Hiroshi Fujimatsu


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Hiroshi Fujimatsu was born 1922 in the Nagano prefecture. Following graduation from Tokyo Shihan High School in 1945, he has exhibited his work 9 times at the non-competitive and unjuried “Yomiuri Independent Exhibition” since 1949.
His work was first noticed by the major Japanese modern art critic, Shuzo Takiguchi, who popularized Fujimatsu’s work with other critics. The artist’s first solo exhibition was at Gallery Takemiya, Tokyo. In 1957, he exhibited his work at the “15 Vanguard Artists” held by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and visited America in 1958, where he remained in New York for two years. After returning to Japan, he created a series that focused on the shape of bodies.
Fujimatsu passed away in 1996 at 74 years old. His works were exhibited posthumously at “Traveler of light and shadows-Fujimatsu Hiroshi” at Matsumoto City Museum of Art in 2013.

[Solo Exhibitions]

1953 The first solo exhibition held at Gallery Takemiya

1961 Fujimatsu Hiroshi Solo Exhibition “THE CITY,” New York・The Nippon Club

1997 MASK: Exhibition of Unreleased Works of Fujimatsu Hiroshi The Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts Creative art space

2013 Traveler of light and shadows–Fujimatsu Hiroshi– : a cross section of Japanese post-war art, Matsumoto City Museum of Art

2017 Hiroshi Fujimatsu: “Pop Step Challenging Pollock!!,“ Gallery Kawafune, Kashima Arts

[Group Exhibitions]

1949〜50、52〜58 Exhibited total of nine times at ”Nihon Independent Exhibition,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, sponsored by Yomiuri Shimbun.

1957 “15 Vanguard Artists,” The National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo

1963 Exhibited at “the 7thTokyo Biennale,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

1972 Exhibited at”Development of Postwar Japanese Art Figurative Art,” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1981 “Trends of contemporary Japanese artin the 1950s: Gloom and rays of light,” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

“The 1960’s: Decade of Change in Contemporary Japanese Art,” The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

1982 “The First Contemporary Art Festival: Shuzo Takiguchi and Post war Arts,” The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

“The Vision of Contemporary Art−Oil Painting Exhibition,” The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama

1984 “20 Years of Contemporary Painting,” The Museum Of Modern Art, Gunma

1996 “1964:A TURNING POINT INJAPANESE ART,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

“Shedding light on art in Japan 1953,” Meguro Museum of Art

1998 “Realism in postwar Japan1945-1960,” Nagoya City Art Museum

2001 “Cross Section of Postwar Art – Akira Baba and Painters of Sato Gallery,” Akita Museum of Modern Art

2005 ”Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum” 1926-1970, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

2007 “Modern Art of Matsumotodaira−Artists Who Dreamed of a Museum−,” Matsumoto City Museum of Art

“Surrealism and Art -Image and Reality-,” Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Yokohama Museum of Art

“Fireworks in Art −From Hiroshige to the Present−,” Iwaki City Art Museum