Press Release

Museion, Bolzano’ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, is pleased to announce its highly anticipated exhibition devoted to the renowned Japanese artist, Shimabuku (b. 1969, Kobe, Japan). The exhibition is the artist’ first museum solo show in Italy as well as his most extensive European survey to date.



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International Archives 1st half of 2023

Shimabuku, Me, We

MUSEION, Bolzano (Italy)

06.05 - 03.09.2023




Shimabuku’ cross-disciplinary art offers a subtle, curious, and humorous approach to the world. His works originate from a private moment of wonder, like an idea, a desired encounter, or a poem. Through his interaction with his surroundings, intimacy becomes public as the artist enacts his thoughts. Ultimately, his photographic, filmic, and sculptural memories of these encounters act as a public declaration in the exhibition space. Hence, Shimabuku successfully captures the affinity between animals, landscapes, histories, ideas, and people as he unfolds unexpected and fleeting moments of sharing and mirroring.

This exhibition, titled Shimabuku: Me, We, draws inspiration from a saying by the world-famous boxer and activist Muhammad Ali, which is often considered to be the shortest poem in the world and a relationship in itself.

The exhibition will cover two floors of the Museion building and will showcase a variety of artworks dating from the early ’0s up until today, as well as pieces produced especially for this context. The third floor will display a retrospective “low of episodes,”without a linear chronology, while the fourth floor will feature a thematic combination between existing and new productions. Central to this selection is the pairing of different entities, such as objects, animals, fruit, histories, and global geographies. Shimabuku’ aesthetic vision blurs the lines between these subjects, creating a sense of mutual magnification. In Shimabuku’ realm, there is no polarity between inside and outside; instead, he seeks to explore the interactions between the two.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is Me, We (2023), a large sculptural installation produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, and Ex-Montecatini (ex-Solland Silicon), Merano and created from building materials taken from the Mauracherhof and Ex-Montecatini (ex-Solland Silicon). In this installation, two buildings with very different cultural backgrounds, both of which are currently being demolished or structurally renovated, are joined together by the artist. The Mauracherhof was built in 1278, while the Ex-Montecatini (ex-Solland Silicon) dates back to the period of Italianization in the 1920s. Just like Me, We (2023) the artist gives these different histories a common meaning and a future life as a work of art.

Another new artwork displayed in the exhibition is Bed Peace (2023), a sculpture of a bed with two figures lying next to each other, made from the soil of different South Tyrolean valleys.

Exclusively for this exhibition, the artist has also developed, together with Mutina, a special art edition piece. This edition is part of the Mutina for Art project, organized by this well-known company specialized in high-end designer ceramics, to support contemporary artists. The exhibition is also a direct result of Mutina’ This is Not a Prize award that was won by Shimabuku in 2019 due to the unique character of his artistic language and his multi-faceted and generous imagination. Since then, Mutina has built a close relationship with Museion to support Shimabuku and his exhibition as its main sponsor.

Curated by Bart van der Heide.

Exhibition 06 May -03 September 2023. MUSEION—useum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano-Bozen, Piazza Piero Siena, 1 - 39100 Bolzano (Italy).






Shimabuku, Me, We, Museion, Bolzano, Italy

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Shimabuku, Kaki and Tomato, 2008. C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Romainville.

Shimabuku, Kaki and Tomato, 2008. C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Air de Paris, Romainville.