ALIVE— living on, Expression evolving.

Mitsugu SATO and Sadaharu HORIO

Saturday April 11 - Sunday April 26, 2020

Open 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Close on Mondays & Tuesdays 

Mitsugu Sato will be at the gallery on April 11, 12 and 26

We are pleased to announce that Gallery NAO MASAKI will hold an exhibition "ALIVE" featuring two artists, Mitsugu Sato and Sadaharu Horio. Their works were set to be unveiled at Art Fair Tokyo 2020 in March, which was canceled due to coronavirus.

We are facing sweeping changes as a result of the virus. Under these circumstances we will no longer have the freedom to simply pursue the benefits that we humans have always enjoyed. Amid this drastic turmoil, we are now inevitably being linked with all tangible and intangible things in our entire ecosystem. Everything we observe at this moment seems to be an important message for our future.

Mitsugu Sato reaches out to things that are overlooked and abandoned in society. Sato brings life to what he picks up, building up his works while reflecting on happenings in this world and his own mental landscape. “Chaotic problems in the world also inhabit my mind, such as wars and radiation contamination.” Sato said in an interview conducted for a gateway exhibition of contemporary art, Position 2012, held at Nagoya City Art Museum in 2012. His inner conflicts take shape through the series called 108 Crosses. Each work in this series is composed of 108 cross-shaped objects, as Sato has continued to work on this motif in recent years.

The late artist Sadaharu Horio, who devoted himself to the post-war avant-garde art and Gutai art movements, lived up to his ideals until his death in 2018. Putting all his time and chaotic energy, body and soul into his work. Horio expressed his passion in a wide range of forms, including installation and performance, involving people around him. This exhibition will show one-of-a-kind art pieces selected from over a thousand two-dimensional works which Horio painted on discarded construction panels in 2016.

This exhibition will present their great works, which embody these two artists’ ways of life. In these times of crises and uncertainty, we are grateful to have opportunities to introduce these works by Mitsugu Sato and Sadaharu Horio, hoping that their art works will bring some inspiration to the audience.


Nao Masaki,

Director of Gallery Nao Masaki

Mitsugu Sato

Born in Osaka, Japan, 1971. Sato embarked on a wandering journey around China, many other Asian countries and the Americas, after leaving Osaka University of Art. In 1988, Sato moved to Wakayama City and began his artistic career, creating objects using marine debris. Sato featured in many exhibitions in Tokyo and Nagoya, starting with a solo exhibition in Osaka in 2005 before settling in Nagoya in 2010. Sato one day realized that by collecting odds and ends, he himself was a wanderer. In 2014, he published the first part of his autobiography, with the second part released in 2016. This self-reflection brought to light the highs and lows of his unconventional life. In the Autumn of 2020, he plans to participate in Oku-Noto Triennale 2020.


Exhibitions at:

Lim Art, Morioka Shoten, Bohemian's Gallery (Tokyo), iTohen (Osaka), Hoshigaoka SEWING TABLE COFFEE (Hirakata), colonbooks, Gallery NAO MASAKi (former gallery feel art zero) (Nagoya), etc.


Group Exhibitions at:

Art Court Frontier 2010 #8 (Osaka), Position 2012 Contemporary Art from Nagoya at Nagoya City Art Museum (as an invited artist), 30th anniversary project of Denki Bunka Kaikan, THE NEXT—10 artists who shape the future, Gallery YADA Live vol. 20+Exhibition, From Aichi to the World (Nagoya), etc.

Solo exhibitions at Gallery NAO MASAKI:

Mitsugu Sato exhibition (2009), Mitsugu Sato exhibition (2011), Swaying forms (2016), 108 Crosses (2018)


Special exhibitions at Gallery NAO MASAKI:

Furniture show by artists (2012), The books as ART (2015), Landscapes of the ordinary or extraordinary by Kohei Oda & Mitsugu Sato (2015) and Memorial exhibition for Toru Tsuji, utsutsu (2019)

Sadaharu Horio

Born in Kobe, Japan, in 1939. Horio joined the Art Association of Gutai in 1965 and remained a member until the association was dissolved in 1972. Since 1985, Horio held solo exhibitions roughly 100 times annually, as well as group exhibitions and art performances nationally and internationally in pursuit of his life-long theme “making the invisible visible in everyday life.” Horio passed away in November 2018.

Main exhibitions:

Ordinary things (2002, at Ashiya City Museum of Art and History), Yokohama Triennale 2005, Sadaharu Horio & On-Site Art Squad KUKI performances for 82 days in a row (2005), Opening performance for Gutai: Splendid Playground (2013, at Guggenheim Museum, New York), Ordinary things <Now> (2014, at BB Plaza Museum of Art, Kobe), A Feverish Era in Japanese Art (2016, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium), Sadaharu Horio & On-Site Art Squad KUKI at Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition in Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto (2017, Kyoto), Solo exhibition presented by Axel Vervoord Gallery (2018, Antwerp, Belgium & Hong Kong)

461-0004 愛知県名古屋市東区葵2-3-4

2-3-4 Aoi, Higashi-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 461-0004 Japan


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