Leiko Ikemura studied at Osaka University from 1970-1972. She then left Japan to study in Spain from 1973 to 1978 at the Academia de Bellas Artes in Granada and Seville. In 1979, Ikemura moved to Zurich to live and worked there for 4 years. The first of her mature paintings developed around 1980. The first solo exhibition in a public institution took place in 1983 at the “Bonn Kunstverein”, in Bonn, Germany. That same year, she spent as an artist in residency in Nuremberg, (“Stadtzeichnerin” upon invitation of the city of Nuremberg). During the next several years, Ikemura had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries and public institutions, such as: the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel (1987), Melbourne International Biennial 1999, in the Japan Pavilion. In 1985, she moved to Cologne. Her interest in working with sculpture began in 1987. In the 1990s, the female figure crystallized as the main focus of her work. In 1991, Ikemura became a Professor for Painting at the “Universität der Künste” (University of fine Arts) in Berlin.

Leiko Ikemura, Image Courtesy of artitious.com
Leiko Ikemura
Tsu, August 22, 1951

Current Exhibitions

11 May — 01 Sep
Presenting drawings, paintings, and sculptures, Kunstmuseum Basel presents the retrospective dedicated to the Japanese-Swiss artist Leiko Ikemura at Neubau, mounted in consultation with the artist...

Past Exhibitions

The World on Paper

27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Leiko Ikemura: Woman of Fire Dancing with Tree

Galerie Karsten Greve 21/04/2017 — 24/06/2017


Tony Wuethrich Galerie
15/05/2017 — 26/06/2017

Leiko Ikemura

Galerie Michael Haas
29/04/2016 — 29/05/2016

Omnia Signa, black on white

Private: Studio d’Arte Cannaviello
24/09/2015 — 17/11/2015

Solo Shows

LEIKO IKEMURA, NACH NEUEN MEEREN, Kunstmuseum Basel, Schweiz
Leiko Ikemura Our Planet – Earth & Stars, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

Leiko Ikemura: Poetics of Form, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA

LEIKO IKEMURA. i-migration, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

Leiko Ikemura. Korekara or the Serenity of Fragile Being, Museum of Asian Art of Berlin State Museums, Germany

イケムラレイコ展; Leiko Ikemura, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, MOMAT, Japan

Leiko Ikemura; Tag, Nacht und Halbmond, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
u mi no ko, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Mishima, Japan

Sculpture Painting Drawing, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany

Ozean — ein Projekt, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Les années lumière, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Beyond the horizon, Toyota Munincipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan

Sign of life, Melbourne International Biennal, Japan Pavillon, Melbourne, Australia
Migration, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA

Leiko Ikemura, Ausstellungsgesellschaft für zeitgenoessische Kunst Zollverein, Essen, Germany

Leiko Ikemura, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

Leiko Ikemura, Gemaelde, Zeichnungen 1980-1987, Museum of Contemporary Art, Basel, Switzerland

Leiko Ikemura, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

Group Shows

Emotional Drawings (tentative title), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, MOMAK, Japan
A Perspective on Contemporary Art 6: Emotional Drawing, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, MOMAT, Japan

The Spaces Between, Leiko Ikemura und Guenther Foerg, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Fiction for the Real, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
The Child, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan

The World is A Stage. Stories Behind Pictures, Mori Art Museum, (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower), Tokyo, Japan
Life actually, MOT Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

Himmel Falden, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark

Terra! Terra!, Centro Sperimentale d´Arte Contemporanea, Caraglio, Italy

Visage, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

La razon para la impresion, Mueso de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia

art en plein air, Motiers ’95, Motiers, Switzerland

Ankunft, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany

Double Take, Soho Art House, New York, USA

A Perspective of Contemporary Art: Color and/or Monochrome, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Drawing as Itself, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

Made in Cologne, DuMont Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany

Stiller Nachmittag, Kunsthaus Zuerich, Zurich, Switzerland

Vom Zeichnen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Kasseler Kunstverein, Museum moderner Kunst MUMOK, Wien, Austria

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Tsu Country of birth: Japan Date of birth: August 22, 1951 Lives in: Berlin & Cologne, Germany
W: Leiko Ikemura M: studio@leiko.info