Kishio Suga Exhibition


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Dia presents an exhibition of Kishio Suga’s work at Dia:Chelsea at 541 West 22nd Street in New York City. Suga is a founding members of Mono-ha (School of Things), which emerged in Japan in the 1960s and 1970s and developed in parallel with Postminimal and Land art in the United States and Arte Povera in Europe—movements at the core of Dia’s permanent collection. This will be Suga’s first solo museum show in the United States.

In this exhibition, Suga will respond to the building’s unique history as a marble-cutting facility by recreating his Placement of Condition (1973), a signature installation of cut stones that lean precariously away from each other, but are bound together with wire into a mutually dependent and stable network. This work will be on view alongside a selection of other significant historical installations and new works conceived specifically for Dia that explore issues of balance and structure and that respond to the physical parameters of the space. His new commission will investigate material equilibrium through a series of interweaving metal rods that are perched on top of wooden uprights.

Kishio Suga was born in Morioka, Japan, in 1944 and currently lives and works in northern Japan. Suga received a BFA from Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1968. Since that time, he has been producing sculptural installations that explore questions of formal, material, and conceptual equilibrium. Suga’s work has been exhibited extensively in Japan, Europe, and the United States, and he has had numerous solo exhibitions in his home country including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2015), the Yokohama Museum of Art (1999), and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (1997). The forthcoming presentation at Dia will be the artist’s first solo museum show in the United States.



from November 05, 2016 to April 02, 2017


Kishio Suga

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