Installation view at Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, 2023. Photo by Tsuyoshi Hisakado.


Kyoto City University of Arts Relocation Commemorative Program

Tsuyoshi Hisakado: Dear Future Person,

In October 2023, Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery left the location in Horikawa-Oike that it has occupied since 2010 to begin the next chapter in its history as part of the new campus on the east side of JR Kyoto Station. For the inaugural exhibition at its new location, KCUA Art Gallery will hold a solo exhibition by Tsuyoshi Hisakado, a remarkable artist who was born in Kyoto in 1981 and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with a degree in sculpture.

In his installation-centered practice, Hisakado draws on his own experience to explore humankind’s relationship with nature and the universe, creating works featuring sculpted objects and intangible phenomena like sound and light inspired by those relationships. With its highly subtle yet rich and deft rendering that conveys a sense of immense phenomena, his internationally acclaimed work appeals to viewers’ physical sensations to stir awareness of the subconscious.

This is Hisakado’s first solo exhibition in Kyoto, the city of his birth and where he remains based. His choice to live in Kyoto, a place away from bustle of the capital and which preserves the memory of human activities from long ago, and then his encounters and learnings from various artists who pursue their work with unique philosophical mindsets at this university that is the oldest art college in Japan have all refined his sensibilities further and deepened his artistic style. Alongside his ability to put together minutely programmed spaces and phenomena, one of the most important elements in his work that gives it an extraordinary sense of tension is his unrivaled skill in shaping things, always engaging with the singular and in-the-moment nature of his practice, as evident not only in the finished works but also the creation process.

This exhibition comprises a large, unique installation especially configured for the gallery space at the new campus. As the title indicates, Dear Future Person, can be interpreted as a grand message from Hisakado as an artist to future individuals in the setting of an art university, a place that attempts to deepen ideas and artistic expression, and understand the world through fresh sensibilities. When we engage with the world of his work, we are each spurred to rethink both our current whereabouts in the present day and what is yet to come.

(Translated by William Andrews)

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Tsuyoshi Hisakado
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
46 days
(2023.12.16 Sat.2024.2.18 Sun.)
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts
With additional funding from
The Asahi Shimbun Foundation and Kyoto Foundation for Visual Culture
Sponsored by
Tori Corporation
With the cooperation of
Ota fine Arts
Curated by
Mizuho Fujita (Chief Curator/Program Director, KCUA Art Gallery)

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Artist Profiles

Tsuyoshi Hisakado
Born in Kyoto in 1981, Tsuyoshi Hisakado completed his M.F.A. at the Department of Sculpture, Kyoto City University of Arts in 2007. With an interest in the fundamental sensibility and uniqueness/eternity that constitute human activity, Hisakado creates conceptual works using a variety of methods and media, including sound, light, programming, sculpture, painting and large-scale installations. The artist hopes that his works resonate with the viewer's memories and imaginations, and sharpens their visual and auditory senses. In 2020, Hisakado held his first museum-scale solo exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan. Hisakado was elected the East Asian Cultural Exchange Envoy and has been awarded the 'Mercedes-Benz Art Scope 2018-2020', the Audience Award at the 'NISSAN ART AWARD 2015', and the Grand Prize of the 'VOCA 2016 The Vision of Contemporary Art'. He has participated in various group exhibitions including the ‘Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (Hawai’i, 2022)’, '58th Venice Biennale 2019: May You Live in Interesting Times" (Venice, 2019)', 'Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition (Kyoto, 2017)', 'AICHI TRIENNALE 2016 rainbow caravan' and has held solo exhibitions at 'MoCA Pavilion Special Project (Shanghai, 2016), Ota Fine Arts Singapore (2015) and Ota Fine Arts Tokyo (2018).