YU-ICHI Inoue

1916    
born as Inoue Yûichi on February 14th in Tokyo

1935-76    
works as primary school teacher

1942    
begins an eight year calligraphy training with Ueda Sôkyû

1951    
first exhibition of own calligraphic works in Tokyo

1952    
YU-ICHI founds the group “Bokujin-kai” (Ink People Society) with artist friends

1985    
died on June 15th


Exhibitions

2016    
A Centennial Exhibition INOUE Yuichi, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (Catalogue)

2015
Calligraphic Abstraction, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA (group)

2015
The End of Modernity in Calligraphy: From Yuichi Inoue, Lee Ufan to Zhang Yu, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (group)

2015    
Far Yet Close: Calligraphy by Inoue Yuichi, Musee Tomo, Tokyo, Japan (4. April - 26. June 2015)

2015    
Yuichi Inoue, Setouchi City Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan (2. May - 14. June 2015)

2015    
Buddha - 108 Encounteres, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt ( 26. February - 7. June 2015)

2014    
YU-ICHI, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2013    
Contemporary Art and Calligraphy - At the Nexus of Painting and Writing, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2013    
Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

2012    
YU-ICHI, Works on Paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2012
Inoue Yuichi: Painting with All of One’s Heart and the Avantgarde Art of Calligraphy, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa, Japan

2011    
The Art of Writing, Kurhaus-Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden, (catalogue)

2011
YU-ICHI and MORITA, Works on Paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2009    
YU-ICHI, Works on Paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2009
Ink Painting, Calligraphy: The Third Abstraction, Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China (group)

2008    
Works with the Collection of Rolf Ricke, Villa Merkel, Esslingen

2007-08    
Japan and the West, The Filled Void, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (catalogue)

2007-08
YU-ICHI, Works on Paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2006    
YU-ICHI, Works on paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

2005    
YU-ICHI / UECKER - Zeichen setzen, Langen Foundation, Neuss, (catalogue)

2005
Letter . Symbol . Gesture, Carlfriedrich Claus in the context from Klee to Pollock, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz (catalogue)

2004
War and Art, Gunma Prefectual Museum of Art, Takasaki, Japan (group)

2004
Inoue Yu-Ichi [Hin], Monma Gallery, Sapporo, Japan (solo)

2003    
Ineffably Beautiful, The Mystical Paradox in Twentieth Century Art, Kunsthalle Erfurt – House of the Red Ox (catalogue/book)

2000
Yu-Ichi Vivant, Chigasaki City Museum of Art, Chigasaki, Japan (solo)

2000
Yu-Ichi Ali, Ciampino, Rome, Italy (solo)

2000
Yu-Ichi Exhibition, National Museum of Modern Art, RAKU Gallery of Kyoto, Kyoto and University of Aoyama Spiral Garden Hall, Tokyo, Japan (solo)

1999    
YU-ICHI - 100 Works, Art Center Seoul (catalogue)

1996-97    
YU-ICHI, Works on Paper, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt (to mark the publication of the YU-ICHI Catalogue Raisonné)

1995-96    
YU-ICHI. Hin - Werke 1954 bis 1982, Gallery of the Tianjin Renmin Meishu Chubanshe (Tianjin, People`s Republic of China); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Galerie im Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt (catalogue)

1995-96
YU-ICHI, Kantan-fu, Japan Art - Galerie Friedrich Müller, Frankfurt

1995    
YU-ICHI, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (catalogue)

1994-95
Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, NY, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, USA (group)

1993    
YU-ICHI, Works on Paper, Japan Art, Frankfurt (catalogue)

1992    
The Splendour of Poverty, Azabu Museum, Tokyo (leporello)

1989    
YU-ICHI, Works 1955 - 1985, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. Touring exhibition through six Japanese museums (catalogue)

1987    
Yu-Ichi’s Hundred Hana (Flowers), Parco Gallery, Tokyo

1986    
YU-ICHI, Farewell Thoughts, NEWS, Tokyo (catalogue)

1986
YU-ICHI Vivant (YU-ICHI lives), Seed Hall, Tokyo

1984    
Yu-Ichi Kotoba-Gaki (Wordworks), UNAC Salon, Tokyo and Gallery Ban Garo, Osaka, Japan (solo)

1982
1955 and Now, Wako Hall, Tokyo, Japan (group)

1980
Asahi Gallery, Kyoto, Japan (solo)

1979
Japan Today, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA (group)

1976
Sho-Modern Japanische Schreibkunst, traveling exhibition in Germany (group)

1973
Development of Postwar Japanese Art: Abstract and Non-Figurative, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan (group)

1972
Ichibankan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)

1971
Ichibankan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)

1969    
Modern World Art, Contemporary Art Dialogue between the East and the West, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1967
The 1st Japan Gendai Sho Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (group)

1966
The 1st Japan Art Festival, Union Carbide Company headquarters, New York, NY, USA (group)

1965    
Galerie Zwirner, Cologne (solo exhibition)

1965
Yuichi Inoue - Kalligraphien, Kunst- und Museumsverein Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany (solo)

1963
Schrift und Bild, Kalligraphien japanischer Meister der Gegenwart, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Germany (group)

1962
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany (solo)

1961/62
Pittsburgh International Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh (PA), USA  

1961    
6th Biennale, São Paulo

1961
Galerie Zwirner, Cologne (solo exhibition)

1960/61
Japanische Kalligraphie, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

1959    
documenta 2, Kassel, Germany

1958    
50 ans d'art moderne, Expo 58, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

1957    
4th Biennale in São Paulo, Brazil

1955-56    
Abstract Art – Japan and the USA, National Museum for Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
L'encre de chine dans la calligraphie et l'art japonais contemporains, touring exhibition: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Basel; Cenuschi Museum, Paris; Hamburg and Rome

1955    
Bokujin-kai in the galleries Colette Allendy, Paris, and Apollo, Brussels

1954    
Modern Japanese Calligraphy, Museum of Modern Art, New York

1953 - 1964
Exhibitions of Bokujin-kai, Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

1951    
First exhibition of own calligraphic works in Tokyo


Publications

2016    
YU-ICHI INOUE – A Retrospective, 1955 - 1985, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

2015    
Far Yet Close: Calligraphy by Inoue Yuichi, Musée Tomo, Tôkyô, Japan

2015
Buddha - 108 Begegnungen, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

2011    
Catalogue: "The Art of Writing", Kurhaus-Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden

2007    
Catalogue: "Japan and the West", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

2005    
Catalogue: "Zeichen setzen : Günther Uecker und Inoue Yu-Ichi", Langen Foundation, Neuss

2005
Catalogue: "Letter . Symbol . Gesture, Carlfriedrich Claus in the context from Klee to Pollock", Kunstsammlung Chemnitz

2003    
Catalogue / Book: "Ineffably Beautiful, The Mystical Paradox in Twentieth Century Art", Kunsthalle Erfurt

2001    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. II, UNAC Tokyo

2000    
Publication (in two volumes): International symposium "Wordworks for a New Millennium – YU-ICHI"

1999    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI - 100 Works", Art Center Seoul, Korea, June 1999 (Korean)

1998    
Publication: "HIN - Inoue Yûichi", ed. Unagami Masaomi, UNAC Tokyo (jap., engl.)

1998    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. I, UNAC Tokyo

1996    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. III, UNAC Tokyo

1996    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi: Sho no kaihô to wa", ed. Masaomi Unagami, publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1995-96    
Catalogue: YU-ICHI "HIN", Gallery of the Tianjin Renmin Meishu Chubanshe (Tianjin, VR China), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt und Galerie im Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt (ger., chin., engl.)

1995-96    
Leporello: "YU-ICHI, The Great Bombing of Tokyo", for the exhibition in the Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt am Main (jap. und ger.)

1995    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi, Tokyo daikûshû" ("Inoue Yûichi, The Great Bombing of Tokyo"), publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1995    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI", Kunsthalle Basel (ger.)

1994-95    
Catalogue: "Screams against the Sky, Japanese Art after 1945, Modernism and Transition", Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama; Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, und Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

1994    
Videofilm: "YU-ICHI - Scribo Ergo Sum", ed. UNAC Tokyo (ger., engl.)

1993    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works on Paper", Japan Art Galerie Frankfurt (ger., engl.)

1992    
Leporello: "The Splendour of Poverty", Azabu Museum, Tokyo

1991    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works 1955-85", "Ôkina Inoue Yûichi-ten" - touring exhibition through three Japanese museums, 1991 (reprint of the catalogue from 1989)

1989    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works 1955-85", "Ôkina Inoue Yûichi-ten" National Museum of Modern Art, Kyôto, 1989 (jap., engl.)

1986    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI – Farewell Thoughts", NEWZ, Tokyo

1982    
Publication: "Taka" - The work consists of a cardboard, slipcase, leporello book with six works of "Taka" by YU-ICHI on the one side and the novella "Taka" by Ôoka Shôhei on the other, as well as a record with the composition Kaikô ("Encounter") by Ichiyanagi Toshi and the reading of the novella "Taka" (speaker: Kishida Kyôko), publ. and prod. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1977    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi no sho - Sho by YU-ICHI 49-77", ed. Masaomi Unagami, publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap., engl.).

1965    
Catalogue: "Inoue Yûichi", Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (ger.)


Public collections

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka (Japan)
The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (Japan)
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (Japan)
The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Japan)
Niigata City Art Museum (Japan)
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Japan)
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum (Japan)
Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Japan)
Chiba City Museum of Art (Japan)
Matsumoto City Museum of Art (Japan)
Okazaki Mindscape Museum (Japan)
Today Art Museum, Beijing (China)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)
Museum für ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne (Germany)
Langen Foundation, Neuss (Germany)
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (Germany)
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Germany)
Museum Rietberg, Zürich (Switzerland)

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