SAITO Yoshishige 斎藤義重

Yoshishige Saito is an internationally renowned artist and pioneer of the avant garde movement in Japan.
He drew abstract paintings and creating chipboard relief works under the strong influence of Russian constructivism and dada.

Title : WORK
1963 oil on plywood
Size : 18.9cm×25cm

1904
Born in Tokyo.

1933
He joined the Avant-Garde Western Painting Research Institute, founded by Harue Koga , Seiji Togo and others.

1938
He founded Ninth Room Association with Jiro Yoshihara and others.

1939
He founded the Art-Culture Association with Ichiro Fukuzawa and other Surrealist artists.

1957
He won Mr.K’s Prize for “Demon” at the 4th International Art Exhibition, Japan.

1960
He won First Prize for “Work R” at the 4th Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Art and Honorable Mention at the 3rd Guggenheim International Award Exhibition.

1961
He won International Painting Prize at the 6th Sao Paulo Biennial.

1964
He served as a professor at Tama Art University in Tokyo.

1978
He held solo exhibition “Saito Yoshishige Exhibition” in National Museum of Modern Art , Tokyo.

1984
He held solo exhibition“Saito Yoshishige Exhibition” in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Modern Art, Hyogo, Ohara Museum of Art, and Fukui Prefectural Museum of Art .

1994
He held solo exhibition “Yoshishige Saito –Time・Space, Wood”, Yokohama Museum of Art and Tokushima Modern Art Museum.

1999
He held solo exhibition  “Saito Ghiju Exhibition”, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura.
2001
He died at the age of 97.

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