Hiroyuki Masuyama

Hiroyuki Masuyama’s variously sized light-boxes are not simply photographic reproductions of the paintings and watercolours of William Turner. They are instead a conceptual operation on the work of this great English artist. Their subject is the works undertaken by Turner during his first journey from London to Venice. Masuyama has followed each stage of this journey and made visual notes, but in a different medium: in the place of sketches he has used photography.

But just like Turner, who brought these graphic notes and reminders back to England in order to re-elaborate them in his studio, so too Masuyama has brought the images he captured back to his studio in Düsseldorf and submitted them to a complex operation of montage. The images of his journey and those of the paintings by Turner have thus become in the luminous work of this forty-something Japanese artist a harmonious unicum in which the limits of space-time have been overcome.
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Playing with Shadows

After Caspar David Friedrich

After J.M.W. Turner

Flights

Nature, Seasons and Mountains

Rome 1585 - 2012

Video works

Installations

Videos

Playing with Shadows


  • Dahlia No.1 06.08.2020- 29.08.2020

    Tracing paper,
    71 x 171 cm


  • Peony No.02, 05.05.2020 - 22.05.2020

    Tracing paper,
    97 x 144 cm


  • Peony No.03, 05.06.2020 - 20.06.2020

    Tracing paper,
    81 x 142 cm


  • Tulip No.01, 01.01.2006 - 24.02.2006

    Lambda print, diasec, mounted on dibond,
    30 x 64 cm


  • Tulip No.2, 01.01.2006 - 24.02.2006

    Lambda print, diasec, mounted on dibond,
    30 x 62 cm

After Caspar David Friedrich


  • Das große Gehege 1832, 2016

    Ed. 3/5
    led lightbox
    73,5 x 102,5 x 4 cm

After J.M.W. Turner


  • J.M.W. TURNER, San Giorgio Maggiore from the Hotel Europa at the Entrance to the Grand Canal, 1840, 2010

    Ed. 4/7
    led lightbox
    19,5 x 27,6 x 4 cm


  • J.M.W. TURNER, Looking across the Bacino di San Marco at Sunset, from near San Biagio, 1840, 2010

    Ed. 2/7
    Led lightbox
    24,4 x 30,4 x 4 cm


  • J.M.W. Turner, Boats on the Lagoon, near Venice, 1840, 2010

    Ed. 3/7
    led lightbox
    24,6 x 30,6 x 4 cm


  • Looking across the Lagoon at Sunset, 1840, 2010

    Ed. 2/7
    led lightbox
    24,4 x 30,4 x 4 cm


  • Looking down the Grand Canal to Palazzo Corner della Ca' Grande and Santa Maria della Salute, 1840

    Led Lightbox, 2010
    22 x 32,5 x 4 cm


  • J.M.W.TURNER, Fisherman on the Lagoon Moonlight , 1840

    Led Lightbox, 2010
    21,8 x 31,9 x 4 cm

Flights


  • Miami-Anchorage n. 4, 2004

    Lightbox
    30 x 250 x 13 cm


  • Miami-Anchorage n. 12, 2004

    Lightbox
    30 x 250 x 13 cm


  • LONDON-DUSSELDORF, 2004

    Lightbox
    25 x 310 x 13 cm

Nature, Seasons and Mountains


  • Sakura n. 3, 2006

    lightbox
    100 x 147 x 13 cm


  • Sakura n. 2, 2006

    Lightbox
    100 x 134 x 13 cm


  • Roverella 21.07.2007/14:00 -22.07.2007/ 14:00 24h., 2007

    Led lightbox
    40 x 200 x 4 cm


  • November, 2006

    lightbox
    47 x 140 x 13 cm


  • Spring n. 2, 2002

    Lightbox
    25 x 84 x 13 cm


  • Summer n. 1, 2004

    Lightbox
    25 x 84 x 13 cm


  • Winter n.1, 2004

    Lightbox
    25 x 84 x 13 cm


  • McKINLEY - Flight n. 1, 2006

    lightbox
    30 x 300 x 13 cm


  • McKINLEY - Flight n. 2, 2006

    lightbox
    30 x 300 x 13 cm


  • Grindelwaldgletscher, Rots Gufer 1990 m - Wyssefluo 1381 m, 2014

    C-print
    40 x 191 cm

Rome 1585 - 2012


  • Ruderi del tempio della Concordia, 1756/2012, 2012

    Digital photo on paper
    28 x 73 cm


  • Veduta del Foro Romano 1751 Engraver: Giovan Battista Piranesi, 2012

    Digital photo on paper
    28 x 82 cm


  • Veduta della Piramide di Caio Cestio 1850/2012, 2012

    Digital photo on paper
    28 x 40 cm


  • Veduta del Colosseo, 1756/2012 Engraver: Giovan Battista Piranesi, 2012

    Digital photo on paper
    28 x 58 cm

Video works


  • Family portrait, 2001

    DVD video
    5'20''


  • Way 01.01.2001 - 31.12.2003, 2004

    DVD video
    8 min


  • 1000 olives, 2008

    DVD video
    13 min


  • Playing with Shadows, 2022

    Installation view, Studio la Città, Verona


  • After J.M.W. Turner 1834 – 2019, 2019

    installation view
    Studio la Città at GAD - Giudecca Art District, Venice


  • Minima X Maxima, 2019

    installation view
    Studio la Città - Verona


  • Un racconto in sei stanze, 2016

    installation view
    Palazzo Barbò - Studio la Città


  • Uncommon Places an accelerationist aesthetics, 2016

    Palazzo da Schio, Schio


  • Installation view, 2016

    Studio la Città, Arte Fiera Bologna, Bologna


  • dsc_0288

    installation view
    Kallmann-Museum Ismaning, Ismaning


  • Installation view, 2014

    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Installation view, 2012

    StartUp – collateral event of ArtVerona Fair 2012 Spica Hair and Beauty, Verona


  • Installation view, 2012

    Studio la Città, Verona


  • After J.M.W. Turner - Il viaggio di Turner da Londra a Venezia, 2008

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • ... e ricomincio da tre, 2007

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona


  • Flowers, 2004

    installation view
    Studio la Città, Verona

    News

  • Hiroyuki Masuyama is one of the artists on display in the exhibition CASPAR DAVID FRIEDRICH. Art for a New Age, presented at the Hamburger Kunsthalle on the occasion of Caspar David Friedrich’s 250th birthday. The exhibition continues until April 1, 2024.


  • In 2023 the Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg exhibits the artist Hiroyuki Masuyama. The title of the exhibition Cycle of Times chosen by Masuyama alludes to the fact that he often works in cycles and referring to different moments in time. The exhibition runs until 3 September.


  • The season 2022-23 of Studio la Città inaugurates with an exhibition featuring new works by Hiroyuki Masuyama. The artist returns to Italy with an unprecedented series realised with a special carving technique, dedicated to the fleeting nature of time. Playing with Shadows, this is the title of the exhibition, will be hosted at Studio la Città from 24 September until 29 October 2022.


  • From 19 March until April 24, 2022 the Kunst Museum in Solingen – Germany, hosts the exhibition by Hiroyuki Masuyama: ZEITREISE 1817 – 2022, a real journey through time that touches the various series of the Japanese artist, from lightboxes inspired by the great masters from Romanticism, to those on nature and its changes, up to the most recent interactive installations that refer to the relationship between man and time through the study of constellations.


  • Hiroyuki Masuyama is one of the artists in the exhibition True Fictions. Fotografia visionaria dagli anni ’70 ad oggi, the first retrospective exhibition ever held in Italy of staged photography. The exhibition opens at the Palazzo Magnani Foundation (RE) on 17 October 2020 and will end on 4 July 2021.


  • Hiroyuki Masuyama will show his lightboxes in a solo exhibition set up at high altitude. The Messner Mountain Museum in Firmian will host: Growing Mountains, an exhibition created in collaboration with Studio la Città, which can be visited from 5 July 2020.  Messner Mountain Museum Firmian | until 8 November 2020.


  • Studio la Città gallery continues in the research it has undertaken over the last decade in the city of Venice by presenting, in conjunction with the 58th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, the exhibitions titled: After J.M.W. Turner 1834 – 2019, a solo show by the Japanese Hiroyuki Masuyama.
    September 6 – November 10, 2019 | GAD – Giudecca Art District, Venice