphosis of a lifelong painting process manifests itself in landscapes in which human figures and nature merge, amorphous forms and hybrid mythical creatures in continuous transformation.
 

Leiko Ikemura's works have been presented in solo and group exhibitions worldwide since the early 1980s. Most recently, the Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico exhibited the solo show Leiko Ikemura: Year of the Usagi (2023). Further solo exhibitions were presented in the following institutions (selection): Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin (2023); Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (2022); CAC La Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències Valencia (2022); Usagi in Wonderland at Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich (2021); Centro de Arte Caja Burgos (2021); Kunsthalle Rostock (2020); St. Matthäuskirche, Berlin (2020); Kunstmuseum Basel (2019); Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn (2019); The National Art Center, Tokyo (2019); Deutsches Keramikmuseum Hetjens, Dusseldorf (2017); Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2016); Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne (2015); The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Mishima (2014); Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (2013); Asian Art Museum, Berlin (2012) and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2011). 

Most recently, Leiko Ikemura has been involved in group exhibitions at Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden (2023); Villa Jacobs Skulpturenpark und Maschinenhaus, Potsdam (2023); The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; (2022-23); 9th Beijing Biennale National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China (2022); Singer Laren Museum, The Netherlands (2022); The National Art Center, Tokyo (2022), Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln (2022); AMMA Foundation, Mexico City (2022); The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2022); Shandong Art Museum, Jinan (2022); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland, (2022); Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2022); Shandong Art Museum, Jinan, Shandong Province, China (2022); Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art, Hekinan-shi (2021); Hilti Art Foundation im Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein (2021-22); The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2021);  ARTZUID 2021, Amsterdam Sculptuur Biënnale, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2021); Shiga Museum of Art, Otsu, Japan (2021;  Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (2021); Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi (2021); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2021), National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden (2020-21); Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan (2020); Blickachsen 12, Sculpture Biennale, Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany (2019); and Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (2019), among others.

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