Yoshihiro Suda

June 13 until September 5, 2015

We are pleased to announce the opening of  a solo exhibition by Japanese artist Yoshihiro Suda on June 12, 2015.

Yoshihiro Suda is known for his wood sculptures of flowers and plants. In his installations, he works with the Japanese notion of "ma", which comprises a whole range of meanings, from “nothing” to “in between,” “relationship”, “gap,” all the way to “something.”

Suda places his carved wood sculptures – flowers, branches, and grass – at unusual places in the exhibition space, which thus in its entirety becomes part of the artistic concept, directing our attention to the fact that we might overlook something. Using techniques of ancient crafts reminiscent of the old masters, Suda creates sculptures whose motifs have been familiar since antiquity. With his exhibitions, he forms sites where nature is at one with art, and where we find simple beauty in ordinary things.

It is the interplay of reflection about the transformation of a natural model into an artistic object, the spatial shift from nature to the interior of a gallery, and the unusual positioning of said object in the space – all that in the context of the Japanese philosophy of "ma".

In parallel to the exhibition at Loock Galerie, Suda created an intervention at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie as part of the exhibition "Wie aus dem Gesicht geschnitten. Van Dyck und das druckgraphische Porträt in Antwerpen" running from June 4 to September 27, 2015 at Kupferstichkabinett Berlin.

From September 19, 2015 to January 10, 2016, Yoshihiro Suda will be part of the exhibition "Zehn Räume, drei Loggien und ein Saal" at Sprengel Museum Hannover, celebrating the inauguration of the museum’s new extension. An entire room of the building will be devoted to Suda’s works.


Yoshihiro Suda (*1969) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. In recent years, his works were exhibited at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Städel Museum Frankfurt, Lenbachhaus München, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Permanent works are installed at Neues Museum, Nürnberg and Art House Project “Gokaisho” in Naoshima.