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Seiichi FURUYA was born in Izu, Japan, in 1950. After graduating from Tokyo Polytechnic University in 1973, he left the port of Yokohama to travel to Europe on the Trans-Siberian Railway. He lived in Vienna until he moved to Graz in 1975. There he met Christine Gössler (born 1953) in February 1978. The couple married in May of the same year. Their son, Komyo Klaus, was born in 1981. In 1982, they moved to Vienna so that Christine could study drama. In 1984, Seiichi took a job as an interpreter and the family moved to Dresden, East Germany; and then in 1985, to East Berlin. 

In late 1982, Christine began to exhibit symptoms of schizophrenia. In 1983, she entered a hospital in Graz for treatment; she was forced to give up her drama studies, and from that time on was in and out of hospital regularly.  Shortly after noon on October 7th, 1985, the 36th anniversary of the founding of the German Democratic Republic, Christine threw herself from a window on the 9th floor of the tenement building where the family lived. Seiichi continued to work as an interpreter in East Berlin until 1987. Afterwards he returned to Graz, where he has lived with his son, Komyo, to this day. 

Since 1975, FURUYA has had numerous exhibitions, both in Japan and overseas, at such venues as: Forum Stadtpark (Graz, Austria), Winterthur Museum (Switzerland), Albertina Museum (Vienna, Austria), the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Mishima, Japan).  He has published several photo books featuring Christine, starting with his Mémoires 1978-1988 (Camera Austria, 1989) and continuing with Mémoires 1995 (Scalo Books, 1995), Christine Furuya-Gössler, Mémoires 1978-1985(Korinsha Press, 1997), Portrait (Fotohof, 2000), Last Trip to Venice (self-published, 2002) Mémoires 1983 (Akaaka Art Publishing, 2006).

What’s more, he has been active in a wide range of projects: he was one of the founders and editors of the photography magazine, Camera Austria, and has also curated exhibitions introducing Japanese photographers to Europe, such as Daido Moriyama, (Graz, 1980), Shomei Tomatsu: Japan 1952-1981 (Graz, 1984), Nobuyoshi Araki Akt-Tokyo, 1971-1991 (Graz, 1992), Keep in Touch. Positions in Japanese Photography (Graz, 2003).


Solo exhibitions:

 
2016 "Gravitation", Port 25-Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Mannheim
"Gravitation", Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin

2015

"Erinnerung - Kontrolle", Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Leipzig
"Was Wir sehen. Dresden 1984-85", Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
"GRAVITATION", Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Dresden

2014

"Wo die Wahrheit liegt", Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
"Die Nacht war ich da, an die Mauer gelehnt-", Mauer-Mahnmal im Deutschen Bundestag, Berlin (with Einar Schleef)

2013

"I prefer to be on this side", Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin

2012

"If when why", Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig
"Mémoires 1978-1988", Fotohof, Salzburg

2011

"Mémoires", Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin

2010

"Trace Elements", Nederlands Uitvaart Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam
"Mémoires.", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
"Aus den Fugen, 2010", Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Nagaizumi
"Mémoires.", Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto

2007

"Aus den Fugen", Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Nagaizumi
"im fluss", Rathole Gallery, Tokyo
"Mémoires 1983"”, Gallery Place M, Tokyo

2005

"Seiichi Furuya", foto-forum, Bozen

2004

"Seiichi Furuya", Albertina, Wien
"alive", Camera Austria-Kunsthaus, Graz

2003

"Seiichi Furuya", SCALO Gallery, Zürich
"Seiichi Furuya", Wekstadt Graz, Graz

2002

"Last Trip to Venice", Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo

2001

"Portrait", SCALO Gallery, Zurich
"Portrait", Camera Austria, Graz
"Christine", SCALO Gallery, New York
"Recent Work", Past Rays Gallery, Yokohama

2000

"Portrait", Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, St. Trophime, Arles
"Berlin-Ost 1985-1987", LA CAMERA, Tokyo

1998

"Mémoires", Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Nikon Salon, Osaka

1997

"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", PAST Rays Gallery, Yokohama
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Gallery Nayuta, Yokohama
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", J.M. Gallery, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Ebisu Studio Gallery, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", EGG Gallery, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Shinjuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Verso Photo Gallery, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
"Christine Furuya-Gössler 1978-1985", WORKS. H, Yokohama
"Mémoires", Robert Miller Gallery, New York

1995

"Mémoires", Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

1994

"Zu Hause in Berlin-Ost", Forum Stadtpark, Graz
"Vertreiben-Flüchten", ZEIT-FOTO SALON, Tokyo
"Border/Borderless", Fotohof, Salzburg

1991

"Staatsgrenze", The Brno House of Arts, Brno
"Mémoires", Parco Gallery, Tokyo
"Mémoires", exposure, Tokyo

1990

"Mémoires", Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna
"Mémoires", Perspektief, Rotterdam

1989

"Mémoires", Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz

1987

Staatsgrenze", Galerie Faber, Vienna

1984

"AMS", Galerie Gabriel, Vienna

1983

"Mythos und Ritual", steirischer herbst '83, Kulturhaus Graz, Graz
"Staatsgrenze", Galerie 7-Stern, Steyr

1982

"AMS", Nagase Photo Salon, Tokyo
"AMS", Canon Photo Gallery, Amsterdam

1980

"AMS", Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1979

"Portraits von Christine", Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1978

"Seiichi Furuya", Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

1977

"Seiichi Furuya", Fotogalerie Koper, Koper

1976

"Seiichi Furuya", Fotogalerie FOCUS, Ljubljana

1975

"199 Fotos", Fotogalerie im Schillerhof, Graz

 


Group exhibitions:

2017 "Raum und Fotografie", Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
"Blick Verschiebung", ZKR-Zentrum für Kunst und Öffentlichen Raum Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin
"Japanese Photographers", Maison europeenne de la photographie, Paris

"Austria Photography 1970-2000", Albertina, Wien
"Staatsgrenze 1981-1983", Stadtmuseum Hartberg, Hartberg
"Acting for the Camera", Albertina, Wien
"Austria Facing", Salzburg Museum, Salzburg
2016 "Land & Leute", Albertina, Wien
"Klasse Kunst V. Gemischte Gefühle", Landesgalerie Linz
"Behold the Man", Museum De Fundatie, Zwolle
"Nouvelles de l'île des bienheureux- Art et culture en Autriche depuis le 19e siècle“, Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg
"Black & White. Highlights aus der Fotosammlung der Albertina, Albertina, Wien
"Und pölzlich diese Weite", Sprengel Museum Hannover
"Gravitation", Werkstadt Graz, Graz
"Ende vom Lied", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
"Geschenkt – Gekauft – Gefunden, Neuzugänge in der Sammlung Fotografie 2005-2015", Münchener Stadtmuseum, München
"Staatsgrenze 1981-1983", ORF-Landesstudio Steiermark-Funkhausgalerie, Graz
"MOT-Annual 2016: Lose Lips Save Ships", Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo
"About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
"In and/or out", Grisebach, Düsseldorf
2015 "Black & White", Albertina, Vienna
"Dinge bewegen", Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
"SITUATION" #24, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

2014


"Grenzfälle. Eiserner Vorhang", Landesgalerie LInz, Linz
"Punctum", Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
"The New Humanists: Hybirds in Purgatory", Autocenter, Berlin
"Morning and Evening Asylum", Tanya Leighton. Berlin + Off Vendome, Düsseldorf

2013

"Double Bound Economies", Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
"Flowers & Mushrooms", Museum der Moderne-Moenchsberg, Salzburg
"Collection on Display IV/The Magic of the Object", Museum der Moderne-Rupertinum, Salzburg
"Re-encounters/Izu Photo Museum Collection", Izu Photo Museum, Nagaizumi
"AGES, Portraet vom Aelterwerden", Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung, Koeln; Landesgalerie Linz am Oberoesterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz
"DIE WELT VON HANS FRANK ", Photomuseum Bad Ischl, Bad Isch
"Photos – Points of View in Austrian Photography from the 1930s until Today", 21er Haus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna

2012

"Private", Galerie Thomas Fischer, Berlin
"To Wander a Garden", Vangi Museo, Nagaizumi
"CONTEMPORARY STILL LIFE", Reinisch Contemporary, Graz
"ZOLLAMT", Bad Radkersburg

2011

"Playground and Battlefields", Pavillion Populaire, Montpelier

2010

"SHADOWS Works from the National Museum of Art", The National Art Center, Tokyo, Tokyo
"De la Cité internationale des Arts a la Maison Européenne de la Photographie", Cité internationale des Arts, Paris

2009

"Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild", kunsthalle Krems, Krems
"Darkside II – Fotografische Macht und fotografierte Gewalt, Krankheit und Tod", Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
"Fragility of Being.",National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romanian/Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

2008

"Trace Elements: Sprit and Memory in Japanese and Australian Photomedia", Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo. In 2009 at Performance Space, Sydney

2007

"The Naked Portrait", Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Ediburgh
"cross-border.Fotografie und Videokunst aus dem MUMOK Wien", Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
"Das Bild des Menschen. Fotografische Porträts aus 50 Jahren", Städtischen Galerie Traunstein
"Blicke, Passanten - 1930 bis heute. Aus der Fotosammlung der Albertina.", Albertina, Vienna
"Picturing Modernity", San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
"Rückblende. Die Fotosammlung der neuen galerie Graz", Neue Galerie Graz, Graz

2006

"In the Face of History: European Photographers in the 20th Century", Barbican Art Gallery, London
"Why pictures Now", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
"Modern Paradise", The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
"epSITE retrospective 1998-2006", epSITE, Tokyo
"Memory", Nikon Plaza Ginza, Tokyo

2005

"Sagamihara Awards", Shijuku Nikon Salon, Tokyo
"entwickelt", Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz
"DAS NEUE ÖSTERREICH", Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien“Simultan”, museum der moderne salzburg, Salzburg
"from east and west", shugoarts, Tokyo

2004

"Commonscapes", The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai, Miyagi
"Sagamihara Awards", Sagamihara Civic Gallery, Sagamihara 

2003

"COLD PLAY", Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

2002

"PERSONAL-POLITICAL"; NUMETNOSTNA GALERIJA MARIBOR, Maribor.
Gallery of Contemporary Art Celje, Celje

2001

"Enduring Love", Gasser Grunert Gallery, New York
"The Model Wife", The Art Institute of Chicago/The Cleveland Museum of Art
"The Contemporary Art Biennial of Lyon", Lyon
"Unique sign - Unique location", Kunstlerhaus, Graz
"PERSONAL-POLITICAL"; CANKARJEV DOM, Ljubljana

2000

"The Model Wife", Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
"OPEN ENDS", Museum of Modern Art, New York

1999

"Love's Body", SUNTORY MUSEUM, Osaka.

1998

"photographic diaries", Art Pavilion, Zagreb
"Love's Body", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo

1997

"Kunst der Banalen", Stadtmuseum, Graz
"CHIMAERA", Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle
"The Artist & An Urban Environment", Art Gallery Sovenj Gradec

1995

"Antagonismes", Musée de l'Elyseé, Lauanne/Centre national de la Photographie, Paris
"New Japanese Photography", Civic Art gallery, Yokohama
"KONZEPT", Art Pavillion, Zagreb

1994

"Zu Hause in Berlin-Ost", Galeria mesta bratislavy, Bratislava
"Vertreiben-Flüchten", Nederlands Foto instituut, Rotterdam
"Fisch & Fleisch", Kunst Halle Krems, Krems

1993

"Border/Borderless", Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
"Krieg", Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
"Flesh and Blood", Kilkady Museum, Scotland
"Stadtpark 1", 1600 Smith in Cullen Center, Houston

1992

"Zeitgenössische Photographie aus der Sammlung des Museums moderner Kunst in Wien", Slowakische Nationalgalerie, Bratislava
"Stadtpark eins", Institut Autrichien, Paris

1991

"Peripherie", Haus der Architektur, Graz

1990

"Zeichen im Fluss", Museum des 20. Jahrfunderts, Vienna
"Opposition", Fotografie Biënnale Rotterdam II, Rotterdam

1989

"Zwischen Himmel und Erde", Stadtmuseum, Graz
"Stadtpark eins", Villete in Cham, Zug

1988

"Questioning Europe", Fotografie Biënnale Rotterdam I, Rotterdam
"Die Rache der Erinnerung", Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1985

"Six Austrian Photographers", Aribtrage Gallery, New York

1984

"Neue Fotografie aus Wien", Galerie gabriel, Vienna

1983

"Portraits", Fotogareria Forum, Tarragona
"Geschichte der Fotografie in Österreich", Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna

1982

"Lichtbildnisse", Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
"Neue Fotografie aus Österreich", Galerie Annasäle, Innsbruck

1981

"Erweiterte Fotografie", Wiener Secession, Vienna
"Europäische Fotografie II", Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1980

"Europäische Fotografie", Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1979

"5 Jahre Fotografie im Forum Stadtpark", Forum Stadtpark, Graz




Books:

AMS
: Text by Klaus Honnef, Edition Camera Austria, Graz, 1981

Mémoires:Texts by Monika Faber, Werner Fenz, Christine Frisinghelli and Wilfried Skreiner, Edition Camera Austria/Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, 1989

Seiichi Furuya, Mémoires 1995: Texts by Urs Stahel and Toshiharu Ito, Scalo, Zürich, 1995

Christine Furuya-Gössler, Mémoires, 1978-1985: Text by Seiichi Furuya, Korinsha, Kyoto, 1977

Portrait: Text by Monika Faber, Edition Fotohof, Salzburg, 2000

Last Trip to Venice: Text by Seiichi Furuya, Graz, 2002 (private product)

alive: Text by Monika Faber, Scalo, Zürich, 2004

Mémoires 1983: Text by Christine Furuya-Gössler, Seiichi Furuya, Akaaka, Kyoto, 2006

Aus den Fugen: Text by Masashi Kohara, Akaaka, Tokyo, 2007

Mémoires. 1984-1987: Text by Einar Schleef, Izu Photo Museum/Camera Austria, Shizuoka/Graz, 2010

Staatsgrenze 1981-1983: Text by Seiichi Furuya, Spector Books/Izu Photo Museum, Leipzig/Shizuoka, 2014

WARUM DRESDEN: Text by Manfred Wiemer, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017

Why Dresden: Text by Manfred Wiemer, Spector Books, Leipzig, 2017


Awards/Scholarships:

1989  European Kodak Book Award for “Mémoires”, Germany
1990  Society of Photography Award, Tokyo, Japan
1992  Higashikawa Newcomer's Award, Higasikawa, Japan
1993  Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography, Graz, Austria
1995  State Scholarship for stay in Paris, Austria
1996  State Scholarship for Art Photography, Austria
1999  Rupertinum Award, Salzburg, Austria
2002  Ina Nobuo Award, Tokyo, Japan
2004  Tribute awards of the State Secretary for the Arts and the Media, Austria
2004  Sagamihara Award, Sagamihara, Japan
2006  State Scholarship for stay in Paris, Austria
2007  Society of Photography Award, Tokyo, Japan

Public collections:

Albertina Museum, Vienna
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Bundeskanzleramt, Wien
Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
Direction de la Culture, Ville de Montpellier
Fotomuseum, Winterthur
Higashikawa City, Higashikawa
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien
Münchner Stadtmuseum, München
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
Ösrerreichische Fotogalerie/Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz
REFCO COLLECTION, Chicago & New York
Rupertinum, Salzburg
Sagamihara City, Sagamihara
Sammlung der Stadt Graz, Graz
Sammlung der Kulturvermittelung Steiermark, Graz
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
The Municipal Archive Amsterdam, Amsterdam
*Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo
Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Nagaizumi


 
Tokyo 2007