Suda Yoshihiro: Mite Clematis

Dates: April 22–October 30, 2018

Organizers: Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum

Suda Yoshihiro explores the true meaning of admiring flowers at a garden museum where nature and art intersect

Suda Yoshihiro is an ambitious artist who has won acclaim both in Japan and overseas for his installations featuring sculptures of flowers and plants so skillfully crafted they could be mistaken for the real thing. A self-taught wood sculptor, Suda has reproduced various flora by delicately carving thin petals, leaves and tendrils from magnolia wood and hand-painting them. Placing a work of Suda’s depicting just a single flower or small weed dramatically changes the appearance of an entire space, providing us with fresh surprises and subtly questioning the meaning of seeing itself.

Established as an annex to the museum, the Clematis Garden contains more than 2000 clematis representing some 250 varieties that bloom throughout the year, lending color to the garden in every season. For Suda, clematis is also a flower with boundless appeal, and visitors will be able to see many recent works based on the plant. Produced after careful observation of the subjects fueled by a fascination with their history as a garden plant and their physical beauty, Suda’s clematis cannot help but appeal to our sense of beauty. Since ancient times, people have been captivated by and appreciated nature, have been inspired by it to produce culture, and have enjoyed artworks derived from it. In this place where nature and art intersect, Suda’s artworks, born out of the close observation and study of plants, are sure to present to us a fresh perspective on this time-honored relationship. We invite you to experience this contest between the real clematis in the garden and the reproductions in the museum, both blooming in full glory.

  • Montana, 2018, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

  • Clematis, 2017, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

  • Tessen, 2012, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

  • Tessen, 2012, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro photo: Kei Okano

  • Weeds, 2008, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

  • Weeds, 2017, painted on wood © Suda Yoshihiro Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Hours: Apr–Aug 10:00-18:00 / Sep–Oct 10:00-17:00 (entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing) Closed on Wednesdays (except May 2 and August 15)
Support: Gallery Koyanagi
Admission: Adults ¥1,200 (¥1,100)/ High School and College Students ¥800 (¥700)/ Elementary and Junior High School Students Free ※rates in parenthesis for groups of 20 people or more


  • Suda Yoshihiro

    Born in Yamanashi in 1969, lives and works in Tokyo. Suda completed his B.A. in 1992 at Tama Art University. Visiting Professor, Tama Art University.
    Major solo shows of his work have been held at Yu-Hsiu Museum of Art (Nantou, Taiwan, 2017), Chiba City Museum of Art (2012), The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology (Krakow, Poland, 2011), Gallery Koyanagi (Tokyo, 2010, 2007, 1999, 1997), Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (Kagawa, 2006) and “Three Individuals” at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2006).
    Major group exhibitions include “Jardins” at Galeries nationales, Grand Palais (Paris, France, 2017), “Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s 90th Anniversary Exhibition, Dialogue with Trees: Five Stories of Rebirth and Renewal,” at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (2016), “The International Biennale of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias,” Cartagena (Colombia, 2014), “Mono No Aware, Beauty of Things: Japanese Contemporary Art” at The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (Russia, 2013), “18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations,” Sydney (Australia, 2012), “To Wander a Garden” at Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Shizuoka, 2012).