Tadashi Kawamata was born in 1953 on the island of Hokkaido. He has exhibited in major international museums in Japan, Europe and America including the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen and the Meguro Museum of Art in Tokyo. He participated in the XV Venice Biennale, and was invited to documenta VIII and documenta IX. He currently lives and works between Tokyo and Paris. Professor at the University of Fine Arts in Tokyo from 1999 to 2005, he currently teaches at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. In 2005 he was appointed artistic director of the second Yokohama Triennial in Japan.
His recent projects brought him to France to participate in the ESTUAIRE Nantes artistic path in Saint-Nazaire, the first Biennial in Bordeaux, and in Japan for a personal retrospective at the museum of contemporary art in Tokyo. Recent exhibitions include solo shows in 2013 at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, at the Center Pompidou Metz in France in 2016, at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow in 2018 and at the MAAT Museum of Art Architecture and Technology in Lisbon in 2019.