Chikuunsai IV Tanabe

Born 1973, Osaka, Japan

Chikuunsai IV Tanabe started learning bamboo art from his father when he was a child. He graduated first from the fine art department of Osaka City Crafts High School, and later from the Sculpture Department of Tokyo Art University. After developing his skills as an apprentice for two years in Beppu City, Chikuunsai IV Tanabe went back to Sakai City and learned bamboo art from his father. He practiced a traditional style of bamboo art and, while utilizing the skills of the previous Chikuunsai generations, he now makes sculptures in his own original style. Chikuunsai IV Tanabe makes two kinds of works. One is the traditional basket, the techniques of which have passed from generation to generation. The other is purely sculptural and considered highly innovative in Japan today. His signature is organic forms made with tiger bamboo, black bamboo and other natural materials.

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Working in Osaka, Japan

1990-1992   Osaka Craft High School, Osaka (Fine Art)
1993-1999   Tokyo Art University, Tokyo (Sculpture)

Chikuunsai IV Tanabe has work in the following public collections: 

The British Museum, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Musée Guimet, Paris, France
Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, France
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA, USA
Long Beach Museum of Art, CA, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Miami, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA
The Ruth and Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art, CA, USA
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, USA
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Asociación Peruano Japonesa, Lima, Peru
Museo Nacional de Arte, Bolivia
Odunpazari Modern Museum, Turkey
Imperial Household Agency, Japan
Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan
Yakushi-ji Temple, Nara, Japan

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