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Life and Work

Leiko Ikemura © Astrid Piethan

Leiko Ikemura, born in Japan in 1951, came to Europe in the 1970s as a 21-year-old. She first lived in Spain and Switzerland until she relocated to Germany in 1984. She was already drawing attention to herself in Cologne in the 1980s in the context of the »Neue Wilde«. Despite a certain affinity, her work stood out due to its individual character and its independence even at the time.

At the end of the 1980s, sculpture appeared as well as painting. Her sculptural work quickly gained in significance and became an integral part of her oeuvre. Today, sculpture and painting stand side by side on an equal footing. They serve each other.

Above all, Ikemura successfully unites two very different cultural spaces in her work. Her works show her to be a thoroughly European, Western artist. However, they are just as much determined by her Japanese influence and background. Over the years Ikemura has developed a very special iconography in the interplay between influences and cultures, which she herself represents biographically.

Biography

1951 born in Tsu Mie, JP
1970 – 1972 Studies at the State University Osaka, JP
1972/73 stay in Salamanca and Granada, ES
1973 – 1978 studies at the Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Santa Isabel de Hunguria, Sevilla, ES
1979 – 1983 stay in Zurich, CH
1983/84 draughtswoman of the city Nuremberg, DE
1985 the artist moves to Cologne, DE
1991 professor chair at the Hochschule für Künste, Berlin, DE
1996 stay at the European Ceramic Workcentre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
1998 stay at the European Ceramic Workcentre, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL
2002 stay at the Albers Foundation, New Haven, US
2004 professor chair at the Joshibi Universität für Kunst und Design, Kanagawa-ku, JP
lives and works in Cologne and Berlin, DE

Prizes and Awards

1988 Preis der Jury der Internationalen Grafik Triennale, Grenchen, CH

Works (Selection)

Leiko Ikemura, Black Cloud, 2019, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Black Cloud, 2019, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Gigi II, 2008 (model) / 2019 (casting), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Gigi II, 2008 (model) / 2019 (casting), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, untitled, 2008, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, untitled, 2008, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Oba II, 2007 (model) / 2019 (casting), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Oba II, 2007 (model) / 2019 (casting), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Tree with Hummingbird, 2006, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Night Flight, 2008, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, untitled, 2008, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Leiko Ikemura, Stehende, 1997, © Leiko Ikemura + VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Solo exhibitions (selection)

1979 Galerie im Rägeboge, Luigi Kurmann, Lucerne, CH

Group exhibitions (selection)

0 Museum Ludwig, Cologne - History of a Collection with Civic Commitments, The National Art Center, Tokyo, JP

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

Leiko Ikemura. No No Noh

Leiko Ikemura. No No Noh

  • Artists: Leiko Ikemura, Walter Pichler
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Pia Müller-Tamm, Diethard Leopold
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Martina Löhle)
  • English, German
    Softcover, 26 x 23 cm
    78 pages
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606311-7
  • 20 €
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STRANGE BEAUTY

STRANGE BEAUTY

  • Artists: Rania Akl, Gehard Demetz, Gerhard Altenbourg, Susanne Kühn, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Herbert Beck, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Charles Baudelaire, Kirsten Nordahl
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling, Martina Löhle)
  • German, English
    Softcover, 24 x 20 cm
    128 pages, 115 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606312-4
  • 20 €
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Further publications

bibliography

Leiko Ikemura im Dialog mit Donata & Wim Wenders, hrsg. von Stiftung Brandenburger Tor/ Max Liebermann Haus, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln 2018.
Ancestors. Edition, Kunstverein St. Gallen (CH).
beyond the horizon. de, en, jap, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art; T. Kitagawa, Dietmar Fölbach.
Matsuo Bashō: Hundertundelf Haiku. Mit 22 Zeichnungen v. Leiko Ikemura. Amman Verlag, Zurich 2009.
Anita Brockmann: Suche nach Ursprünglichkeit. Die Künstlerin Leiko Ikemura. In: Kunst & material. März/April Witten 2011, S. 4ff.
Elisabeth Bronfen, Britta E. Buhlmann, Wilfried Dickhoff, Hans-Jürgen Schwalm: Leiko Ikemura, Sculpture, painting, drawing. Kunsthalle Recklinghausen.
Frieder Gadesmann: Leiko Ikemura, Mit unsichtbaren Flügeln. Aichwald 2012.
Gerard A. Goodrow, Kimio Jinno, Friedemann Malsch, Alexander Pühringer: Leiko Ikemura. Cantz Verlag.
Anton-Wolfgang Graf von Faber-Castell, Curt Heigl: Leiko Ikemura. Kunsthalle Nürnberg.
Maria Linsmann (Hrsg.): Leiko Ikemura. Bilderbuchmuseum Burg Wissem, Troisdorf, Barbara Hofmann-Johnson; Nürnberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst 2011.
Udo Kittelmann, Friedemann Malsch, Noemi Smolik, Leiko Ikemura. Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, Cologne, Milano.
Dieter Koepplin, Leiko Ikemura, Gemälde, Zeichnungen 1980–1987. Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart.
Pia Müller-Tamm (Hg.), Astrid Wege, Nicola von Velsen: Leiko Ikemura August-Macke-Preis 2008; Sauerland-Museum-Arnsberg; DuMont Buchverlag Köln 2010.
Kenzaburō Ōe, Leiko Ikemura: Der stumme Schrei. Coron Verlag (CH).
Elisabeth Plessen: Ich sah uns dort in der Ferne gehen. Mit Aquarellen von Leiko Ikemura. Stuttgart 2008.
u mi no ko. Dichtung (in japanisch) und Zeichnungen von Leiko Ikemura, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Verlag: Akaaka (Japan).
u mi no ko. Mie Morimotosch (Fotos). NOHARA (Japan) o. J.
Wild cats and domestic cats. 61 Dessins, Edition Stähli, Zurich.
Beat Wyss, Sebastian C. Strenger: Raum und Anatomie oder Leiko Ikemura - Die Meisterin der Schüler. ArtKapital Kunstverlag Berlin.
John Yau: andalusia. Leiko Ikemura. Weidle Verlag.

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