HIRO GALLERY / Chimei Hamada Shoko Imano Cecco Bonanotte Ugo Cortesi
2011.9.8 - 9.11

We participated in VARIA NAGOYA ART FAIR 2011.
Thank you very much for coming.

Shoko Imano “Invitation Card”
oil on canbas / 32.2×41.2㎝ / 2010

Term: September 8th-11th, 2011
Hours open: 10:00-19:30 (11th 10:00-18:00)
Venue: Matsuzakaya Hall, Matsuzakaya NAGOYA 3-16-1, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi

Official Website:http://interior-art.weblogs.jp/

Stamp rally “Power of Art”
HIRO GALLERY / Ugo Cortesi

A stamp rally “Power of Art” was held with 16 galleries in Ginza from july 29 to 31.

The Great Disaster in Eastern Japan was an unprecedented event which has affected many people of Japan in one way or the other. This charity event was aimed to support the restoration of Japan in the long term, by revitalizing the economy of the art market. Some goods were presented according to the number of the stamps you could collect in each gallery. For details, please look at the “Power of Art” Official Website.

HIRO GALLERY held “Ugo Cortesi Exhibition.”
11 works in vivid colors of tempera on matchbox were shown.Thank you very much for coming.

piccolo falso espanso di MIRO
tempera, match box / 50×50cm / 1999

Ugo Cortesi [ HIRO GALLERY Website ]

Charity Stamp Rally “Power of Art”

Term: July 29 [Fri] to 31 [Sun], 2011
Hours open: 11:00 - 17:00
Venue: 16 galleries in Ginza

Daisuke Samejima, Ugo Cortesi, Others
2011.7.8 - 7.10

ART OSAKA 2011, an annual hotel art fair in Osaka, was held from July 8 [fri] to 10 [sun] 2011.
HIRO GALLERY showed the works by Daisuke Samejima, Ugo Cortesi, and other artists.
The venue has changed to Hotel Granvia Osaka this year.
Thank you very much for coming.


Daisuke Samejima "house"
31.8×41.0cm / oil on canvas / 2010

Duration: July 8 (Fri) - 10 (Sun), 2011
     <Preview> July 8 (Fri), 2011 2:00pm - 8:30pm
            ※Only for VIP, Invited guests and the press
     <Open to the Public> July 9 (Sat) - 10 (Sun), 2011  11:30am - 7:00pm
            ※Admission closes 30min prior to the fair closing.
Venue: Hotel Granvia Osaka 26th Floor
     3-1-1 Umeda Kita-ku Osaka 5300001 JAPAN
     T :+81(0)6 6344 1235 U: www.granvia-osaka.jp/

     HIRO GALLERY Booth No.: 6298

Reception: Hotel Granvia Osaka 26th Floor
Admission: ¥1,000. / 1 DAY PASS
       ※Please purchase tickets at the reception desk on the 26th floor, Hotel Granvia Osaka.

The 19th Izukogen Art Festival

HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN held an exhibition, “Il mondo di CECCO BONANOTTE,” in the 19th Izukogen Art Festival from May 1st [Sun.] to 31st [Tue.], 2011.

Izukogen Art Festival marks its 19th anniversary this year. In its memorial 1st exhibition, HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN introduced CECCO BONANOTTE, who led modern Italian sculpture. Over 19 years after that, BONANOTTE created many historical works including the bronze portal for the Vatican Museum and for Musee du Luxembourg in Paris, the Urns to cast ballots for the election of new Pontiff for Conclave held in 2005 and so on.


Man, Nature
bronze / 200×300×300cm / 2000 / Apostolic Nunciature, Berlin

With the related documents of his activities, we retrospected the achievements and works he made over the 19 years thoroughly. Thank you very much for coming.

The 19th Izukogen Art Festival

Address: Yawatano 1081, Ito City, Shizuoka, 413-0232, Japan Map ※8-minute walk from Izukogen Station
TEL: +81-557-54-4581
Term: May 1[Sun.] - 31[Tue.], 2011 ※Closed on Wednesday ( except May 4 )
Hours Open: 10:00 - 17:00

Xmas Art Festa 2010
HIRO GALLERY / Cecco Bonanotte
Dec. 10 [Fri.] - 18 [Sat.]

From December 10 [Fri.] to 18 [Sat.], Xmas Art Festa was held with 43 galleries around Ginza district.

Xmas Art Festa / Official Website

HIRO GALLERY held a one-man show of Cecco Bonanotte, an Italian sculptor.


In this exhibition, new drawings and plaster reliefs were mainly exhibited. The new plaster reliefs were shown to the public for the first time. Thank you very much for coming.


La Madonna col Bambino / 35.5×35.5cm / gesso / 2010

Cecco Bonanotte / Webpage of HIRO GALLERY

Term: 12.10(Fri.) - 12.18(Sat.) 10:00-18:30
Saturday 10:00-18:00
closed on Sundays

+PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair
Chimei Hamada
2010.11.19 - 11.21

“+PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair” was held at the Tobi Art Forum (3rd and 4th floors in Tokyo Art Club Bldg.) from November 19th [Fri.] to 21st [Sun.]

+PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair

From HIRO GALLERY, The works by Chimei Hamada were exhibited, whose large exhibition was held at the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama from this July to September.

"The World of HAMADA Chimei - Elegy and Humor in Prints and Sculptures - " at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama

Chimei Hamada is one of the leading print maker and sculptor in Japan, and keeps making art works vigorously although he is 92 years old now. His works were exhibited at the Ⅳ Mostra Internazionale di Bianco e Nero 1956-Lugano. Elegy for a New Conscript: Sentinel received the second prize. And in 1979, Albertina National Museum of Art, Vienna, Austria organized Chimei Hamada Exhibition where self-nominated 100 copper prints were displayed. In 2008, his works were placed at Uffizi Gallery in Florence and became the first Japanese Artist whose works were placed there. Uffizi Gallery organized Chimei Hamada exhibition which is the first Japanese artist’s one-man show. His achievements are highly praised worldwide.

Uffizi Museum | View of the Exhibition

Chimei Hamada’s art works are mainly divided into two categories. One category is war-related. He accuses harsh reality he experienced in his 20’s solder life. Another one is the works that satirizes the absurdity and ugliness in our daily life humorously.

Ghost Brought Back to Life
etching, aquatint / 30.8×21.6cm / 1956

Half of it being sunk, a battleship emerges under the sea. Its cannon barrel is tangled by seashells and garbage and it leans miserably. The sail of the ship became a military man from the middle of it, seashells are attaching to the breast instead of the medals, and his skull is barely shown. However, he sticks out his chest, the left eye looks strongly into the void and there is a large beard on his poor looking head. Although both the military man and battleship have already been nonliving, as if not being aware of the fact, they overawed the surroundings. It’s a sad but silly scene, and in the same time, we can sense a kind of frightfulness.

Man Examining a "Masterpiece?"
bronze / 29.5×29.0×13.0cm / 2000

From 1980’s, Chimei Hamada has also started making sculptures. It is a work that a man who has empty head, wearing a stethoscope, “examines” also an empty painting. It caricatures the tendency in the art scene. When looking art works, not trying to look at the works as they are, some people “examine” them. “Is painting so uninteresting and difficult?” As if we can hear the artist’s question.


Thank you very much for coming.

+PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair

Term: November 19 [Fri.] 16:00~20:00
      20 [Sat.] 11:00~20:00
      21 [Sun.] 11:00~17:00

Venue: Tobi Art Forum (3rd and 4th floors in Tokyo Art Club Bldg.)
6-19-15 Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004, Japan Map

+PLUS Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair

Shoko Imano
2010.7.9 - 7.10

ART OSAKA 2010 was held from July 9th [Fri] to 11th [Sun] in Dojima Hotel, Osaka.

This year, HIRO GALLERY presented Shoko Imano's works in a one-man show style.

Gift Box / oil on canvas / 97.5 × 130.5 cm / 2010

Shoko Imano's works entertain us by its translucent colors and unique composition.

The hotel rooms full of natural light brought out his delicate and refreshing works.

Gift Box

Shoko Imano’s works have a wondrous, encompassing ambience as if they soften the whole place that surrounds them.

His works are well suited to the hotel rooms filled with gentle lightings and natural light.

Some of the attendance, after looking at other rooms, said “The number of the works in this room is not too much and I feel relieved.”


We exhibited some works using water as an installation in this fair. The oil painting immersed in the bathtub got a lot of attention by audience and they gave various reactions.

The horizontal line drawn on the oil painting titled “Bathtub,” is waste product from our bodies and symbol of everyday life. It is locked in a painting, an unreal world, then it is immersed in the real bathtub again. A complicated art world emerges.

Shoko Imano shows us his original humor on solid foundation. This time, he suggested a possibility of new expressions again.

Thank you very much for coming.


Venue:    DOJIMA HOTEL, OSAKA / HIRO GALLERY / Room No. 1016 (10th Floor)
Term:      [Preview] July 9th [Fri.] 14:00 - 20:00
         [Open to the Public] July 10th [Sat.] - 11th [Sun.] 12:00 - 19:00

ART OSAKA Official Website

The 18th Izukogen Art Festival
Yasuhiko Kida Woodcut print Exhibition

Izukogen Art Festival, which is held in May of each year, marks its 18th anniversary this year.

This time, HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN holds a woodcut print exhibition of Yasuhiko Kida, whose exhibition was also held at Shiodome Museum of Panasonic Electric Works, Ltd. recently.

Famous sceneries and temples in archetypal image of Japan are vividly expressed in his works from an adventurous point of view and color.

His works are widely known for the package illustrations of a well-known bath agent series, “Tabinoyado.”

Hachijuhachiya (88th day of spring) / 28 × 23 cm / woodcut, two-color / 1987

From the works by Yasuhiko Kida, 22 woodcut prints of the scenes of spa towns throughout Japan are exhibited.

We hope you will come enjoy the exhibition.

22 woodprints of spa throughout Japan
“Yasuhiko Kida Woodcut prints Exhibition”

    1081 Yawatano Ito City Shizuoka, 413-0232 / TEL: 0557-54-4581
    8-minute walk from Izukogen Station  Map

Term: May 1 - 31 / 10:00 - 17:00 / Closed on Wednesday ( except May 5 )

Wine for the opening reception
Web Page of the wine seller

Shoko Imano
2010.4.2 - 4.4

ART FAIR TOKYO 2010 was held at Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho, Tokyo.

This time, HIRO GALLERY introduced the new works by Shoko Imano in a one-man show style.

Made up of layers of delicate colors, Shoko Imano’s works always give us comfort as if we are surrounded by light.

And we can enjoy the composition from his unique point of view.

Makeup / oil on canvas / 45.5 × 53.0 cm / 2010

Gift Box / oil on canvas / 97.5 × 130.5 cm / 2010

The motif of this exhibition is wedding. We welcomed visitors with various works about wedding from small to large.

The woman’s skin seen through the wedding dress has faint, sheer and mild ambience.

Veil / oil on canvas / 45.7 × 45.7 cm / 2010

The artist Shoko Imano sets his theme as “border,” and consistently pursues the expression of it for a long time. This time, the central theme is presented in the forms of Veil which blocks out visitors’ eyes, Invitation Card that divides the usual days and the opposite. The touch of the paintings is left soft and ambiguous. So it reminds us of the fact that the “border” is not only a rigid line that divides something, but also a medium that connect each other.

Thank you very much for coming.

Details of Shoko Imano


Venue : Tokyo International Forum B2
Date : April 2 [Fri.] 11:00 - 21:00 / 3 [Sat.] 11:00 - 20:00 / 4 [Sun.] 10:30 - 17:00


An Aloof Artist
Osuke Shimazaki Exhibition
Persistence and Liberation on the Sepia
2010.2.22 - 3.13

An exhibition of Osuke Shimazaki, an aloof painter, was held at HIRO GALLERY from Feb. 22nd [Mon.] to Mar. 13th [Sat.] 2010.

Altona in Hamburg
oil on canvas / 65.2×53.0cm / 1970

Osuke Shimazaki was born in 1908 as the third son of Toson Shimazaki, a great literary figure. But when he was 2 years old his mother died and he was separated from Toson. Then he was brought up by his relatives in Kiso-Fukushima, Nagano prefecture. He went back to Toson when he was 13 years old, and began to go to the Kawabata Art School with his brother, Keiji. But the two went through totally opposite paths in their lives. The elder brother Keiji studied abroad in France, then debuted at the art world from his early days and became a popular artist. On the contrary, the younger brother Osuke was devoted to the proletarian art movement of the avant-garde art movement, then went to Germany, and immersed himself in the art movement related to Bauhaus with Koreya Senda and others. He drew the battlefield in China during the war, and compiled the complete collection of Toson Shimazaki after the war. That is why his achievements as a painter had not been made public until 1970.

After the compilation of the complete collection of Toson in 1970, he visited Germany again and painted about 30 pieces of sepia paintings. He made a persistent study of art on his “Note,” the notebooks that reached 164 volumes from 1951 to the end of his life. This sepia expression can be said the culmination of his career as a painter.

Osuke called the sepia “the color of solitude.” Throughout his life, he continually faced something that cannot be ignored such as family, society and art. The sepia is the color he chose to represent his own expression. Osuke’s art theory, spirit and life that should be called his self-portrait are put together on the surface only depicted by “light and darkness” of sepia. On his paintings, we can find tenderness in cruelty and hope in darkness.

In this exhibition, 7 pieces of precious oil paintings from the 30 works made in Germany and 2 drawings were on display.

Term: 2010.2.22[Mon.] - 3.13[Sat.] Closed on Sundays
Time: 10:00 - 19:00

(Cooperated by Okawa Museum of Art)

To the special website

Shoko IMANO Exhibition
2009.10.13 - 10.28

Shoko Imano’s new works one-man show was held at HIRO GALLERY.

Finishing the stay in Rome at the Coming Artists Overseas Study Program of Cultural Affairs Agency, it was the first one-man show after the return to Japan.

HIDE-SEEK / oil on canvas / 32.0×41.0cm / 2009

The title of this exhibition, “HIDE-SEEK,” symbolizes the various borders that generate when we communicate with each other.

HIDE-SEEK / oil on canvas / 33.4×33.4cm / 2009

The motifs drawn on the new works such as ears, armpits and eyes are covered somehow so everything isn’t appeared to audiences.

Through the expression of otherness that a human body has, which he became aware of clearly in the life of a foreign country, he focuses on human relationships and its borders.

HIDE-SEEK / oil on canvas / 38.0×45.5cm / 2009

Term: 2009.10.13[Tue] - 10.28[Wed] Closed on Sundays
Time: 10:00 - 19:00

Shoko Imano
2009.8.21 - 8.23

ART OSAKA 2009, a hotel art fair that we exhibit every year, was held at DIJIMA HOTEL in Osaka.

This year, we released 8 new works by Shoko Imano, staying in Rome at the Coming Artists Overseas Study Program of Cultural Affairs Agency.

HIDE-SEEK / oil on canvas / 33.4 x 33.4cm / 2009

Imano’s works give us the ambience as if we are surrounded by gentle air. We wanted audiences to experience the atmosphere in a hotel room, which has similarity to our home, so we made this exhibition in a one-man show style.

The hotel room that had white walls with natural light matched the works by Imano, which have delicate shade of color.

Aug, 21st.(FRI) Preview
22nd.(SAT) 23rd.(SUN) Open to the public
Venue: DOJIMA HOTEL, Osaka HIRO GALLERY, room no. 916
ART OSAKA OFFICIAL HP URL http://www.artosaka.jp

Cecco Bonanotte
Exhibition of New bronze reliefs and drawings
2009.3.3 - 3.31

Known for making the big bronze portals for the Vatican Museums and The Luxembourg Museum in Paris, an Italian sculptor Cecco Bonanotte held a new works exhibition in HIRO GALLERY.

In the exhibition, 3 bronze reliefs 90 centimeters square, the drawing 6.3 meters wide composed by 7 sequential drawings, and 4 drawings 70 centimeters square were exhibited. All works were made in a new way of expression.

Abstract titles are always given the works by Bonanotte. That is because he understands life as theater so expresses hope and expectation of characters in various balances. Thorough his works, he hopes the viewers feel themselves as the main characters and place themselves in the characters’ positions.

The drawing 6.3 meters wide in the exhibition are composed by 7 pieces of drawing titled Sequence ?Sequenza-. This title means the sequence of human history from the past to the future. Various dramas in the course of sequence are expressed in the sequential works, in a subtle and poetic way.

Daisuke Samejima
- round and round -
2008.12.8 - 12.20

We held an exhibition of Daisuke Samejima, an artist known for the balls that he draws landscapes on. He pursues the reemergence of space and time on them.

The exhibition was titled - round and round -

8 new works of landscapes drawn on the play equipments of horse were exhibited.

All motifs drawn on the horses were parks and squares. This is because play equipments are usually placed there. For a long time, play equipments have been loved and familiar with many people.

Synchronizing the passage of time and memory with the present landscapes, these fantastic works make it possible to feel time and space travel, reproducibility of 360-degree space.

The play equipments of horse have very cute shapes. Landscapes being depicted on the cute horses, it seems that the horses are put on the clothes of the landscapes.

2008.7.19 - 8.10

PAVEL TRNKA EXHIBITION, which was held from July 19 to August 10 in 2008, was a success so that a lot of people including the Czech Republic Ambassador and the mayor of Ito City attended.

HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN is a Japanese style building, designed by the late Yoshiteru Uesato of Seisetsusha in Kyoto. We integrated this building with the works minimally expressed by a Czech grass artist, Pavel Trnka, and exhibited them.

In nature surrounded Izukogen, Pavel Trnka’s grass artworks showed its true beauty in the natural light. “Chakra,” the theme of the works, represents the energy of nature so the exhibition made the most of its surroundings than the one in HIRO GALLERY GINZA in 2005.

Thank you very much for coming.

Bridge Art Fair New York 2008
2008.3.27 - 3.30

We exhibited Shoko Imano’s works in a one-man show style in Bridge Art Fair New York 2008 from March 27 to March 30, 2008.

Mainly big pieces being exhibited, that was Shoko Imano’s first presentation in the US. His characteristic humor, color and subtlety impressed the audiences in the US, so it was a quite success.

Many attendances praised our display as the most appealing one. We were very happy hearing that and it was worth to come all the way to the US and introduce his works.

Love Handle / oil on canvas / 145.5×145.5cm / 2007

It was pretty fun to watch the people who couldn’t help laughing or reflected on themselves looking at Love Handle.

We hope that the people in the US were able to get the concept of the artist, “border,” which is the ambiguous border Imano pursues in his works.

* Poetry by the artist

Ichiro Sato Exhibition “The Iron World”
The 15th Izukogen Art Festival
2007.5.1 - 5.31

New portal of HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN by Ichiro SATO

We held Ichiro Sato’s exhibition titled “The Iron World” from May 1st to 31st in HIRO GALLERY IZUKOGEN. It is one of displays in the 15th Izukogen Art Festival.

Koichi Tanigawa and Chiizuru Miyasako, the artists who had lived in Izukogen for years, wanted to make Izukogen a cultural city so established this event. This festival marked 15th anniversaries in 2007. From the beginning, there was a concrete concept, “Not to spoil the sight and nature.” As a result, there is no gross advertisement, so the attendance is supposed to walk around freely with the aid of the map of this festival that is on the leaflet placed in each venue.

Thanks to the 15 years of its history, the attendance of this festival is increasing year by year so that a lot of people come to Izukogen for this event. Most of the participants are repeat visitors. It gets great reputation because the attendance can visit about 100 venues with their family and friends in the fresh green of spring.

This is the scenery of the venue. Ichiro Sato’s unique shaping such as the heart-shaped lamp and leaf-shaped table are popular with the visitors. The legs of the leaf-shaped table are formed as though they root. Decorated in blue gradation, the roots express the vital force of taking water from the earth. They are enjoyable, organic artworks that make characteristic spaces combined with the minimal spaces of recent years.

The 15th Izukogen Art Festival
May 1st to 31st, 2007
Each venue sets different terms so check them out in the official website below.


Theodoros Stamos Exhibition
1996.7.1 - 7.19

From July 1st to 19th, Theodoros Stamos Exhibition was held at HIRO GALLERY.

Infinity Field Torino Series
acrylic on paper / 77.0×57.0cm / 1989

Theodoros Stamos(1922-1997) was born to Greek immigrants family in New York, and produced great works as the youngest artist of the American abstract expressionists. Because of his racial characteristics as a Greek or not, he became acquainted with organic patterns, ancient mythology and so on. In the course of the study, he met Japanese art. In the mid of the 1940’s, he got interested in oriental art, philosophy and poems and through pursuing them, he acquired his subtle style of expression.

If the color-field paintings of Rothko (who was born in Russia, raised as a Jew, and came to the United States at the age of ten) are “paintings of a horizon where the sky and the earth meet,” those of Stamos are “paintings of a horizon where the sky and the ocean meet.” Rothko’s color, imbued with rich spatiality, slowly pulls the viewer into its world and tenderly embraces him. On the other hand, Stamos’s color, ever dynamic, fills the viewer with energy, sometimes as serenely as an evening calm; he will, before he knows, find himself immersed in the artist’s world.

[Midori Yanai / Curator, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo]

To the artist’s page

1993.10.25 - 11.13

In 1993, the artist’s first exhibition in Japan titled “HANS HINTERREITER” was held at HIRO GALLERY GINZA, TOKYO. Born in Switzerland 1902, Hinterreiter made acrylic paints, tempera, prints and so on using geometrical sequential forms derived from numerical formulas. He had been on friendly terms with Max Bill, the same Swiss artist, and passed away in 1989.

Hans Hinterreiter

A big traveling exhibition in various countries in Europe, 1977 and an exhibition in 1988 produced by Thomas M. Messer, the director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation at the that time were held. After his death, Hans Hinterreiter Foundation was established in Zurich.

Some of the comments on the catalogue of HANS HINTERREITER EXHIBITION are below.

<Max Bill>
“In the work of Hans Hinterreiter it is, however, precisely the everchanging possibilities that make for the indisputably high quality of independent invention and rich personal creative power, more can hardly be expected from a work of art, particularly from a work opposed to many a contemporary, often fashion-bound, movement.”

<Thomas M. Messer(Director Emeritus, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)>
…Forms approximating concentric circles, star-configurations that interlock or are rhythmically disposed parallel to one another, rectangular, circular or semicircular formats or formats that combine these shapes within reasoned color schemes make up complex compositions that are invariably orderly, harmonious and beautiful.
Such effects in the case of Hans Hinterreiter are far from accidental, indeed they are the deliberate objective of his creative search. For he belongs among those who, like Goethe’s Faust, strive to comprehend the world’s innermost nature and therefore see the artist’s function as one thatseeks to penetrate beyond appearances into the regions governed by hidden laws…

<Dr. Robert Steven Bianchi(Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)>
…In many ways, therefore, Hinterreiter’s work is revolutionary because it paves the way for other more progressive artists to collaborate with computer specialists in order to create mathematically based artistic compositions which integrate into their works either analog or digital forms of music. In this way, Hinterreiter may well be regarded as the “father” of computer art…
…The very best qualities of Hinterreiter’s lithographs are inherent OPUS 12 (1952), a work on paper. The fine craftsmanship of this particular lithograph has been long recognized and the print itself has been repeatedly illustrated in many books articles about Hans Hinterreiter. The work is important because it had been described by Hinterreiter in terms of the values he assigned to colors. Specifically he referred to this work as “Geometrischer Schonheit Opus 12” (Geometric Beauty, Work 12) and characterized its colors as Yellow 900, Red 090, Blue 009, and Auto Black 0. Each of these designations are keyed to his encoded cryptographic system which can be related to his desire to link art with music...

OPUS 12 / tempera / 38.4×29.2cm / 1952

To the artist’s page