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Shigeo Anzaï, Min Tanaka, Dance Performance, Tokyo, 1984

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Shigeo Anzaï, Installation View, White Rainbow, 2016

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Shigeo Anzaï, Bruce McLean Performance at The Kitchen, New York, 1978

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Shigeo Anzaï, Klaus Rinke, Between Man and Matter, 10th Tokyo Biennale, 1970


Shigeo Anzaï
Jiro Takamatsu, Italian Cultural Institute of Tokyo. November 23, 1976
Resin-coated silver print
Courtesy the artist, Zeit-Foto, Tokyo and White Rainbow, London

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Shigeo Anzaï, Gordon Matta-Clark, 1975 Paris Biennial, Installation View.

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Shigeo Anzaï, Index II, White Rainbow, 2016, Installation View

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Shigeo Anzaï, Yayoi Kusama, Yokohama, 1986


Shigeo Anzaï
Christo, The 10th Tokyo Biennale '70 - Between Man and Matter, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. May 1970
Baryta-coated silver print
Courtesy the artist, Zeit-Foto, Tokyo and White Rainbow, London


Shigeo Anzaï
Lee U-Fan, Tamura Gallery, Tokyo. January 21, 1970
Resin-coated silver print
Courtesy the artist, Zeit-Foto, Tokyo and White Rainbow, London

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Shigeo Anzaï, Index II, White Rainbow, 2016, Installation View


Shigeo Anzaï
Richard Serra, The 20th Tokyo Biennale '70 - Between Man and Matter, Tokyo Metropolitn Art Museum, 1970
Resin-coated silver print
Courtesy the artist, Zeit-Foto, Tokyo and White Rainbow, London

Shigeo Anzaï

Shigeo Anzaï began his artistic practice as a painter and moved towards photography in the late 1960s. This led to a career documenting artists and their work, with over 3000 works shot both in Japan and internationally over the last four decades.

Shigeo Anzaï’s involvement with contemporary art began in the 1960s. After studying applied chemistry and obtaining a job at a research lab, Anzaï began teaching himself about contemporary art, producing paintings and exhibiting them at solo and group shows. He was thirty when he first picked up a camera and began the series of work he has since become known for.

Anzaï established himself as the foremost photographer of Mono-ha, which as a movement broadly explored the interdependency of natural and industrial materials, resulting in work that was often ephemeral. Many of these works survive today only through reconstructions or in Anzaï’s photographs. Anzaï’s work allows them to be seen within their original context. His images can be described as an index of recent Japanese art history, and where it encountered or was exposed to international movements.

Anzaï’s photographs are not just records of historical importance, but also serve as valuable documentation of the artists themselves, their performances and their work processes. His detailed recordings of the Japanese art scene led to a large-scale solo exhibition, Personal Photo Archives, held at the National Art Center, Tokyo in 2007. The growing international recognition of the Mono-ha movement has led to the widespread publication of his images.

In 1978 Anzaï received a fellowship allowing him to live in New York for a year. During this time he documented the American contemporary art scene; photographing performances in gallery space The Kitchen where he established relationships with Bill Viola, Laurie Anderson and other emerging artists of the time. After New York he would travel to document exhibitions such as Documenta in Kassel and the Biennale in Venice.

Notable exhibitions include: Recording on Contemporary Art by Shigeo Anzaï 1970–1999, The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2000); ANZAÏ : Personal Photo Archives 1970–2006, National Art Center, Tokyo (2007); Freeze Frame, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing (2010). Anzaï ’s work is held in the collections of: Tate Modern, London; M+, Hong Kong; The Kitchen, New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kanagawa; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The National Museum of Art, Osaka; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Shanghai Art Museum; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, amongst others.

Born in Atsugi, Japan, 1939
Lives and Works in Japan
Solo Exhibitions


Index II | Shigeo Anzaï, White Rainbow, London


Index I I Shigeo Anzaï, White Rainbow, London


Mono-Ha by Anzai, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

See Saw Gallery, Aichi, Japan


Gallery GEN, Tokyo


Freeze Frame − Shigeo Anzai Photo Exhibition, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing


Unforgettable Moments, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

The moments of Artists, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

by ANZAI, Tama Art University Museum and Arcade Gallery, Hachioji Campus
 Library, Tama Art University, Tokyo


ANZAÏ: Personal Photo Archives 1970-2006, The National Art Center, Tokyo


My homage to Nam June Paik, Gallery GEN, Tokyo

Another documents −Art Documents of SHIGEO ANZAÏ, Kanazawa Institute of Technology Library Center, Kanazawa, Japan


Shigeo Anzaï : Homage to Gordon Matta-Clark, Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka


Anzaï Shigeo −Photo Collage of The Gates of Hell, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of
 Art, Rodin Wing

, Shizuoka, Japan


ANZAI meets the window, Desperado, Tokyo

SHIGEO ANZAÏ Photo Exhibition NEW YORK 1979, Gallery GEN, Tokyo


The Witness / ANZAÏ, The Munkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow


Freeze- in Kansai, Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka

SHIGEO ANZAÏ Fotoausstellung, Goethe-Institut Kansai, Osaka

The Blue Sky of Magritte, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Utsunomiya, Japan

Recording on Contemporary Art by Shigeo Anzaï 1970-1999, The National Museum
 of Art, Osaka


Anzai Meditations: Commemorative photographic portraits of Australian artists and
 patrons, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney


The Sky of Belgium and The World of Magritte, Residence of Belgian Ambassador, Tokyo


Freeze lV No.29-40, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

Freeze V No.41-52, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

Münster Sculpture Project 1987, Goethe-Institut Kansai, Osaka

Münster Sculpture Project 1987, Studio Shokudo, Tokyo

Shigeo Anzaï photography exhibition: The Eyewitness of Contemporary Art, Base Gallery, Oita, Japan

Portraits of Artists, Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka


Freeze ll No.7-17, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

Freeze llI No.18~28, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

Artists from Benesse House, Benesse House Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum, Kagawa
, Japan


Shigeo Anzai: NiCAF / Yokohama, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago

Links – Six Artists – Part1, SHIGEO ANZAÏ Freeze, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

ANZAÏ- My Favorites Shots, Ginza Komatsu Amuser, Tokyo

Artists Portraits 1970-1994, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago


ANZAÏ Photo Collage − Early ’70, Gallery Takagi, Nagoya


ANZAÏ Homage to Isamu Noguchi – Photographs Collages Portfolio, Galerie Tokoro, Tokyo

1970 Photo Collages ANZAÏ, SOH Gallery, Tokyo


My Favorite Artists, Atelier Garo, Niigata, Japan

Anzaï: Rodin’s La Porte de L’Enfer, Galerie Tokoro, Tokyo


Isamu Noguchi in Venice by Shigeo Anzai, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo 


From The Scene of Contemporary Art, Gallery Kasahara, Osaka

Area Deux Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan


Recording on Contemporary Arts 1970-1984 Shigeo Anzai 1000 photographs,
 Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo


Recording on Contemporary Arts 1970-1982 Shigeo Anzai 200 photographs, Art Space Baku, Fukuoka, Japan

Recording on Contemporary Arts 1970-1982, Gallery Eureka, Sapporo, Japan


Zeit-Foto Salon,

Recording on Contemporary Arts 1970-1981, G Art Gallery, Tokyo


Amada Machine Tool Plaza Monument / Arnaldo Romodoro, Art Gallery Amada, Isehara


American Art Today, American Center, Tokyo

Witness, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo


Photo Installation on Japanese Art, MoMA PS1 (formally P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center), New York

Recording: Photographs by Shigeo Anzai, The Kitchen Center, New York


A Scene, Nirenoki Gallery, Tokyo


Information, AI Gallery, Tokyo

Information, Galerie 16+ One, Kyoto


Private Album, Galleria Photo Grafica, Tokyo


Gallery Tamura, Tokyo


Mudo Gallery, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions


Contacts: Twentieth Anniversary Special MOT Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo


The Fruits of Adventures, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

Sam Francis Catalogue Raisonné of Canvas and Panel Paintings. 1946-1994, Nantenshi gallery, Tokyo


Koganecho Bazzar −Art Project-, Yokohama, Japan


Japan Caught by Camera − Works from the Photographic Art in Japan, Shanghai Art

100 works of Sapporo Otani University, Sapporo Citizen Gallery, Japan

Uchu-Miezu, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan


Bye Bye, Nam June Paik, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art,

Public Art in Japan, Sapporo Art Park, Hokkaido (Travelled to Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo)

Machikado Museum 2006 Art @ Tsutizawa, Hanamaki, Japan

Masao Okabe − there was a movie called ‘Foundry Town (Kyupola no aru
 machi)’ set in Kawaguchi, Toki Art Space, Tokyo


Yoshishige Saito: Commemorating the centenary of his birth, NOVITA, Aomori

, Japan


ALL Friends: The photographers who met in 26 years in Zeit-Foto, Zeit-Foto Salon, Tokyo

NiCAF2003 TOKYO: The 8th Nippon International Contemporary Art Festival, Tokyo International Forum

The Track of an office worker’s collection: scenes of Postwar Japanese Art, Mitaka City Gallery of Art, Tokyo


VIVA! ITALIA − Masterworks from the Collection of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of
 Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum of Photography


Small Works, SOH Gallery, Tokyo

Takashi Kashihara Collection of Contemporary Art, Part2: Edition Works, Gallery
 COCO, Kyoto

Selection 2000, SOH Gallery, Tokyo


Ryokan. Now and There, Niigata-kan, Omotesando N’espace, Tokyo


Object d’Art, Gallery Hosokawa, Osaka

21st Anniversary Zeit-Foto, Art Space Shimoda, Tokyo

The Documents of the Galleries, Gallery Kawafune, Tokyo

Saganshi and Jigenshi, Museum Haus Kasuya, Kanagawa

, Japan


Coal mine tagawa 1997: Shigeo Anzaï + Leo van der Kleij −coal mine and art:
 documents-, Tagawa Museum of Art, Fukuoka


Shigeo Anzai – Artist’s Portraits 1970-1994, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago (Travelled to NiCAF, Yokohama, Japan)


Dialogue of Photography and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art Kanagawa & Hayama, Japan

Japanese Art of the 1960s-70s from the Museum Collection, Tokyo Metropolitan
 Art Museum


The Urban Environment and Art in Japan −My Home Sweet Home in Ruins, Setagaya
 Art Museum, Tokyo

Les Cahiers de Beychevelle No.2, Centre International d’Art Contemporain Chateau
 Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France


Kaneko Art Gl Document 1982-1989, Kaneko Art Gl, Tokyo

Kenjiro Okazaki – Shape of Time, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo


Face of the 20th Century by Distinguished Photographers, Yurakucho Asahi Gallery, Tokyo

East meets West in Los Angels; Japanese and Italian Art Today, ART/ LA ’88, Los
 Angeles Convention Center


Absolute Scene 1987, Sohwa FRU: X Gien on The Spot, Tokyo 


Contemporánea Japonesa Fotografia, Madrid (Travelled to Barcelona and Bilbao, Spain)


Paris-New York-Tokyo, Tsukuba Museum of Photography ’85, Japan

Artists’ Book: Japan, Franklin Furnace, New York and Fuji Television Gallery,


Trend of Contemporary Japanese Art lll 1970-1984 -Universality and Individuality-, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

PROOF: Ten Photographers on Performance, New Langston Arts, San Francisco (Travelled to University of Hartford, West Hartford, United States (1985))


Dimension and Situation: The 10th, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo


The exhibition commemorating the completion of Marcel Duchamp ‘The Large Glass (Tokyo Version)’, Komaba Museum, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo


Dimension and Situation: The 6th, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo

The Exhibition of Assemblage Photography, Tokyo Designers Space


Dimension and Situation: The 5th, Kinokuniya Gallery, Tokyo


The Open Air Contemporary Art Festival, Kodomo-no-Kuni, Yokohama

, Japan


Eight Artists, Tokiwa Gallery, Tokyo

International Young Artists Exhibition ASIA-JAPAN: The 5th, Seibu Department
 Store SS Hall, Tokyo

Kokugakai Exhibiton: The 43rd, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan: The 9th, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum


Kokugakai Exhibition: The 42nd, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan: The 8th, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Nippon Kamaitachi Exhibition, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Japan

Selected Exhibition of Contemporary Art: The 2nd, Shimane Art Museum

, Japan


MOB in the Twenties, Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo



Japan Arts Foundation Prize

Public Collections

Tate Modern, London

M+, Hong Kong

The Kitchen, New York

Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai

CAFA Art Museum, Beijing

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Shizuoka, Japan

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan

Oita City Art Museum, Oita, Japan

The Tokushima Modern Art Museum, Tokushima, Japan

Fukuyama Museum of Art, Japan

Komaba Museum, The University of Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo

Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

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