Anti-thesis: Gazing up at the endless blue // stained forever by its color // I have ceased to be myself

  • Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2019
    Anti-thesis: Gazing up at the endless blue // stained forever by its color // I have ceased to be myself, 2019
    Photo: Takeshi Hirabayashi



  • Born 1968 in Kagoshima, Japan
  • Based in Akita, Japan

Takamine Tadasu lays bare buried issues in society through the prism of his own personal experiences and physical sensitivities, employing various media including video, installation and stage performance. Created at the site of a former manganese mine which still bears traces of Japan's history of Korean forced labor, A Lover from Korea is a work inspired by his relationship with his partner. Another work, The Unwelcomed, takes as its theme an immigrant ship washed ashore on a nearby coast. Both works are laced with a sense of pain and frustration coming from the artist himself--emotions which can't be dismissed as mere empathy for others. Placing his audience in uncomfortable situations, Takamine pointedly calls into question their sense of belonging, while conveying, through untrained, awkward bodies, an underlying warm, naive humanity that longs for others.

Selected Works & Awards

2012 Tadasu Takamine’s Cool Japan (solo), Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2011 Too Far To See (solo), Ikon Gallery, London and others
2010 Aichi Triennale 2010, Arts and Cities, Aichi, Japan
2003 Z.O.U. - Zone of Urgency, Arsenale, 50th Venice Biennial, Dreams and Conflicts, Venice, Italy
2003 A Lover from Korea (solo), NPO Tanba Manganese Memorial, Kyoto, Japan


Former Toyota Higashi High School


5 Kozakahonmachi, Toyota, Aichi


Admission until
15 minutes
before closing


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・15 minutes on foot from Toytashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line or Shin-Toyota Station on the Aichi Loop Railway.
・10 minutes on foot from Bijutsukan-kita Bus Stop on the Meitetsu Bus.
・Approximately 10 minutes from the Toyota I.C. of the Tomei Expressway.
・Approximately 15 minutes from the Matsudaira I.C. of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.
・Approximately 20 minutes from the Toyota Higashi I.C. of the Tokai-Kanjo Expressway.