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b. 1962, Japan

Ritsue Mishima Biography

Ritsue Mishima's work is an anomaly in the world of contemporary Venetian glass. Her trademark is intuitive, colourless, glass objects with remarkably rough and occasionally playful surface treatments. With this conscious and challenging limitation of possibilities, Mishima occupies an exceptional position within the production of Italian glass. Nonetheless, her imposing oeuvre can be read as a showcase of classical blowing and decorative techniques, so that it is indirectly rooted in the rich tradition of Murano glass.

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Mishima finds inspiration in nature and the cosmos. Some of her objects resemble glistening fish scales or magnified microscopic sea creatures. Others are inspired by sprouting seeds, weathered tree trunks, exotic fruits or sinister meteorites, the full moon or twinkling galaxies. The light of Venice's lagoon is a recurring source of inspiration. Her Japanese background is always tangible.

Mishima has garnered international recognition for many years and has had numerous exhibitions and received many prizes. Although her objects are unique artworks in their own right, Mishima presents them in carefully arranged installations. She makes a careful analysis of the exhibition space and designs a display in which each object is a crucial component in an intriguing spatial composition. The light in the space plays an essential role in the realisation of these constellations.
–Thimo G. te Duits

Text courtesy Brutto Gusto.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Contemporary crafts, Brutto Gusto, Berlin (1 May–29 August 2021). Courtesy Brutto Gusto.

Ritsue Mishima Featured Artworks

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VORTICE by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaVORTICE, 2020Sculpture
34 x 34.5 cm
Brutto Gusto Contact Gallery
SPIN SOFFIATO by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaSPIN SOFFIATO, 2021Sculpture
53.5 x 43 cm
Brutto Gusto Contact Gallery
SEMI DI LUCE by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaSEMI DI LUCE, 2021Sculpture
Brutto Gusto Contact Gallery
ICE FINGER by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaICE FINGER, 2021Sculpture
44 x 27 cm
Brutto Gusto Contact Gallery
Gocce Cosmiche by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaGocce Cosmiche, 2019Glass
187 x 10 x 10 cm
ShugoArts Contact Gallery
Amon by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaAmon, 2019Glass
45.5 x 37 x 37 cm
ShugoArts Contact Gallery
BOCCIOLO by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaBOCCIOLO, 2016glass
33 x 33 x 10.5 cm
ShugoArts Contact Gallery
CRYSTAL VORTEX by Ritsue Mishima contemporary artwork
Ritsue MishimaCRYSTAL VORTEX, 2019Glass
38 x 38 cm
ShugoArts Contact Gallery

Ritsue Mishima Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Contemporary crafts at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
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1 May–29 August 2021 Group Exhibition Contemporary crafts Brutto GustoBerlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, ShugoArts Show at ShugoArts, Tokyo
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26 June–31 July 2021 Group Exhibition ShugoArts Show ShugoArtsTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wielandstraße 34 at Brutto Gusto, Berlin
Closed
6 November–19 December 2020 Group Exhibition Wielandstraße 34 Brutto GustoBerlin

Ritsue Mishima Represented By

Brutto Gusto contemporary art gallery in Berlin, Germany Brutto Gusto Berlin
ShugoArts contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan ShugoArts Tokyo

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