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
Japan

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

PalaisPopulaire
27/09/2018 — 07/01/2019

Leiko Ikemura: Woman of Fire Dancing with Tree

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

InterWalls

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

2019
LEIKO IKEMURA, NACH NEUEN MEEREN, Kunstmuseum Basel, Schweiz
Leiko Ikemura Our Planet – Earth & Stars, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

2016
Leiko Ikemura: Poetics of Form, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, USA

2013
LEIKO IKEMURA. i-migration, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Germany

2012
Leiko Ikemura. Korekara or the Serenity of Fragile Being, Museum of Asian Art of Berlin State Museums, Germany

2011
イケムラレイコ展; Leiko Ikemura, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, MOMAT, Japan

2008
Leiko Ikemura; Tag, Nacht und Halbmond, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland
2006
u mi no ko, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Mishima, Japan

2004
Sculpture Painting Drawing, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany

2002
Ozean — ein Projekt, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

2001
Les années lumière, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

2000
Beyond the horizon, Toyota Munincipal Museum of Art, Toyota, Japan

1999
Sign of life, Melbourne International Biennal, Japan Pavillon, Melbourne, Australia
Migration, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USA

1997
Leiko Ikemura, Ausstellungsgesellschaft für zeitgenoessische Kunst Zollverein, Essen, Germany

1988
Leiko Ikemura, Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland

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

1983
Leiko Ikemura, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

Group Shows

2008
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

2007
The Spaces Between, Leiko Ikemura und Guenther Foerg, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
Fiction for the Real, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

2006
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
The Child, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi, Japan

2005
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

2003
Himmel Falden, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark

2001
Terra! Terra!, Centro Sperimentale d´Arte Contemporanea, Caraglio, Italy

2000
Visage, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan

1999
La razon para la impresion, Mueso de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia

1995
art en plein air, Motiers ’95, Motiers, Switzerland

1992
Ankunft, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany

1991
Double Take, Soho Art House, New York, USA

1990
A Perspective of Contemporary Art: Color and/or Monochrome, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

1989
Drawing as Itself, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

1988
Made in Cologne, DuMont Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany

1987
Stiller Nachmittag, Kunsthaus Zuerich, Zurich, Switzerland

1985
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