Simon Fujiwara

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Simon Fujiwara, 2016

Simon Fujiwara (born September 10, 1982 in Harrow, United Kingdom) is a British/Japanese artist.

His works range from paintings and photographs to installations, film and sculptures. They are shown all around the world, for example in the Tate Modern in London, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin und the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery.

In 2016 Simon Fujiwara showed shaved furs of animals in Tokyo, a sad hommage to the philosophy of time in Brussels with grandfather clocks fixed at the ceiling and chains hanging down, a multimedial biography of the Irish "traitor" Roger Casement in Dublin[1] und the skin pigments of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, magnified by the factor of 1,000, in Berlin.[2] In Bregenz (Austria) he built a replica of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

Fujiwara sees his art as a mixture of politics, architecture and his own biography. In the Tate St. Ives for example he reconstructed the bar of a hotel his parents ran in Spain when Simon was little. He charged the scene with erotic elements.[3]

Fujiwara's 9m A Spire (2015), in cast jesmonite, at the University of Leeds[4][5]


Simon Fujiwara was born in the London suburb of Harrow. His family (the mother British, the father Japanese) moved to Japan, later to Spain and finally to Cornwall, where Simon discovered his sense for art. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and, from 2005 until 2008, art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He lives in Berlin.

Exhibitions and Reviews[edit]


  1. ^ Off Topic podcast: Roger Casement biopic, Assassin’s Creed and the future of libraries, Irish Times, May 20, 2016
  2. ^ Birgit Sonna: Interview with Simon Fujiwara on Merkels Puderdose in Art Magazin, June 2016 Archived 2016-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Tate St. Yves, 2012
  4. ^ "A Spire - Laidlaw Library". Projects. Mike Smith Studio. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Public Art Trail" (PDF). University of Leeds. Retrieved 22 July 2019.