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Visual artist. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1953.
Withdrew from the doctorial course of the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music in 1984. Since first exhibiting his work in 1977, he has participated in, as well as undertaken, a large number of projects and exhibitions in Japan and abroad, including Venice Biennale (1982); Documenta 8 (1987); Sao Paulo Biennale (1987); Documenta 9 (1992); Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Lyon (1993); Exhibition for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, Geneva (1995); Munster Skulptor Projekt (1997); 11th Biennale of Sydney(1998); Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2000-); 4th Shanghai Biennale (2002); Busan Biennale (2002); Bienal de Valencia (2003). He also served as a professor in Inter Media Art Course, the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music from 1999 to 2005.
Although the majority of Tadashi Kawamata’ s exhibitions have been overseas, he has been simultaneously involved in a long-term, locally-oriented project based in a mining town.
Kawamata proposes and practices a form of localization that examines the extent to which international activities can be enhanced locally.
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