Rinko Kawauchi

Born 1972, Shiga, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.


  • 1993

  • Graduated Seian University of Art and Design (ex Seian Women’s College)

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

  • Days about Atelier Yamanami, HOTEL ANTEROOM KYOTO (GALLERY 9.5), Kyoto / Gallery TUTUMU, Shiga

    When I was seven., agnès b. galerie boutique, Tokyo

  • 2018

  • Someday for Sure, Gallery TUTUMU, Shiga

    A New Day, POST, Tokyo / Orange, Kumamoto

    Halo, foto-forum, Italy

  • 2017

  • Halo, POST, Tokyo / Morioka Shoten, Tokyo

    Halo, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

  • 2016

  • The river embraced me, Meessen De Clercq, Belgium

    The rain of blessing, Gallery 916, Tokyo

    The river embraced me, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

    Someday for sure, Orange, Kumamoto / gallery trax, Yamanashi

    Till The Day, NOMA t.d. store, Tokyo

  • 2015

  • Let's sing a song our bodies know, Gucci, Tokyo

    Rinko Kawauchi - Illuminance, KUNST HAUS WIEN GmbH, Vienna

  • 2014

  • New Pictures 9: Rinko Kawauchi, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    Rinko Kawauchi, FoMu- FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

  • 2013

  • Ametsuchi, Galerie Priska Parquer, Cologne

    Light and Shadow, KAGIYA Building 4F Gallery, Hamamatsu

    Ametsuchi, Aperture Gallery, New York / Lesley University College of Art and Design (2014)

    Light and Shadow, msc Gallery, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto

    Ametsuchi, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica

    Illuminance, Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich

  • 2012

  • Light and Shadow, Silencio, Paris

    Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

    Light and Shadow, TRAUMARIS, Tokyo

  • 2011

  • Illuminance, Ilan Gallery, Paris

    A Glimmer in Silence, FO.KU.S Kunst Stadtforum, Innsbruck, Germany

    Illuminance, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo

    Illuminance, Gallery at Hermès, New York

    murmuration, Rose Gallery, California

  • 2010

  • the eyes, the ears, Kunstverein Augsburg e.V., Augsburg

    A Glimmer in Silence, Galeria Priska Pasquer, Cologne

    AILA, Seian University of Art and Design, Shiga

    Iridescence, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

    Rinko Kawauchi: Transient Wonders, Everyday Bliss – Photography, Video and Slides, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels

  • 2009

  • Condensation, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York

    a pause, GALLERY TRAX, Yamanashi

  • 2008

  • Rinko Kawauchi presente par Antoine de Vilmorin 77 rue des Archives. Paris. 75003, Paris

    Semear, FOIL GALLERY, Tokyo

    UTATANE, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid

    Cui Cui, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

  • 2007

  • Rinko Kawauchi, Cohan and Leslie, New York

    Semear, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo

    AILA + the eyes, the ears, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm

    AILA + the eyes, the ears, Hasselblad Centre, Göteborg

  • 2006

  • AILA + the eyes, the ears, FOTOGRAFISK CENTER, Copenhagen

    AILA, Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne

    AILA + the eyes, the ears, Galeria Carla Sozzani, Milan

    Rinko Kawauchi, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

  • 2005

  • AILA + Cui Cui + the eyes, the ears, Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris

    AILA, Kanaz Forest of Creation, Fukui

    AILA, Cohan and Leslie, New York

    Cui Cui, QUATRE Florence

  • 2004

  • AILA, California Museum of Photography, UC Riverside

    UTATANE, Cohan and Leslie, New York

    AILA, Little More Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2003

  • HANABI, white cube, Kyoto

    HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo

    Blue, Rocket Gallery, Tokyo

    Rinko Kawauchi, 4F Gallery, Los Angels

    Wacall photo exhibition, SPIRAL GARDEN, Tokyo

    UTATANE, vonrot gallery, Berlin

  • 2002

  • HANABI, Little More Gallery, Tokyo

    UTATANE, Colette, Paris

  • 2001

  • UTATANE, Parco Gallery, Tokyo

    HANABI, Gray, Tokyo

    HANAKO, Little More Gallery, Tokyo

    HIBI, Aki-Ex Gallery, Tokyo

  • 1999

  • HITOIKI, Light Works, Kanagawa

  • 1998

  • UTATANE, Guardian Garden, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions

  • 2019

  • CAMK Collection Exhibition, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto

    Miffy's Field of Flowers: The World of Dick Bruna Picture Books, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

    TOP Collection
    Reading Images: The Time of Photography, TOP MUSEUM, Tokyo

    Lianzhou Foto Festival 15th Edition, China

  • 2018

  • Forever (and again), IZU PHOTO MUSEUM, Shizuoka

    A Matter of Light, PALAZZO REALE, Milan

    Asama International Photo Festival, Nagano

    A Beautiful Moment, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

    25th Anniversary in Gallery Trax vol.I, gallery trax, Yamanashi

    Incognito: The Eye in Search, The 6th SIPF 2018 Festival, Singapore

    TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2018, National Portrait Gallery, London

  • 2017

  • Prix Pictet, V&A Museum, London / CAMERA, Torino

    Seize the Uncertain Day, Chinretsukan Gallery (The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts), Tokyo

    Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, URANO, Tokyo

    Japanorama. A new vision on art since 1970" Centre Pompidou-Metz, France

  • 2016

  • Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now, SF MOMA, San Francisco

    Genius loci – The Higashikawa Awards –, Towada Art Center, Aomori

  • 2015

  • The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography, The Getty Center, Los Angeles
    In the Wake Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  • 2014


    Paraty en Foco en festa, Brazil

    Landskrona Fotofestival 2014, Landskrona, Sweden

    Photography will be, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya

    Gift, Exhibition with Terri Weifenbach, IMA gallery, Tokyo

    “Rinko Kawauchi×NOMA t.d. ” gallery trax, Yamanashi / TRAUMARIS, Tokyo / rizm, Hyogo

    VIVID MEMORIES, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris

  • 2013

  • Exhibition of the 29th Higashikawa Award Winners, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido

    The Aesthetics of Photography - Five Elements Collection Exhibition 2013, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

    Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • 2012

  • Daegu Photo Biennale 2012, Daegu, Korea

    Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2012, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

    To Wander a Garden, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

    Visible / Invisible, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, Japan

  • 2011

  • 4th Fotofestival, Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany

    FotoGrafia - Festival Internazionale di Roma, Roma

    Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal Inward Views, Montréal, Canada

    Colloquy and Soliloquy, Mountain Fold Gallery, New York

    Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art curated by David Elliott Japan Society, New York

  • 2010

  • The 6th Lianzhou Photography Festival, Lianzhou, China

    Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 New Documents curated by Martin Parr (Upcoming)

    Summer Loves Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

    Kassel Fotobook Festival 2010, Documenta Halle, Kassel

  • 2009

  • Touch the World Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, Shiga, Japan

    Photography Now China, Japan, Korea San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

    Parrworld (touring), Jeu de Paume, Paris, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead

    FotoGrafia Festival International in Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

    Verdure! New Acquisitions and Related Works of the Collection Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

  • 2008

  • Blooming: Brazil-Japan Where You Are Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

    Parrworld Haus der Kunst, Munich

  • 2007

  • Curator’s Choice ’07: Museum Dialogues Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

  • 2006

  • A to Z by Yoshitomo Nara + graf Yoshii Brick House, Aomori

    PHotoEspaña 2006 Madrid

    Collection of the Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain Museum Contemporary Art, Tokyo

    Whisper not!, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

  • 2004

  • Lonely Planet Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Center, Mito

    AILA & UTATANE Recontres d’Arles Photographie, France

  • 2003

  • Love Planet The 41st Okayama City Arts Festival Program, (with Janet Carfiff & George Bures Miller, Jeanne Dunning, Tatsuo Miyajima and Rikrit Tiravanija et al), Okayama

    HOPE Laforet Museum, Tokyo

    FOIL Litte More Gallery, Tokyo

  • 2002

  • Kimura Iehei Award Winners Exhibition Minolta Photo Space Shinjuku, Tokyo

  • 2000

  • Hinata Kanata Landmark Tower Gallery, Kanagawa


The 29th Higashikawa Award, Domestic Photographer Award (2013)

Art Encourage Prize for New Artist from the Ministry of Education (2013)

The Royal Photographic Society: Honorary Fellowship (2012)

ICP 25th Annual Infinity Award, Art Category (2009)

Winner of the 27th Kimura Ihei Award (2002)

The Photographic Society of Japan, the Rookie of the Year Award (2002)

Grand Prix Prize, The Guardian Garden’s 9th Hitotsubo Award (1997)




  • 2019

  • When I was seven., HeHe

  • 2018

  • A New Day, Kyuryudo

  • 2017

  • Halo (Aperture, NY / HeHe, Tokyo / Editions Xavier Barral, Paris)

  • 2016

  • The river embraced me (torch press)

  • 2014

  • kirakira ( with Leiko Ikemura, NOHARA)

    Gift ( with Terri Wifenback, IMA Photobooks)

  • 2013

  • SHEETS (kominek)

    Ametsuchi (Aperture, NY / Seigensha, Tokyo)

  • 2012

  • Light and Shadow (Rinko Kawauchi Office, Tokyo)

    Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow (Seigensha, Tokyo)

  • 2011

  • Illuminance (Aperture, NY / kehrer verlag, Germany / Editions Xavier Barral, Paris / POSTCART, Italy/ FOIL, Tokyo)

  • 2010

  • Murmuration (Photoworks, UK)

  • 2007

  • Semear (FOIL, Tokyo)

    Majun (FOIL, Tokyo)

  • 2006

  • Rinko Diary Ⅱ (FOIL, Tokyo)

    Rinko Diary (FOIL, Tokyo)

  • 2005

  • Cui Cui (FOIL + Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporaim + Actes Sud)

    the eyes, the ears, (FOIL, Tokyo)

  • 2004

  • AILA (FOIL, Tokyo)

  • 2003

  • blue (Petit Grand Publishing, Tokyo)

  • 2001

  • UTATANE (Little More, Tokyo)

    HANABI (Little More, Tokyo)

    HANAKO (Little More, Tokyo)


The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Shizuoka

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

Foundation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris

Huis Marseille, Amsterdam

Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

Montréal Museum, Montréal

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto