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Toshifumi Hirose

Toshifumi Hirose (born 1971 in Gifu, presently Tokai Gakuin University associate professor) spent 7 years in Germany, and after returning to Japan, has continued to create both two- and three-dimensional artwork with various media.


Hirose feels a profound connection to the philosophy of Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus. According to Gropius, nature and art are fundamentally opposing forces. “We do not adapt to nature, but we fight it. This is how we can feel like we belong in a part of the infinite universe. Then, new communities can emerge. This idea was remarkably different from the contemporary anthropocentric philosophies in Europe. The interaction between the individual and the whole embedded there parallels Buddhist philosophies of the east, and resonates with me the most”, Hirose says. Thus, for him, architectural elements become tools for understanding one’s place in the world.


His work revolves around architectural elements. Within the field of “architecture” a crucial aspect for Hirose is the act of building, or “bau” in German. “Bau” simultaneously embodies the potential for indefinite expansion, as well as the possibility of demolition to zero. Through contrasting these conflicting directions, Hirose conjures dynamic pieces.


1971 Born in Gifu Prefecture

1990 Graduated from Gifu Prefecture Kano High School Art Department

1994 Graduated from Department of Sculpture, Tokyo University of the Arts

2003 MA Kunst Hochschule

<Solo Exhibitions>

2002  "Roundage" Eichenmuellerhaus, Lemgo

2003  "Implemental Square" Guest House, Kassel

2006  "Rosengarten" Kuenstlerhaus, eckernferde

2009  "Sono -Utopia Garten-"  Mikiko Sato Gallery, Hamburg

2012  "Himmelszelt"  Mikiko Sato Gallery, Hamburg

2014  "Fly"  Gallery Susanne Buermester, Rügen


<Group Exhibitions>

2008  "A+A" Aplus Art, Tokyo 

2010  "Winter"Milchhof, Berlin

2011  "The coop"Susanne Buemester Gallery, Berlin/Rügen

     "RE:Amsterdam"10 Gallery, Amsterdam

2013  "Eindruck"Spinnereimuseum Hall14, Leipzig

     "Neuland!"kunsthaus Emden, Emden

2014  "hier und heute"Eichen Muellerhaus, Lemgo

2015  "Gifu DNA"The Museum of Fine Art, Gifu

2016   Gujo Field Museum

2017  "Circus Circus"Circus eins Gallery, Rügen

     "narrativ"Kunsthalle Lüneburg, Lüneburg

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