Yukinori Yanagi - Money / Flower

Michael Janssen Singapore
September 27 - November 9, 2014
Opening: September 26, 7 - 9 pm
Press Release


Born in 1959 in Fukuoka, Japan. Lives and works in Hiroshima, Japan.

Yanagi is one of the most influential Japanese artists of his generation. In his works Yanagi uses national symbols to question the politics and ideology of contemporary Japan. Yanagi works with several media and has used live ants, neon lights and plastic toys to create his installations and scultpures.

Yanagi was the first Japanese artist to be awarded the Aperto prize at the Venice Biennale in 1993. His solo exhibitions were held at Anthony d’Offay (London), Peter Blum (New York), Miyake Fine Arts (Tokyo), and he participated at numerous international exhibitions such as the 1996 São Paulo Biennial and the 1997 Biennale de Lyon. Yanagi was also one of the first non-American artists selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000.

In 1992 he had a solo exhibition at the Benesse Art Site Museum in Naoshima, Japan and was captivated by the beauty of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Later, in 1995, he encountered the abandoned copper refinery in Inujima island, to which he relocated and started the “Inujima Project”. Completed in 2008, it is known today as The Inujima Seirensho Art Museum. Today Yanagi resides and works at Art Base Momoshima, a new art facility opened in 2012 utilizing an abandoned junior high school in Momoshima, an island in Onomichi City close to Hiroshima.

Selected exhibitions

2014: Michael Janssen Singapore (solo); Miyake Fine Arts, Tokyo (solo).

2013: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (group); Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (group); Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan (group); Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan (group); Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan (group); MoA - Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea (group).