Kaoru AKAGAWA

PROFILE

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Kaoru is an artist and also a master of Japanese traditional calligraphy, Kana Shodo. Born in Canada, grew up in the U.S., went to university in Japan and since 2007 in Berlin.
With her globe-trotting background she challenges to revive ancient traditional Kana characters in modern times by merging Kana with modern art.
 
 
1995    Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations in Keio University
1995-
2000
Designer in TV-comercial ; Cosmetik
Since 2000 Study under Master Eiko Kurokawa
Since 2000 Member of Shodo Geijutsu-in Foundation
2008 Master (Shihan) Title and Mukansa Title as Kana Calligrapher
Mukansa: "without judgment", meaning that her Calligraphy works are automatically authorized and qualified to be displayed at the annual exhibition in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum without examination of a panel of judges.
 

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2014 Gallery Neuheisel, Saarbruecken, Germany
2014 Embassy of Japan in Berlin, Germany
2014 Japanese Information and Culture Center, Japanese Embassy, Vienna, Austria
2013 Ryosokuin, a sub-temple of Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, Japan
2013 Siebold Museum, Wuerzburg, Germany
2012 Eko-Haus, Duesseldorf, Germany
2012 Nippon Life Insurance Company Life Plaza Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Museum of the Printing Arts, Leipzig, Germany
2010 Embassy of Japan in Berlin, Germany
 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 International Club of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany
2014 Gallery T&T, Bayreuth Festival, Steigenberger-Festspielrestauration, Germany
2014 A Collective of Japanese Emerging Artists, DanDans, Berlin, Germany
 

Selected Press
2014 Bild Zeitung, Germany
2013 Internet Video Magazine by Mercedes Benz, Germany
2013 Online-Magazine by Veuve Clicquot, LVMH, France
2013 The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper, Japan
2012 Comissioned work for Aspekte, ZDF, Germany
2012 Insight Germany, Deutsche Welle, Germany
2012 San-in Chuo Shimpo Newspaper, Japan