Born in 1982 in London, United Kingdom.

Lives and works in Berlin.

Education

2006-08 Fine Art, Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main
2002-05 Architecture BA, 1st Class Degree Hons with Distinction, Cambridge University

Awards

2010 The Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel 41, Switzerland
The Cartier Award, Frieze Art Fair, UK
2009 Arts Foundation Fellowship Award, National Prize, UK
2008 Schindler Residency, MAK Center for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021 new work, Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam
Who the Bær, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2020 Hope House, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston
2019 Joanne, Arken, Ishøj
2018 Revolution, Lafayette Anticipations – Galeries Lafayette Corporate Foundation, Paris
Joanne, Galerie Wedding, Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
Hope House, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
2016 Figures in a Landscape, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Joanne, The Photographers' Gallery, London
The Humanizer, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
White Day, Tokyo Opera City Gallery
The Way, Yu-un, Obayashi Collection, Tokyo
2015 Modern Marriage, Public art sculpture (permanent), American Embassy Gardens, London
A Spire, Public art sculpture (permanent), Laidlaw Library, University of Leeds, Leeds
2014 Three Easy Pieces, The Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge
Rebekkah, Contemporary Art Society, London
2013 Grand Tour, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
The Problem of the Rock, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka
Simon Fujiwara, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
2012 1982, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives
2011 Welcome to the Hotel Munber, Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
2010 The Personal Effects of Theo Grünberg, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf
2009 Impersonator, Schindler House, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Manual override, The Shed, New York
The Seventh Continent, 16th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Sculptures infinies – des collections de moulages à l'ère digitale, École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Intimate distance. Masterpieces from the Ishikawa Collection, Mo.Co. – Hôtel des Collections, Montpellier
Is This Tomorrow?, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2018 Insane in the Membrane, Sammlung Philara, Dusseldorf
Motherland in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow
2017 Sur/Face: Mirrors, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
2016 The Happy Museum, Berlin Biennale 9, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Joanne, Okayama Art Summit 2016, Okayama
2015 Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
2014 Un Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2013 Sharjah Biennial
2012 Shanghai Biennial
Gwangju Biennial
2010 São Paulo Biennial
2009 53rd Venice Biennale

The work of British-Japanese artist Simon Fujiwara offers a unique view into the mechanics of identity construction and the ‘industry of the individual’ in contemporary life. His works emerge from a personal grappling with the contradictions of inherited racial, national, historical, cultural values. In his most ambitious projects that range from a full reconstruction of the Anne Frank House (Hope House, 2016–18) to the “re-branding campaign” for his former high school art teacher after a nude media scandal (Joanne, 2016), Fujiwara deftly navigates culturally potent topics with enigmatic and surprising approaches that broaden conversations and avoid didacticism. Through his multiple formal strategies, Fujiwara is able to use the tools of our hyper-mediated world—from advertising, museum making to theme park design—to hold a distorted mirror to our contemporary, liberal societies possessed with spectacle, fantasy and authenticity.

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