The Asia Society Hong Kong Center (“ASHK”) is hosting the first major solo exhibition of renowned Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara in Hong Kong from March 6 – July 26, 2015. With tremendous support from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Presents – Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara exhibition will be free for the public to enjoy, including a selection of Nara’s most evocative works, public lectures and educational programs to bring attendees closer to one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists.
Yoshitomo Nara was born in 1959 and raised in Hirosaki, a small town in Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan. He acquired his Master’s Degree at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in 1987 and moved on to Germany to study at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (State Academy of Arts) in 1988. Under A.R. Penck, Nara attained the title “Meisterschüler” (master pupil) and proceeded to work in Cologne from 1994 to 2000. In 1998, Nara taught at the University of California, Los Angeles for three months as a guest professor. The artist returned to Japan in 2000, initially working in Tokyo before moving to Tohigi in 2005.
Working in multiple art forms, including painting, drawing, sculpture in ceramic, bronze and fiberreinforced plastic, and large-scale installations, Nara uses depictions of children and animals to convey his interpretation of life.
“The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is delighted to bring Yoshitomo Nara’s thought-provoking work to Hong Kong in this exhibition. Our collaboration with this most beloved and accessible artist helps us to further our educational aim of encouraging creative expression and nurturing an appreciation of the arts in our community,” said S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
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