In the year of his death, ArtVerona homages Hidetoshi Nagasawa, the great Japanese artist who chose to live and work in Italy. An itinerary through some of Verona’s more significant locations, created by Adriana Polveroni in dialogue with Ryoma Nagasawa and with the assistance of the University of Verona, of the Directorate of the Civic Museums of Verona, of the Superintendency for Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the Provinces of Verona, Rovigo and Vicenza and the extraordinary participation of Mart, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto.

Hidetoshi Nagasawa was a great artist, capable, like few others, of intervening in space with potency and lightness at the same time, defying the laws of gravity with apparently impossible equilibria, capable of blending the geometrical power of his installations with the natural beauty of the landscape. He was capable of dialoguing wisely with the past, as witnessed by the many Italian historical sites that have experienced his artistic action. His powerful, energetic work merges fittingly with several qualitative characteristics of Verona: the vigour of his installations and the creation of severe and yet virtuous environments dialogue well with the ancient and solemn beauty of the city where several of Nagasawa’s installations are perfectly inserted into some outdoor and some indoor locations.


Verona → 12 October 2018 > 6 January 2019

Università di Verona, Polo Santa Marta, 
Corte Ovest Via Cantarane 24

Church of San Francesco at Corso Museo degli Affreschi GB Cavalcaselle
Via Luigi da Porto 5

Garden of Castelvecchio M
Corso Castelvecchio 2

Giardino Giusti
Via Giardino Giusti 2

Museo degli Affreschi “G.B. Cavalcaselle”
Via Luigi Da Porto 5

Superintendency for Archaeology, Fine Arts and landscape of the provinces of Verona, Rovigo and Vicenza
Piazza San Fermo 3

Ingresso re Teodorico, Viale dell’Industria


Rovereto → 12 October > 6 January 2018

Mart, Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto
Corso Bettini 43, Rovereto (TN)

Hidetoshi Nagasawa was born in Tonei (currently Jilin), Manchuria, in 1940.

He received his degree from the Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1963. In 1968 he held his first solo exhibition at the Sincron gallery in Brescia, followed in 1970 by another solo in Milan in the François Lambert’s gallery.

In 1972 he attended the Venice Biennale with several of his sculptures. In 1988 he exhibited at the PAC-Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea of Milan and in 1992 at the 9th edition of Documenta (Kassel). In 1993 he was once again at the Venice Biennale with a solo exhibition hall inside the Italian pavilion and in Bologna in the exhibition halls of Villa delle Rose of the Modern Art Gallery. In the same year, an anthological exhibition was opened in Japan at the Mito Art Museum and in 1996 he held a solo exhibition at the Mirò Foundation in Palma de Mallorca.

In 2002 he exhibited at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan and in 2007 at Torre di Guevara on the Island of Ischia.

In 2009 a solo exhibition was dedicated to him at the Toyama Memorial Museum, followed by a travelling exhibition at the museums in Kawagoe, Saitama, Osaka, Kanagawa and Nagasaki.

In 2013 a solo exhibition was opened at the MACRO in Rome and in 2014 at the Camusac in Cassino.

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