Chimei Hamadabiography

1917 Born in Kumamoto Prefecture.
1939 Graduated from Tokyo School of Fine Arts.
1956 Exhibited by invitation at The 2nd Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan. Ghost Brought Back to Life and Vice-Principal Mr. D. received an award. Exhibited at the Ⅳ Mostra Internazionale di Bianco e Nero 1956-Lugano. Elegy for a New Conscript: Sentinel received the second prize.
1960 Exhibited by invitation at The 4th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan. A Group of the Blind won the award of excellence.
1962 Received The 2nd Fukushima Award for Deranged Man.
1964 Visited Europe.
1965 Returned from Europe.
Became an honorable member of the Florence Art Academy, Prints Division
1975 Chimei Hamada Copper Print Exhibition held at Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art. All the works from 1938 through 1975 shown.
1979 Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art held “CHIMEI HAMADA” copper print exhibition. All works shown.
Albertina National Museum of Art, Vienna, Austria organized Chimei Hamada Exhibition where self-nominated 100 copper prints were displayed. Exhibition also shown at Graz State Museum of Modern Art, Graz, Austria.
Traveled to Europe for the opening at Albertina National Museum of Art.
On the way home, visited Paris.
1980 The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura organized “Chimei Hamada Copper Prints―From Elegy for a New conscript to Deal”. All copper prints exhibited.
1989 On occasion of the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution, awarded Grade de Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
1993 Exhibits at the Japan Gallery of The British Museum, London. Self-nominated 100 copper prints and 16 sculptures shown.
1994 Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art held “CHIMEI HAMADA” exhibition. All copper prints and sculptures shown.
1996 Held an exhibition, All About Chimei Hamada, which traveled from the Odakyu Museum of Art to the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama; the Shimonoseki City Art Museum; and the Itami City Museum of Art. (Produces by The Asahi Shimbun Co.)
2000 Held Chimei Hamada: Satire through Sculpture exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura. All 52 sculptures and 25 prints shown.
2001 Held an exhibition, Chimei Hamada: Exploring Humans through Print and Sculpture, at Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art.
Works displayed with Goya’s at the exhibition at Komagane Kogen Art Museum.
2005 Held an exhibition of new works and sculptures at Hiro Gallery, Tokyo, Gallery Nii, Osaka and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto.
2006 Held Chimei Hamada exhibition at Homma Museum of Art, Yamagata.
2007 Held an exhibition, Chimei Hamada‐Infinite Human Love, at Okawa Museum of Art, Gunma.
2008 Works 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.
2009 Held Chimei Hamada exhibition at Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art.
2010 Held “The World of HAMADA Chimei -Elegy and Humor in Prints and Sculpture-“ at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama in Kanagawa.
2011 Held Chimei Hamada exhibition at SAKIMA ART MUSEUM, Okinawa.
2012 Exhibits in "Tokyo 1955 - 1970: A New Avant-Garde" of The Museum of Modern Art(US).
2014 Exhibits in "THE DISASTERS OF WAR" of The Louvre-Lens(FRA).