1916    
born as Inoue Yûichi on February 14th in Tokyo

1935-76    
works as primary school teacher

1942    
begins an eight year calligraphy training with Ueda Sôkyû

1951    
first exhibition of own calligraphic works in Tokyo

1952    
YU-ICHI founds the group “Bokujin-kai” (Ink People Society) with artist friends

1985    
died on June 15th


Institutional solo and group exhibitions
 (selection)

2018/2019
Epic Abstraction. Pollock to Herrera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (December 17, 2018 - )

2018
YU-ICHI INOUE, La calligraphie libérée (1916-1985), Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, France (September 29 - December 17, 2018)

2018
YU-ICHI INOUE, La calligraphie libérée (1916-1985), Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, Paris, France (July 12 - September 15, 2018)

2018
Julius Bissier and East Asia. The Realm of my Imagination, “Ausstellungshalle” in the Augustinermuseum, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany (May 19 – September 23, 2018)

2017
YU-ICHI, Nanjing Art University, China

2016
A Centennial Exhibition INOUE Yuichi, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan

2015
Calligraphic Abstraction, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

2015
The End of Modernity in Calligraphy: From Yuichi Inoue, Lee Ufan to Zhang Yu, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

2015
Far Yet Close: Calligraphy by Inoue Yuichi, Musée Tomo, Tôkyô, Japan

2015
Yuichi Inoue, Setouchi City Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan

2015
Buddha - 108 Encounteres, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

2013
Contemporary Art and Calligraphy - At the Nexus of Painting and Writing, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2013
Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

2012
Inoue Yuichi: Painting with All of One’s heart, and the Avantgarde Art of Calligraphy, Karuizawa New Art Museum, Karuizawa, Japan

2011
The Art of Writing, Kurhaus-Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

2010
Works with the Collection of Rolf Ricke, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany

2008
Works with the Collection of Rolf Ricke, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany

2008
Kanji Art of Inoue Yuichi, Shi Fang Art Museum, Zhengzhou, China

2007-08
Japan and the West, The Filled Void, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2005
Zeichen setzen - YU-ICHI / UECKER, Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany

2005
Letter . Symbol . Gesture, Carlfriedrich Claus in the context from Klee to Pollock, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Germany

2005
Inoue Yuichi, Hangzhou International Calligraphy Art Festival, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2003
Ineffably Beautiful, The Mystical Paradox in Twentieth Century Art, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

1999
YU-ICHI - 100 Works, Art Center Seoul, Korea

1995-96
YU-ICHI, Hin, Gallery of the Tianjin Renmin Meishu Chubanshe (Tianjin, People`s Republic of China); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany; Galerie im Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt, Germany

1995
YU-ICHI, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

1994-95
Screams against the Sky, Japanese Art after 1945. Modernism and Transition, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama; Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

1992
The Splendour of Poverty, Azabu Museum, Tôkyô, Japan

1989
YU-ICHI, Works 1955 - 1985, touring exhibition through six Japanese museums: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, Fukuoka; Niigata City Art Museum, Niigata; The Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art, Yamaguchi; The Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art, Ehime; Koriyama City Museum of Art, Fukushima

1987
YU-ICHI, Hundred Flowers, Parco Gallery, Tôkyô, Japan

1986
YU-ICHI, Farewell Thoughts, NEWS, Tôkyô, Japan

1986
YU-ICHI Lives, SEED Hall, Tôkyô, Japan

1984
YU-ICHI, Word Images, UNAC Tôkyô, Japan

1969
Modern World Art, National Museum of Modern Art, Tôkyô, Japan

1965
Inoue Yûichi, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

1963
Writing and Image, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany

1961
6th Biennale, São Paulo and Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (PA), USA

1959
documenta 2, Kassel, Germany

1958
50 ans d'art moderne, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

1957
4th Biennale in São Paulo, Brazil

1955-56
Abstract Art – Japan and the USA, National Museum for Modern Art, Tôkyô L'encre de chine dans la calligraphie et l'art japonais contemporains, touring exhibition for Amsterdam, Basel, Paris, Hamburg and Rome

1954
Modern Japanese Calligraphy, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

1951
First exhibition of own calligraphic works in Tôkyô, Japan


Publications (selection)

2016    
YU-ICHI INOUE – A Retrospective, 1955 - 1985, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

2015    
Far Yet Close: Calligraphy by Inoue Yuichi, Musée Tomo, Tôkyô, Japan

2015
Buddha - 108 Begegnungen, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt

2011    
Catalogue: "The Art of Writing", Kurhaus-Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden

2007    
Catalogue: "Japan and the West", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

2005    
Catalogue: "Zeichen setzen : Günther Uecker und Inoue Yu-Ichi", Langen Foundation, Neuss

2005
Catalogue: "Letter . Symbol . Gesture, Carlfriedrich Claus in the context from Klee to Pollock", Kunstsammlung Chemnitz

2003    
Catalogue / Book: "Ineffably Beautiful, The Mystical Paradox in Twentieth Century Art", Kunsthalle Erfurt

2001    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. II, UNAC Tokyo

2000    
Publication (in two volumes): International symposium "Wordworks for a New Millennium – YU-ICHI"

1999    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI - 100 Works", Art Center Seoul, Korea, June 1999 (Korean)

1998    
Publication: "HIN - Inoue Yûichi", ed. Unagami Masaomi, UNAC Tokyo (jap., engl.)

1998    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. I, UNAC Tokyo

1996    
YU-ICHI, Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. III, UNAC Tokyo

1996    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi: Sho no kaihô to wa", ed. Masaomi Unagami, publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1995-96    
Catalogue: YU-ICHI "HIN", Gallery of the Tianjin Renmin Meishu Chubanshe (Tianjin, VR China), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt und Galerie im Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt (ger., chin., engl.)

1995-96    
Leporello: "YU-ICHI, The Great Bombing of Tokyo", for the exhibition in the Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt am Main (jap. und ger.)

1995    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi, Tokyo daikûshû" ("Inoue Yûichi, The Great Bombing of Tokyo"), publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1995    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI", Kunsthalle Basel (ger.)

1994-95    
Catalogue: "Screams against the Sky, Japanese Art after 1945, Modernism and Transition", Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama; Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, und Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

1994    
Videofilm: "YU-ICHI - Scribo Ergo Sum", ed. UNAC Tokyo (ger., engl.)

1993    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works on Paper", Japan Art Galerie Frankfurt (ger., engl.)

1992    
Leporello: "The Splendour of Poverty", Azabu Museum, Tokyo

1991    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works 1955-85", "Ôkina Inoue Yûichi-ten" - touring exhibition through three Japanese museums, 1991 (reprint of the catalogue from 1989)

1989    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI, Works 1955-85", "Ôkina Inoue Yûichi-ten" National Museum of Modern Art, Kyôto, 1989 (jap., engl.)

1986    
Catalogue: "YU-ICHI – Farewell Thoughts", NEWZ, Tokyo

1982    
Publication: "Taka" - The work consists of a cardboard, slipcase, leporello book with six works of "Taka" by YU-ICHI on the one side and the novella "Taka" by Ôoka Shôhei on the other, as well as a record with the composition Kaikô ("Encounter") by Ichiyanagi Toshi and the reading of the novella "Taka" (speaker: Kishida Kyôko), publ. and prod. UNAC Tokyo (jap.)

1977    
Publication: "Inoue Yûichi no sho - Sho by YU-ICHI 49-77", ed. Masaomi Unagami, publ. UNAC Tokyo (jap., engl.).

1965    
Catalogue: "Inoue Yûichi", Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (ger.)


Public collections

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (Japan)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka (Japan)
The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (Japan)
The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (Japan)
The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art (Japan)
Niigata City Art Museum (Japan)
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (Japan)
Yamaguchi Prefectural Art Museum (Japan)
Chigasaki City Museum of Art (Japan)
Chiba City Museum of Art (Japan)
Matsumoto City Museum of Art (Japan)
Okazaki Mindscape Museum (Japan)
Today Art Museum, Beijing (China)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA)
Museum für ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne (Germany)
Langen Foundation, Neuss (Germany)
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (Germany)
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München (Germany)
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (Germany)
Museum Rietberg, Zürich (Switzerland)



2018/2019, Epic Abstraction. Pollock to Herrera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


2018, YU-ICHI INOUE, La calligraphie libérée (1916-1985), Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris



2018, The Realm of my Imagination. ulius Bissier and East Asia, Augustinermuseum, Freiburg, Germany


2017, Natur(en), Neuer Kunstverein Giessen, Germany


2017, Natur(en), Neuer Kunstverein Giessen, Germany


2016, YU-ICHI INOUE. 1955 – 1985, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan


2015, Far Yet Close: Calligraphy by Inoue Yuichi, Musée Tomo, Tokyo, Japan


2015, Yuichi Inoue, Setouchi City Museum of Art, Okayama, Japan


2015, Buddha – 108 Begegnungen, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt


2013, Sharjah Biennale 11, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate


2011, The Art of Writing, Kurhaus-Kolonnaden, Wiesbaden


Sammlung, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln


Sammlung, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin


2007, Japan und der Westen, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg


2005, Zeichen setzen - YU-ICHI / UECKER, Langen Foundation, Neuss


2005, Zeichen setzen - YU-ICHI / UECKER, Langen Foundation, Neuss


2005, Schrift . Zeichen . Geste, Kunstsammlung Chemnitz


2003, Unaussprechlich Schön, Kunsthalle Erfurt


2000, YU-ICHI Symposium, Kyoto, Japan



1995, Tôkyô


1995, Tôkyô


1995, Die Bombardierung Tôkyôs, Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main


1995, HIN, Werke 1954 bis 1982, Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt am Main


1995, YU-ICHI, Kunsthalle Basel


1994, Screams Against the Sky, Guggenheim Museum, New York


1992, Die Grossartigkeit der Armut, Azabu Museum, Tôkyô