MASAHITO HIRANUMA solo exhibition


2023.03.11(Sat) – 2023.03.16(Thu)

YUGEN Gallery will hold Masahito Hiranuma's solo exhibition "CONTEMPORARY MUSIC" from Saturday, March 11th to Thursday, March 16th, 2023.

Contemporary music expressed in paintings

YUGEN Gallery opened in February 2022. Masahito Hiranuma held the first exhibition "#punk #rock #art #life" with Yoko Ayukawa.

Unlike the previous exhibition, which featured works by women dressed in decadent fashion with glittering makeup and underground rock divas, this exhibition will consist only of abstract paintings. CONTEMPORARY MUSIC”. Hiranuma will present 14 works, including 2 new works from the series Hiranuma has been working on since the 2010s.

Hiranuma was involved in the selection of music for Kansai Yamamoto's Paris/Tokyo collection, and worked as an assistant director. In 1990, Hiranuma moved to Paris, France, to begin his career as an artist, in order to come into contact with "real" art.

At the Louvre Museum, which he frequented at the time, he observed the use of painting materials and undercoatings of historical works that were in the process of being restored. He has come into contact with towering art and has developed his own painting methodology.

Abstract paintings that evoke emotions

Willem de Kooning said that he was particularly overwhelmed while touching many real things such as the Pieta statue of St. Peter's Basilica. I was so shocked that I was forced to give up painting by an artist who represented the Abstract Expressionism movement that arose in New York after the war. Strokes and rich colors that convey emotions and hand movements. In Hiranuma's work, which expresses the inner conflicts and joys of women, we can see a glimpse of the light that De Kooning has bathed in.

In the course of creating abstract figurative works, Hiranuma began working on a geometric series composed of a series of organic colors. At first, I began to think about the composition of the screen, and as I "played" with the drawing and connected the colors, I developed from a brush that directly felt emotions to a logical abstract expression work with self-control.

“I started drawing this series when I was listening to contemporary music by Steve Reich and Brian Eno, and I wanted to draw the sounds of harmony and discomfort that exist in contemporary music.”

Music surrounds us with waves like sunlight and speaks to us. Feeling the colors and shapes that appear in these waves, Hiranuma creates contemporary music as a painting. Apply multiple layers of color and adjust the color until you feel the wave of light. The warm colors and shapes collide and harmonize on the screen, which evokes the deepest emotions and sensations of the viewer like music.

The beginning of brilliant self-exploration

“There are a lot of artists with incredible skills, and we are in an era where we can freely choose various subjects and techniques. Whether it is abstract or figurative, whether it is painting or three-dimensional, it doesn’t matter what you mix. So, what do you choose?

“Painting is similar to cooking. Stir-frying onions is also a quest for deliciousness, and I concentrate on the ingredients themselves. I'm playing to see if it will show up."

The reason why Hiranuma is attracted to paintings is because "the brilliance and light received from the paintings purely remain in my heart as my own joy." He declares that he is not interested in works that do not bring joy, and says that now is the time to focus on the fundamental joy of human beings, when the concept is overflowing with contemporary art.

Masahito Hiranuma has created a minimalist work "ENCOUNTER" with a small number of colors, which will be exhibited in this exhibition, and has a feeling that he will be reborn as a painter after over 30 years of painting. The colors and lines are in harmony, and the light emitted from the screen becomes a symphony that envelops us and reverberates.

Works on display

*Some of the works on display are subject to change. please note that.

About the reception party

A reception party will be held on Saturday, March 11th.

On the day of the event, from 17:00, there will be a performance by a handpan player, Mabou.

horse violence / BABOW
Entertainment handpan artist. The people who participate in creating sound as a space production are deeply immersed in the world. So far, he has been active in collaborations that sublimate the space as a single work according to the movement of tea ceremony and live painting, BGM production in galleries, event live etc.

About work sales

At the same time as the exhibition is held, it will be possible to view and purchase the works on the YUGEN Gallery official online store.
Payment can be made by credit card/bank transfer/payment in installments (Cedyna).

MASAHITO HIRANUMA work sales page

Information on visitor benefits

An original art book will be presented free of charge only to those who have answered the questionnaire form at the time of visit.
This is an original art book only for this exhibition, in which the exhibited works and the exhibition statement are compiled in one volume.

 MASAHITO HIRANUMA solo exhibition "​​​​CONTEMPORARY MUSIC" art book
Recording artist: MASAHITO HIRANUMA
B4 variant / List price 1,650 yen (tax included)
*Please note that the design of the art book is subject to change.









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Masahito Hiranuma / Born in 1962. While working on the selection of music for the Paris Tokyo Collection and the stage sound for theatrical performances, he began to create paintings in search of his own expression. In 1990, he went to France and made his debut in 1994 at "PROCREART" in Paris. Based in Paris, he explores his own style. Since returning to Japan in 1998, he has been actively engaged in solo exhibitions, starting with a solo exhibition in Yokohama.

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exhibition period

2023.03.11 (Sat) - 2023.03.16 (Thu)


YUGEN Gallery


Token International Building 3F, 2-12-19 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 14:00-19:00
Sat/Sun/Holidays 13:00-19:00
*Ends at 17:00 on the last day only

closing day


Admission fee



*Please note that the exhibition period and opening hours may change without notice depending on the situation.