Fluid – Haruka Hirai exhibition


Haruka Hirai exhibition

20th May – 20th June 2021

Time & Style Amsterdam

The medium becomes subject and the subject becomes medium. All climate presupposes this constant topological inversion, this oscillation that undoes the border between subject and environment, a role-reversing oscillation. Mixture is not simply the composition of elements but this precise relationship of topological exchange. Mixture is what defines the state of fluidity. […] The structure of universal circulation is fluid, the place where everything comes into contact with everything else and comes to mix with it without losing its form and its own substance.

   EMANUELE COCCIA (2019). The Life of Plants

In my paintings, these elements of the thoughts and bodies, ideas and matter, oblivion and phenomena, blind spots and visual perception, and pages and space are not in a relationship of contiguity but in a mutual compenetration. Like the atmosphere (=fluid) that surrounds plants, the whole environment in which the painting is placed can merge with the painting itself, and the painting creates the space (=fluid).


1985  Born in Aichi, Japan

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


2014-2016 the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2010  MFA, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo 

2008  BFA, Aichi University of the Arts, Aichi

[Solo exhibitions]

2018  Part2:Bookmark, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin

           Part1:Superimpose, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin

           Pagination, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe

2013  Gallery Anri, Aichi

2011  Close in Pages, Gallery Anri, Aichi

           Paper on Paper, florlist_gallery N, Aichi 

[Group exhibitions]

2019   fun with flowers, Orgelfabrik Durlach, Karlsruhe

           Chronicle, Projektraum (Kunstquartier Bethanien), Berlin

2018  13+13 warten wechseln warten wechseln, EP contemporary, Berlin

2016  Mädchen 62, Villa Kolb, Karlsruhe

           Sommer Exhibition 2016,  the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe

2015  Inner History, iGallery, Tokyo

           JDJHH, Mucharaum (the State Academy of Fine Arts), Karlsruhe

2014  Mother and Father, TALION GALLERY, Tokyo

2013  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2013 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi 

2012  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2012 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi

          DAIGAKU-KAIGA, Akibatamabi 21, Tokyo

          The 11th Gunma Biennale for Young Artists, The Museum of Modern Art Gunma, Gunma 

          N-TEN (Exhibition N), Art Space X, Aichi Art Center, Aichi

          SCENE 2, TIME & STYLE MIDTOWN, Tokyo

2011  KAIGA-NO-HADO 2011 -Part2-, Art Gallery in Mitsukoshi LTD, Aichi 

          Outline 2, KAGIYA Buiding, Shizuoka / florlist_gallery N, Aichi

2010  Kiryu Saien 16, Bakery Cafe RENGA in the Former Kanaya Residence, Gunma 

         Art Award Tokyo Morunouchi 2010, Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery, Tokyo

2009  International Workshop of Contemporary Art “Contemporary Drawing Exhibition -Views-“,

          Chinretsukan Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

          YUKASHITA Electric, GENDAI-HEIGHTS Gallery Den, Tokyo

          7 LAB., University Hall 2F Gallery, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo

2007 The 5th Haruhi Painting Biennale, Kiyosu City Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi 

[Award and Grants]

2017  Overseas Study Program for Artists, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japanese Government

2014  DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship

2009  HOLBEIN Scholarship, HOLBEIN Works, Ltd., Japan 

2007  Incentive prize, The 5th Haruhi Painting Biennale

[The Others]

2015  Jens 15AW “LAYERING BLUE”

2014  Jens 15SS “LAYERING BLUE”

Haruka Hirai official site