Koganezawa : surrealist mood

Takehito Koganezawa was born in 1974 in Tokyo and has been living in Berlin since 1999.

Takehito Koganezawa has been selected to show at distinguished group shows and video festivals throughout Europe and Asia since 1997.

His work can also be seen at Manifesta 4, the fourth edition of a European biennial in Frankfurt, Germany in 2002. He is represented by (Gallery) Wohnmaschine in Berlin.

   Artistic Approach

Koganezawa Takehito, On the way to the peak of normal (with Brandon LaBelle), 2002
Video-sound installation
The artist works primarily with video and drawing, referring to video as his "brainwork", and to drawing as his "musclework".

Koganezawa's videos often originate from live performances and include the artist as an actor/participant. His drawings are simple coloured pencil lines on large white paper backgrounds.

Converging recognizable objects with abstract fragments, his drawings invoke a surrealist mood. And though surrealist, the artist maintains a light, humorous edge throughout all of his work.

   Project for the Biennale

Koganezawa Takehito, On the way
to the peak of normal (with Brandon LaBelle)
, 2002
Video-sound installation
by Takehito Koganezawa

"My work is about the hole. Like the hole of a donut becomes visible because of the donut, in my work I create the donut to get closer to the hole.

Making Art is not a safety net of my life, not a blanket for sleeping. It is a mirror for seeing myself, even I'm ugly.

For me art works are like the human body, they consist of bones and muscles. I see the bones as representing the concept while the muscles represent the formal aspects of the world.

Normally the art work is a play between both. I am interested in working to develop the muscles to create a sort of monster without a skeleton.

There is the chance that in the end it will become grotesque, but that is the chance that I will take."

   Works Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

Koganezawa Takehito, On the Way to the Peak of Normal (with Brandon Labelle), 2002

1. Koganezawa Takehito, On the Way to the Peak of Normal (with Brandon Labelle), 2002
video-sound installation
99 audio and video tracks every 15 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Wohnmaschine, Berlin
   Solo Exhibitions (selection)
  • Trespassing Space, performance, Kunstverein, Portikus et Frankensteiner Hof, Germany


  • Some Island, Project Rooms, ARCO Madrid, Spain
  • Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany
  • Newmen, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany


  • Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, USA
  •    Group Exhibitions (selection)
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal (Québec), Canada
  • Drawing on Space, F.A. Projects, Londres, United Kingdom
  • Manifesta 4, a European biennial of contemporary art, Frankfort/Main, Germany
  • Lines Moving, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany
  • Translated Acts, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico, Mexico
  • Performances in the Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Contaminados, Museo des Artes & Disenao Contemporaneo, Costa Rica


  • 1site 2places, Kunstverein Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany
  • A little bit of History Repeated, Live-Performance, Kunstwerke, Berlin, Germany
  • Audible, Imagery, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
  • Styx-Projektionen, Europäische Akademie für Bildende Kunst, Trier, Germany
  • Translated Acts, Queens Museum, New York, USA
  • Videofestival, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
  • Berlin-London, ICA, Londres, United Kingdom
  • Secreciones, Galeria Jacob Karpio, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Translated Acts, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
  • City Vision: City Clips, Internationales Filmfest, Rotterdam, Holland


  • Kibou No Hikari, Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo, Japan
  • Electric Dreams, billbord Leicester Square, Londres, United Kingdom
  • media_city seoul 2000, Séoul, South Korea
  • Art Ponton 02, Hambourg, Germany
  • Japan Medium Light, Montevideo, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Interim 2000 - Art, Time and the Discovery of Slowness, Schloss Plüschow, Germany
  • Continental Shift, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
  • Wohnmaschine, avec Eric Hattan et Beatrice Wrobel, Wohnmaschine, Berlin, Germany
  •    Koganezawa Takehito on the Web
  •  Wohnmaschine


      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

         & Rintala


      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)

      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)

      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere


      Michel Iorio


      Cees Krijnen



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