Jin Morigami


Jin Morigami (born in 1955)

Born into a family of weavers, Jin Morigami is one of the most talented and recognized contemporary japanese bamboo artist.

After completing his training, he created his studio and even employed several young assistants to help him fill the many orders he received for his delicate works, thus introducing a new style of bamboo sculpture to Oita.

As a young artist, he submitted his work to the Nitten, the Japan Fine Arts Association, and was accepted without being required to pass through the intermediate stages. However, the resentment this caused among more experienced artists contributed to his decision to end his involvement in the Japanese public exhibition system for many years.

Recognition of his work by American collectors and museums breathed new life into his career. In 2004, he was a finalist in the prestigious 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐬𝐞𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.

Since then, the artist has enjoyed renewed success, especially recently at the 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞́𝐞 𝐝𝐮 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐢 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐥𝐲 - 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞 𝐥'𝐀𝐢𝐫, 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧.

Morigami's works are part of many American and European public and private collections.

𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒖𝒎 𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔

𝐋𝐨𝐬 𝐀𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐭, 𝐂𝐀
𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐭, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤, 𝐍𝐘
𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬, 𝐁𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐧, 𝐌𝐀
𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧, 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤, 𝐍𝐘
𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦, 𝐒𝐚𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨, 𝐂𝐀
𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦, 𝐂𝐎
𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧, 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞, 𝐍𝐂
𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐚 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐭, 𝐏𝐀
𝐁𝐞𝐩𝐩𝐮 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐁𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐂𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦
𝐎𝐢𝐭𝐚 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭 𝐇𝐚𝐥𝐥
𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭 (𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬)
𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐢-𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 ( 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬)

𝐸𝑥ℎ𝑖𝑏𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 & 𝐴𝑐𝑐𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑠
1979 - Winner of the Oita Prefecture Assembly Chairman’s Award, Oita Prefecture Industrial Crafts Exhibition

1982 - Winner of the Fukuoka Industrial Commerce Director’s Award, Beppu City New Bamboo Craft Art Exhibition

1983 - Winner of the Nitta Industry Craft Test Center Chief’s Award, Oita Prefecture Living Design Exhibition
Three Artists, La Poll
Winner of the Fukuo Industrial Commerce Chief’s Award, Beppu City New Bamboo Craft Art Exhibition

1985 - First Solo Exhibition, Gifu

1988 - Admitted to Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition)

1994 - Winner of the Kyoto Craft Art Award

2002 - The Next Generation, University of Arkansas, Little Rock

2003 - Exhibited at Tigerman Himmel Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 - Hin: The Quiet Beauty of Japanese Art, Grinnell College, IA and Chicago Cultural Center, IL
Exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2007 - The Next Generation, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

2008 - New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters, Japan Society, New York, NY

2009 - Many Shapes of Bamboo III, Oita Prefectural Art Museum

2010 - Many Shapes of Bamboo IV, Oita Prefectural Art Museum

2011 - Many Shapes of Bamboo V, Oita Prefectural Art Museum
Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design, Museum of Art & Design, New York, NY

2013 - Birds in the Art of Japan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2014 - Bamboo weaving demonstration, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,

𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟖 - 𝐅𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐫𝐞 𝐋’ 𝐀𝐢𝐫 - 𝐋'𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐝𝐮 𝐛𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐮 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐧, 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐝𝐮 𝐐𝐮𝐚𝐢 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐜, 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬

2020 - Masterpieces of Bamboo Art: Katsushiro Soho and Fujinuma Noboru, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan

2021 - Mingei Bamboo Prize 1st Edition @𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 𝐆𝐮𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐭 (𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐬). Prize created by the Mingei gallery (Paris)

2023 - Mingei Bamboo Prize 2sd Edition at Mingei gallery in partenership with Parcours des Mondes (International art fair). Prize created by the Mingei gallery (Paris)

𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 - 𝐄𝐱𝐡𝐢𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 - 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐧.
𝐍𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐀𝐬𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐮𝐦 (𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟐𝟕, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒 - 𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝟓, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟓)