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Zon Ito

1971
born in Osaka, Japan

lives and works in Kyoto


1996
Graduated from Kyoto City University of Art, Japan, B.A
 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS (selection)

Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, US
The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2023

Drawing On The Sand, Sand On The Drawing, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
 

2017

soil, bark, wool yarn, video etc transformation, Ya-gins, Maebashi, Japan
 

2016

The Strange Moves That We Make, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Zon Ito, Galerie Michael Werner, Trebbin, Germany
 

2011

Tide Movements and Nonchalant Objects, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2009 - 2010

Camp, Zon Ito & Ryoko Aoki, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
 

2009

April Pool, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2008

bi-bi-x, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2007

Space of NEW TOWN, Littlemore Chika, Tokyo
 

2006

Three Individuals, Zon Ito x Hajime Imamura x Yoshihiro Suda,, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
 

2005

Key of your Fountain, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan
 

2004

Veins, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf
 

2003

The End of the Neighbourhood, Watari-Um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
 

2002

Alchemist Meeting, Kyoto Art Centre, Kyoto, Japan

Leap, Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
 

2001

bula-bula liquids, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

ZON ITO EXHIBITION, On Sundays; Watari-Um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
 

2000

Yamanami Highway, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 

2022

I Love Art 16: Vision -focusing on drawings by 15 artists, Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art,Tokyo, Japan
 

2021

Somewhere Between the Odd and the Ordinary, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
 

2020

Ryoko Aoki x Zon Ito WORKSHOP FREE MOLECULES METAMORPHOSES, Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
 

2019

Rokko Meets Art 2019, Mt. Rokko, Hyogo, Japan

Reborn Art Festival, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan

Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary Group Exhibition: Survied!, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2018

Ryoko Aoki and Zon Ito, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London, UK

helen at the mountain, Tetsuo’s Garage, Nikko, Japan
 

2017

Japanorama. New visions of art since 1970, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, Nijo Castle, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

Reborn Art Festival, Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan

Tsubaki-kai 2017 – Shoshin –, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2016

The State of this World : Thought and the Arts, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Hyogo, Japan

Troedsson Villa Mountain School 2016, statements, Tokyo, Japan

Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 2016-2016, Arts Maebashi, Gunma, Japan

Tsubaki-kai 2016 – Shoshin –, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Contemporary Art Exhibition at Kyomachiya, Seisyun Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
 

2015

TWO STICKS, Think Tank Lab Triennale, The Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland

Contemporary tales from the province 3 – Susaki artist in residence,Susaki Machikado

Gallery; Kyu-Miura-Tei, Susaki-shi, Kochi, Japan

SOMETHINKS, Art Laboratory Hashimoto, Sagamihara

Distant Neighborhood- INSIDE OUT, Gallery Fleur; Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan

Tsubaki-kai 2015 – Shoshin –, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Mountain / Full Edition, @KUCA, Kyoto University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

distant neighborhood, Kara-S, Tsukuru Building 104A, Kyoto, Japan

Wabi Sabi Shima, Thalie Art Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
 

2014

Nippon now- Junge japanische Kunst und das Rheinland, E.ON, Düsseldorf, Germany

floating nature, Gallery W, Tokyo, Japan

Arts Maebashi Symposium - 3 days Symposium about Art and Local Communities, Arts

Maebashi Maebashi, Japan

Tsubaki-kai 2014 - Shoshin -, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2013

kei fu syu jo, Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery, Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan

Community Art Project, Isobeyu, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan

t-shirts, Taka Ishii Gallery Modern, Tokyo, Japan

kei fu syu jo, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

Now Japan, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoot, The Netherlands

Tsubaki-kai 2013 - Shoshin-, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Welcome to The Small World, Takamatsu Museum of Art, Kagawa
 

2012

Experimenta Speak to Me, 5th International Biennial of Media Arts, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Parallel Universe, yu-un, Tokyo

Beppu mimicry (KASHIMA 2012 BEPPU ARTIST IN RESIDENCE), platform05, Oita, Japan
 

2011

Ways of Worldmaking, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Pathos and Small Narratives - Japanese Contemporary Art, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

CAFE in Mito 2011- - Relationships in Color, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery, Mito, Japan

Invisibleness is Visibleness–International Contemporary Art Collection of a Salaryman - Daisuke Miyatsu, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

Art in an Office, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan

I Love Art 11: Heartbeat, Watari-Um, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art,Tokyo, Japan
 

2010

Primary Field II, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan

NEOTENY JAPAN Contemporary Artists after 1990 - from Takahashi Collection, Yonago City Museum of Art

BEPPU PROJECT 2010 Art, Dance, Architecture and the City, platform06, Beppu, Oita, Japan

CHAOS*LOUNGE 2010, Takahashi Collection Hibiya, Tokyo, Japan
 

2009

TIME, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

By the Water-lily Pond - Monet, Yoshihiro Suda and Zon Ito, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, Kyoto, Japan

Stitch by Stitch: Traces I Made with Needle and Thread, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Louisa Bufardeci and Zon Ito, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Summer Playground - Special feature; Zon Ito + Teppei Kaneuji, MOT Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

NEOTENY JAPAN Contemporary Artists after 1990 - from Takahashi Collection, Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Nagaoka; Akita Museum of Modern Art, Yokote; Yonago Museum of Art, Nakamachi
 

2008

When Lives Become Form: Dialogue with The Future Brazil, Museo de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

NEOTENY JAPAN Contemporary Artists after 1990 - from Takahashi Collection, Kirishima Museum, Kagoshima; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo

3rd Nanjing Triennial - Reflective Asia, RCM The Museum of Modern Art, Nanjing, China
 

2007

La Chaine, BankART 1929, Yokohama, Japan

ignore your perspective 4, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Painting as Forest: Artist as Thinker, Okazaki City Museum, Okazaki, Japan

Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Tokyo, Japan
 

2006

Psychic Scope, Space*C, Seoul, Korea

Nature in Dreams, Gunma Museum of Art, Tatebayashi, Japan

With Marcel Duchamp, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

ignore your perspective 2, Kodama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2005

ignore your perspective, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

HITO, Borderless Art Gallery NO-MA, Omihachiman

The 11th Triennale India, Rabindra Bharan Galleries, New Delhi, India
 

2004

WHY NOT LIVE FOR ART?, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
 

2003

Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Slow Painting, Daiwa Radiator Factory Viewing Room, Hiroshima, Japan

Art Court Frontier 2003, Art Court Gallery, Osaka, Japan

How Latitudes Become Forms, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, MN
 

2002

Private Luxury, Manno Art Museum, Osaka, Japan

Beautiful Life, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery, Mito, Japan

Art in Transit, The Palace Side Hotel, Kyoto
 

2001

KYOTO x AMSTERDAM - New Directions -, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto /Traveling to Sundberg 2, St. Nicholas Chapel, PARADISO, Amsterdam (2002), International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama 2001, Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama

International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama 2001, Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Yokohama, Japan

The Vision of Contemporary Art 2001, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
 

2000

Psychic Scope, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan
 

1999 

FLOW, Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

Doughnut, On Sundays; Watari-Um,The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; TokyoFLOW, Tokyo; Kodama Gallery, Osaka, Japan

SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGUES
 

2018

Zon Ito, The Strange Moves That We Make, Taka Ishii Gallery
 

2013

Zon Ito, A Collection of Specimens: From the Vaults of Kyoto University Museum, Tokyo (Catalogue).
 

2011

Zon Ito, Nonchalant Objects, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (Catalogue).
 

2007

Vera Tollmann, "Aoki Ryoko", in: Kat. documenta 12, Kassel.
 

2005

Adriano Pedrosa, "Ryoko Aoki", in: Vitamin D. New Perspectives in Drawing, London: Phaidon.
 

2004

Ryoko Aoki + Zon Ito, Roppongi Crossing. New Visions in Contemporary Japanese Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (Catalogue).
 

2003

Philippe Vergne, Zon Ito, How Latitudes Become Form. Art in a Global Age, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (Catalogue).

Zon Ito, Slow Painting, Daiwa Radiator Factory Viewing Room, Hiroshima (Catalogue).
 

2002

Beautiful Life, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Tokyo (Catalogue).

SELECTED ARTICLES
 

2005

Philippe Vergne, "Zon Ito and Ryoko Aoki", in: ARTFORUM.
 

2002

Zon Ito and Ryoko Aoki, Zero-Zero-Generation. Nippon 2002 / BT Bijutsu Techno, vol. 54, no. 816.

Zon Ito
Drawing On The Sand, Sand On The Drawing

10. Mar 2023 - 05. May 2023
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50 Years of Konrad Fischer Galerie 1967-2017

08. Sep 2017 - 17. Nov 2017
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summer show

01. Jul 2011 - 05. Aug 2011
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Zon Ito

27. Nov 2009 - 16. Jan 2010
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Zon Ito

14. Feb 2004 - 27. Mar 2004
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