Japanese artist born in Kobe in 1969, currently living and working in Naha. Shimabuku is represented by many galleries, among them Barbara Wien (Berlin), Nogueras Blanchard (Madrid and Barcelona) and Freedman Fitzpatrick (Los Angeles).

Shimabuku is a Japanese artist born in 1969 in Kobe. Shimabuku has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Kunsthalle Bern and at the Wilkinson.

Kobe, 1969

Current Exhibitions

06 Feb — 01 Apr
“A Low-Hanging Fruit” is the second edition of the Lulennial. Co-curated by Los Angeles-based writer and curator Andrew Berardini and Lulu co-founder, Chris Sharp, this second edition of the micro-perennial...

Past Exhibitions

Shimabuku: Bow to Bow

Barbara Wien
04/03/2017 — 13/04/2017

Solo Shows


Bow to Bow, Barbara Wein, Berlin

Reborn Art Festival Touhoku Oshika, Miyagi

Shimabuku, the National Museum of Art, Osaka


FOOD- Ecologies of the Everyday: 13th Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Fellbach Development, Okayama

Art Summit 2016, Okayama (curated by Liam Gillick)

The Snow Monkeys of Texas, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles Cuban Samba, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid


Contemporary Still-Lives, Antinori Art Project, Florence

Take Me To The River, Dojima River Biennale 2015, Osaka

Exchange A Mobile Phone For A Stone Tool, Wilkinson Gallery, London


When Sky was Sea, Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery Sea and Flowers, Barbara Wien Wilma Lukatsch, Berlin

Flying Me, Kunsthalle Bern City in the Sea, Air de Paris, Paris


“Something that Floats / Something that Sinks,” Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K

“Noto,” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


“Leaves Swim,” Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona


“Shimabuku,” Overbeck Gesellschaft Kunstverein Lübeck, Lübeck

“Man should try to avoid contact with alien life forms,” Le Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’ile de Vassiviére, Vassiviére (cat.)

“On the water,” CAPC musee d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux

“My Teacher Tortoise,” Wilkinson Gallery, London


“Kaki and Tomato,” Air de Paris, Paris


“New Works,” Watari-Um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

“Sea, Sky, Language and so on,” DAAD galerie, Berlin

“Shimabuku’s Fish & Chips,” Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona


“Shimabuku’s Fish & Chips,” Wilkinson Gallery, London

“The Story So Far 2,” Shugoarts, Tokyo

“Shimabuku’s Fish & Chips,” DAAD galerie, Berlin


“From high in the sky to the bottom of the sea,” Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona

“Catching octopus with self-made ceramic pots,” Air de Paris, Paris

Group Shows


The Animal Mirror, ISCP, New York

Ecce Homo,The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Echo of untouched matter, Lothringer 13, Munich


Äppärät, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Mountains with a Broken Edge, Havana Biennale, Havana

#catcontent, Kunstpalais, Erlangen A Climate Fictionalism, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei City

The Way Things Go, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Supple Expansions, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles

A History, Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum City and Nature, Sapporo International Art Festiva Manners of Matter, Saltzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

Underwater Worlds, Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr


“Aquatopia,” Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, U.K

“Aquatopia,” Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, U.K

“Le Pont,” Musee d’art contemporain, Marseille, France

“Re:emerge,” Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, UAE

“how to write 1” Wien Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany


“Mount Fuji does not exist,” Plateau / Frac Ile-de-France, Paris


“Impossible Community,” Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Mosocow (cat.)

“Our Magic Hour,” Yokohama Triennale 2011: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama (cat.)

“Somewhere Else,” Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, Spain

“Kaza Ana / Air Hole: Another Conceptualism from Asia,” The National Museum of Art, Osaka


Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi, Japan (cat.)

“Still Vast Reserves,” Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia (cat.)

“Extra Ordinary,” Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, U.K.

“Eating the Universe. Food in Art,” Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (cat.)

“NEANDERTHALIAN NIGHTS: The world is not at home,” Galleria ZERO…, Milano


“Eating the Universe. Food in Art,” Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (cat.)

“LINK – Flexible Deviation,” KOBE Biennale 2009, Kobe, Japan (cat.)

“Void of Memory,” Platform, KIMUSA, Seoul (cat.)

“Hundred Stories about Love,” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (cat.)

“Mash Up,” ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand

“The Grand Illusion,” National Chang Kai Shek Cultural Center, Taipei

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Kobe Country of birth: Japan Date of birth: 1969 Lives in: Naha