Rinko Kawauchi
The river embraced me

 Exhibition Information

Term :
From 23rd January to 27th March 2016
Closed :

Museum hours :
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Exhibition Admission :
Adults: 1000yen (800yen)
People over 65 years: 800yen (600yen)
University / High School Students: 500yen (400yen)
Junior High School Students or under: Free
*Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people. The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped.

Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum,Kumamoto

Organized by :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto(Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Cultural Promotion Foundation), Kumamoto Nichinichi Press,TKU
Sponsored by:
Cooperated by:
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bijutsuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto International Convention and Tourism Bureau, J:COM Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto, FM791
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
2-3, Kamitori-cho, Chuou-ku, Kumamoto city
860-0845 Japan
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto is pleased to present the exhibition "Rinko Kawauchi The river embraced me."
As a remarkable contemporary artist, Rinko Kawauchi has received increased recognition from Europe, North and South America, and she has a presence in Japan and overseas. This exhibition will show you from her early works that won the 27th Kimura Ihei photography award to her brand-new works, you may know that she is one of the important pioneers of the new age of photography. And this is the first big solo exhibition in Kumamoto, and Kyusyu.
Kawauchi had broken new ground in the field of her art with "Ametsuchi" that covers field burning in Aso, Kumamoto. Next her challenge in Kumamoto is appealing as the brand-new works "The river embraced me" that is her first collaboration works with the people whose unforgettable memories have been belong to Kumamoto.
Kawauchi has mark the sense of "Live Now" through her works, and this exhibition will show you that her art is rich in potential.


Cui Cui 2005
Chromogenic print, 1016x1016mm

Illuminance 2007
Chromogenic print, 1016x1016mm
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Ametsuchi 2012
Chromogenic print, 1480x1850mm
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

The river embraced me 2016

All of ©Rinko Kawauchi


Rinko Kawauchi 1972 born in Shiga, Japan
1993 Graduated with an A.A. from Seian Women's College
(Seian University of Art and Design)
Lives and works in Tokyo

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Let's sing a song our bodies know, Gucci Shinjuku, Tokyo
Illuminance, Kunst Haus Wien, Wien
2014 Ametsuchi, Main Gallery Lesley University College of Art and Design, Cambridge
New Pictures 9: Rinko Kawauchi, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
2013 Ametsuchi, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Koln
Ametsuchi, Aperture Gallery, New York
Light and Shadow, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts msc Gallery, Kyoto
Ametsuchi, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica
Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
2012 Rinko Kawauchi, Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
2011 A Glimmer in Silence, FO.KU.S Foto Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck
Illuminance, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
Illuminance, Gallery at Hermés, New York
murmuration, Rose Gallery, California
2010 A Glimmer in Silence, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Koln
Iridescence, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss-Photography, Video and Slides 2001-2009, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels
2008 Cui Cui, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka
Semear, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo
2007 Semear, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo
2006 AILA + the eyes, the ears,, Fotografik Center Copenhagen / House of Photography, Stokholm, / Hasselblad Centre Göteborg
Rinko Kawauchi, The Photographers' Gallery, London
2005 AILA, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui
AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears,, Fondation Cartier pour l 'Art Contemporain, Paris / Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
2004 AILA, Little More Gallery, Tokyo
2001 UTATANE, Parco Museum, Tokyo
1998 UTATANE, Guardian Garden, Tokyo


2013 63rd New Face Award in the Art Encouragement Prizes
2009 ICP 25th Annual Infinity Award, Art Category
2002 27th Kimura Ihei Photography Award
Photographic Society of Japan Rookie of the Year Award
1997 Grand Prix Prize, Gardian Garden's 9th Hitotsubo Award

Related Program

Rinko Kawauchi Artist Talk
Date and Time: January 23 (sat) 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture College
Speaker: Haruko Tomisawa (Curator of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto)
Date and Time: February 21 (sun) 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Gallery Tour
Gallery tour for the exhibition guided by the curator.
Date and Time: January 24, 31.
February 7, 14, 28.
March 6, 27.
each 15:00-15:30
Admission: Exhibition ticket

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
This is a tour for enjoying the exhibition with family or friends. We also show you convenient facilities for future mothes such as the nursing room or play space for children.
This offer is children aged 0-6 years accompanied by adults. Capacity is 7 groups
Date and Time: February 6(sat) 11:00-
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Free(Exhibition tickets for adults are needed)
*Bookings Required

Daily events in CAMK

Monday Movies
We show various films every Monday in our museum theater.
Date and Time: Twice on every Monday, 14:00-, 18:00-
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free (90 sheets only)