Koki Tanaka


Japanese artist born in 1975, currently living and working between Kyoto and Los Angeles. Koki Tanaka is represented by Aoyama| Meguro, Tokyo and Vitamin Creative Space.

Koki Tanaka mainly produces video and installation, many of which are developed site-specifically. He often deals with everyday commodities and surroundings, and recently has put more focus on everyday people’s behavior with his conceptual approach and subtle control, in order to create a visual sphere that challenges the mundane and the rational embedded in the minds of the viewers. In doing so, he lets the work entice them into a spontaneous aesthetic experience. On the recommendation of Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Tanaka was awarded the Fellowship of Overseas Study Programme for Artists by the Agency for Cultural Affairs by the Japanese Government. Tanaka was honored by being chosen to represent Japan at the 2013 Venice Biennale, where he plans to use elements of the March 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami as a theme for the installation.


Past Exhibitions

15 Invitations: Int Guerrero: Udlot udlot

Asia Art Archive
14/12/2015 — 13/02/2016

Mobile M+: Moving Images

Midtown POP, Causeway Bay and Cattle Depot Artist Village, To Kwa Wan 13/03/2015 — 26/04/2015

Koki Tanaka: A Vulnerable Narrator

Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin 26/03/2015 — 25/05/2015

Solo Shows


“A Vulnerable Narrator,” Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin Germany


“A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt),” (Curator: Bernard Etienne), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest, France


“Abstract Speaking – Sharing Uncertainty and Collective Acts,” (Curator: Mika Kuraya), Japan Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, Italy (cat.)


“A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt),” (Curator: Juli Carson), Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine, USA


“In a place between snow balls and stones,” AOYAMA MEGURO, Tokyo

“Dog, Bus, Palm Tree,” The Box, Los Angeles, USA


“Nothing Related, but Something could be Associated,” (Curator: Julio Cesar Morales) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA

“Random Hours, Several Locations,” YYZ Artist’s Outlet, Toronto, Canada

Group Shows


“Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015,” (Artistic Director: Shinji Kohmoto), Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, others, Kyoto, Japan (cat.)

“Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflections on the Imagination of Asia,” (Curators: Chien-Hung Huang , Carol Yinghua Lu, Yukie Kamiya, Sunjung Kim), Art Sonje Center


“Play Time – Les Ateliers de Rennes – biennale d’art contemporain,” (Curator: Zoe Gray), Renne, Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, Frac Bretagne, Rennes, France

“Positions,” (Curator: Nick Aikens), Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands

“Journal,” (Curator: Matt Williams), ICA, London

“The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else,” (A part of Moderation(s) by Heman Chong), Witte de With, Rotterdam

“Frieze Projects 2014,” (Curator: Cecilia Alemani), Frieze New York, New York


“Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers,” (Curator: Chinatsu Makiguchi), The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo(cat.)

“Thermodynamics of The Sun,” (Curator: Kazuhiro Yamamoto), Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts(cat.)

“Unknown Forces,” (Curator: Kim Sunjung), Tophane i Amire Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul, Turkey(cat.) “2013 California-Pacific Triennial,” (Curator: Dan Cameron), Orange County Museum of Art, CA, USA(cat.)

“Freak Out!,”Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

“Geometrie Variable,” Super Window Project, Domaine les Crayeres, Reims, France

“Re: Quest – Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s,” (Curators: Tohru Matsumoto, Masahiko Haito, Yukie Kamiya, Oh Jin-yee) Japan Foundation and Museum of Art, Seoul University, Korea (cat.)