Born 1977, Ishikawa, Japan

Lives and works in London





M.F.A. Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London


B.F.A. (Honors), Sculpture Course, University of East London


University of East London, Fine Art Foundation Course



Selected Solo Exhibitions and Screenings


Fantasmagoria, Parafin, London


Man in Camera, Parafin, London


James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai

Terrain, Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan

Hiraki Sawa: Lineament, fig 2, ICA, London


Hiraki Sawa: Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada

Hiraki Sawa, Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Hiraki Sawa, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK

Hiraki Sawa: Figment, James Cohan Gallery, New York

Airliner, Mori Art Museum, MAM SCREEN, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan


Whirl, Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

dwelling, Kanazawa Art Gummi, Kanazawa, Japan

Postscript, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

Hiraki Sawa – Lineament, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Hiraki Sawa: Videos, Museum Goch, Goch, Germany

Hiraki Sawa – Dwelling, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany


Other Dwellings, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University

O, James Cohan Gallery, New York


Carrousel, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie et Musée du Temps de Besançon, Besançon

Animated Screen, Husets Biograf, Copenhagen, Denmark

Hiraki Sawa, Void, Derry, N. Ireland


Hiraki Sawa, IUFM, Dijon, France

Hiraki Sawa, Galeria Maisterravalbuena, Spain

Hiraki Sawa, Yu-un, Tokyo, Japan

Hiraki Sawa, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan


Hiraki Sawa, Colby College Museum of Art

Hiraki Sawa, Faux Mouvement Art Contemporain, Metz, France

Hiraki Sawa, Bund 18, Shanghai, China

Hiraki Sawa, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN


Hako, Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK; Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, Spain


Hiraki Sawa, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Hiraki Sawa, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY

Hiraki Sawa: Certain Places, Firstsite Contemporary Art Centre, Essex, UK


Hiraki Sawa, Going Places Sitting Down, Hayward/Bloomberg Commission for Waterloo Sunset Pavillion at Hayward Gallery, London, UK

Hiraki Sawa, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA

Slow Down, Pilar Parra & Romero Gallerie de arte, Madrid Spain

Hiraki Sawa, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

New Media Series – Migration, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO, USA

Hammer Projects – Hiraki Sawa, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles,

Criterium 63, Mito Art Tower, Japan



Selected Group Exhibitions


Wilderness, New Art Gallery Walsall, UK


Parallax 2017, Yilan, Taiwan

Oku Noto Triennale 2017, Suzu, Japan

Sapporo International Art Festival 2017, Sapporo, Japan

Reborn Art Festival 2017, Ishinomaki, Japan

RiverRun dis/continuous writing on history, memory and spirit, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan

Rokkou meets Art 2016, Rokkou, Kobe, Japan


Roppongi Crossing 2016, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


Landscape: the virtual, the actual, the possible?, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris

Variations of the Moon, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Rewritten by Machine and New Technology: Video Art, 1969-2013, University Art Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute


Mono no avare: Contemporary Japanese Artists, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia


Beyond the Surface, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, Singapore

Standing in the Shadow, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan

Re: Quest –Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s, Museum of Art Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Spaces for Drawing, HITE Collection, Seoul, Korea

Welcome to the Small World, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, Japan

What We See, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

True Illusion, Illusory Truth – Contemporary Art Beyond Ordinary Experience, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan


PARADE: Invisibles in Japanese Media Arts, ArtisTree, Hong Kong

Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, touring exhibition – LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore; Middle East Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar

Olympic Games Media Art: Blue Crystal Ball, touring exhibition – Spencer House, London, UK; De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea, UK; AND Festival, Manchester, UK

Very Fun Park, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan

Flight and the Artistic Imagination, Compton Verney Gallery, Warwickshire, England

Acortando distancias. Panorama Asiatico de la Colección MUSAC / Shortening Distances. Asian Panorama of the MUSAC Collection, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain

Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia

Magic Lantern: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

The mind was dreaming. The world was its dream., Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Co Meath, Ireland


Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO

Bye Bye Kitty!: Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art, Japan Society, New York, NY


Elsewhere, Animac: Mostra Internacional de Cinema d'Animació de Catalunya, Spain

Reflection, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan

Smoke + Mirrors/Shadows + Fog, Hunter College/Times Square Art Gallery, New York, NY


Voyages, Japanese Cultural Center, Paris and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

The 6th Asian-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Automatic Cities: The Architectural Imaginary in Contemporary Art, curated by Dr. Robin Clark, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

Big in Japan: The Contemporary Japanese Art Exhibition, curated by Renata Dubinskaite and Kestutis Kuizinas, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Parades and Processions: Here come everybody, Parasol Unit, London, UK

Neoteny Japan: Contemporary Artists after 1990s – From Takahashi Collection, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Mi Vida. From Heaven to Hell. Life experiences in art from MUSAC Collection, curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Zsolt Petrányi, Mücarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest

Incidental Affairs, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan

Fact and Fiction: Recent works from the UBS Art Collection, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Curious Cars and Miniature Movers, Ipswich Art Gallery, Australia


Best of Discovery, ShContemporary, Shanghai, China

Promenades Insomniaques, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

IMPLANT, UBS Art Gallery, New York, NY


Love and Politics, in a minor key, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey


Fast Futures: Asian Video Art, Japan Society Gallery, Japan Society, New York, NY

Broken Romanticism, curated by Stephen Walter, Standpoint Gallery, London,UK

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Margulies Warehouse, Miami, FL


Experimenta: Vanishing Point, Margaret Lawrence Galleries at VCA, Melbourne, Australia

Xanadu Variation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

Sculpture, James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Art Circus: Jumping from the Ordinary, Yokohama Triennial, Yamashita Pier, Yokohama, Japan



Public collections

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom

CAB, Burgos, Spain

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville

The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth

Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain

Museum of Fine Art Boston, Boston

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica

Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis

Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan

UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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