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Hiromi Akiyama

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Hiromi Akiyama
Photo: Manfred Zimmermann, Hanover
1937born in Hiroshima (Japan)
1959-63Studies at Musashino Art University Tokyo
1965Nika Prize, Tokyo
1966-68Studies at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris
1967Participation in the 8th Sculpture Symposium St. Margarethen, Burgenland, Austria
until 1986Participation in sculpture symposia in Austria, the former CSSR, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan
1978Appointment at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
1981-2002Professorship for sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe
1982Prize of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg, Karlsruhe
1983Marianne and Hans Friedrich Defet Prize of the German Artists' Association, Berlin, Art Director of the International Sculpture Symposium Kawasaki-City, Japan
1994Design of the Hermann Hesse Literature Prize Karlsruhe
2012died in Rheinzabern
 Exhibition participations (selection)
1966-67Salon de la Jeune Sculpture, Paris
1972Japanese Artists, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo
1977Stone Sculptors in Europe, Modern Art Gallery, Vienna
19781st European Sculptors Triennial Paris
1981German Artists' Association, Nuremberg
 Artists' Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Esslingen
1982Great Art Exhibition Munich
 Stone, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
1983Japanese Artists in Germany, Düsseldorf
 German Sculptors of the Present, Augsburg Art Association
1984Iron path, Göppingen
1990Sculpture of the 80s in the Southwest, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
1992Sculpture path Engen
1994Japanese Artists in Europe, Gl. Holtegaard Museum, Holte
1996New Collection Contemporary Art Museum Hiroshima, Japan
 2021 || Bad Ragartz 8. Schweizerische Triennale der Skulptur
 Works in public collections
 Bratislava, ČR, Collection National Museum
 Bonn, Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany
 Hakone, Japan, Open Air Museum Hakone
 Hiroshima, Japan, Contemporary Art Museum Hiroshima
 Karlsruhe, Municipal Gallery in the Prinz-Max-Palais
 Linz, New Gallery of the City of Linz
 Reutlingen, City Library
 Saarbrücken, Saarland Museum
 Stuttgart, Ministry of Science and Art Baden-Württemberg
The emphatically hard stone is the most essential element in the work of Hiromi Akiyama. In hardly any other material could he demonstrate the achievement around emptiness so passionately and directly. Having grown up in Japan and having escaped the atomic bombing of his hometown in 1945, East Asian thinking with its polarity of opposites of existence left a lasting impression on him. His existentialist, but in essence modest attitude, to which he adhered at least since his time in Paris, seeks the harmonious interpenetration of inside and outside, of matter and spirit, form and formlessness, something and nothing (i.e. the void). In the symbol of the shadow, the two-dimensional disembodiment of (three-dimensional) sculpture, Akiyama also finds the union of rest and movement, space and time. His enthusiasm for large-scale sculpture made the sculptor a welcome participant in countless symposia. The work is characterized not only by its reductionism, but also by the demand on the viewer to understand the designed emptiness as being filled

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