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Kyutai, Number Nine

Fumio Tachibana

Fumio Tachibana has been creating artworks based on books and writing, letters and characters, paper, and more. Born into a household that ran a book binding business, Tachibana is well-known for producing works using old paper and printed materials. Along with his activities as an artist within Japan an overseas, he himself became the publisher for a visual magazine, “Kyutai”, which focuses on design. This irregularly released publication has gathered positive reveiws.

For the Tokyo Biennale, the newest issue “Kyutai, Number Nine” will draw from “media” itself as an expressive form.

(As of March 2020)

1: “Kyutai Extra” 2014
2: “Kyutai 8” 2019
3: “Shotai shape of my shadow” 2018


Fumio Tachibana (Artist)

Born 1968 in Hiroshima. Tachibana has worked with letter, paper, and books as materials and themes to his works, and in 1995 he presented his solo exhibition “MADE IN U.S.A.” at SAGACHO EXHIBIT SPACE (Tokyo), from where he went on to show “Design/Fumio Tachibana” at ginza graphic gallery (Tokyo) and other exhibitions across Japan and overseas. In 2007, he founded the magazine “Kyutai” (translation: “Sphere”), which he edits and designs independently. Currently, the magazine has been published up to volume 8. He has produced numerous artist books including “Clara yosai kenkyusho” (translation: “Clara Dressmaking Lab”) (2000), “Katakoto” (translation: “Broken Language”)(2014), and “shape of my shadow” (2018). Written works include “Katachi no Mikata” (Seibundo-shinkosha), in addition to catalogs such as “Leaves” (Seibundo-shinkosha). Tachibana currently resides in Tokyo.

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