Yasse Tabuchi

1921 – 2009

Yasse Tabuchi was born in 1921 in Kitakyûshû in the south of Japan. He pursued his studies in history of art at the Imperial University of Tokyo between 1946 and 1951. At the same time, he partook in numerous exhibitions from 1947 and won the Okada Prize in 1949. In 1950, he selected works to exhibit at the Salon de Mai in Tokyo. Fascinated by avant-garde painting, he decided to move to Paris in 1951. He joined the Sorbonne University Paris IV and met Alechinsky, Appel, Corneille and Asger Jorn and Hartung. From 1953 he exhibited at the Virtual Reality exhibition, and at the Salon de Mai from 1955.

Tabuchi’s curiosity to visit Europe continued to grow. He visited Denmark where he was captivated by Scandanavian archeology, and showcased his first solo exhibition at Copenhagen in 1954. A second solo exhibition followed in 1955 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels. He subsequently travelled to Holland and Germany, before composing his first exhibition organised by the Lucien Durand Gallery in 1956.

Through abandoning his surrealist tendencies in his canvases, Tabuchi perfectionned a poetic portrayal, mixing interior images and mystical emblems whilst alluding to these pictorial signs. His initial drawing style disappeared and his compositions consisted of colourful markings; “an explosion of vegatal and chromatic where the suppleness of the lines and shapes come together spontaneously to create a dynamic yet stable composition.” (Georges Boudaille, Yasse Tabuchi Exhibition: Cimaise March-April 1956).

In 1959 Tabuchi settled in the village of Vauhallan in the department of Essonne, where he lived and worked until his last years. He also opened another studio in Croisic in Brittany in 1987.
He returned to Japan in 1960 for a major exhibition at the Tokyo Gallery. He essentially freed himself from both occidental and oriental influences, creating and proving the vitality in his art. In 1964 he signed a contract with Jean Pollak, director of the prestigious Ariel Gallery in Paris. Tabuchi then published seven books on the subject of sensitivity and thoughts between the East and West. In 1985 he was awarded the medallion for Officer, Order of Arts and Letters (médaille d’Officier des Arts et des Lettres) in France. The artist passed away in 2009 in Vauhallan at the age of 88.


– 1954 Noa-Noa Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
– 1955 Galerie Creuze, Paris, France
– 1956 Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris, France
– 1956 Galerie Kleber, Paris, France
– 1960 Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
– 1961 Tokyo Gallery, Japan
– 1963 Leger Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
– 1965 Galerie Ariel, Paris, France
– 1970 Nova Spectra Gallery, La Haye, Holland
– 1982 Rétrospective au Musée municipal de Kitakyushu, Japan
– 1983 Galerie Motte, Geneva, Switzerland
– 1990 Retrospective at the National Museum of Tokyo, Japan
– 2002 Retrospective at the Kitakyushu City Museum, Japan
– Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan
– 2011 Galerie des Tuiliers, Lyon, France
– 2011 Exhibition at the Parc Caillebotte Museum, Yerres, France
– 2014 Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan


– 1953 Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France
– 1954 Exhibition at the Leverkusen Museum, Germany
– 1954 Club des Quatre-Vents à l’Académie Ranson, Paris, France
– 1955 Salon de Mai, Paris, France
– 1955 The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
– 1955 Sarrebruck Museum, Germany
– 1956 International exhibition of experimental Art, Anvers, Belgium
– 1957 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
– 1957 Royal Museum of Liège, Belgium
– 1958 Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Paris, (Musée d’Art Moderne), France
– 1958 Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
– 1958 Birch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
– 1958 Exhibition at the National Museum of Stockholm, Sweden
– 1961 6th Biennial of São‐Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
– 1964Birch Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
– 1965 Galliera Museum, Paris, France
– 1968 First Triennial of India, New Delhi, India
– 1979 National Museum of Art of Osaka, Japan
– 1996 Museum of Modern Art Kamakura, Japan


– Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
– Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
– Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
– National Museums: Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Japan
– Royal Museums of Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
– Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
– Departmental Museums of Japan: Fukuoka, Fukushima, Aïchi, Kanagawa, Tochigi, Toyama, Mie, Kamakura
– City Museums: Budova (Yugoslavia), Musée des Augustins (Toulouse), Verviers (Belgium), Silkeborg Kunstmuseum (Denmark), Malmö Konsthall (Sweden), Städtsches Museum (Leverkusen, Germany), Iwaki, Fukuoka, Shimonoseki, Kitakyushu, Nigata, Tokamatsu, Kakunodate, Oita, Osaka, Koriyama (Japan)
– Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan
– 20th Century Art Museum, Ikeda, Japan
– Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
– Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
– American Express Bank, Copenhagen, Denmark
– Philips Cultural Centre, Eindhoven, Germany

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