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  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Amedeo Benestante
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
  • Associazione Shozo Shimamoto photo Fabio Donato
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The Shozo Shimamoto Association was founded in Italy and Japan in 2007 by Rosanna Chiessi, Laura Montanari and Giuseppe Morra with the aim of promoting and supporting the artistic research of Shozo Shimamoto, not only through the production of catalogues, videos and documentaries, but also by holding some of the performances that have made him world famous. Along with this artistic production, the Shozo Shimamoto Association has engaged in a critical and historiographical study of the Master's work, as well as the organisation and management of a general archive, also thanks to the help of Andrea Mardegan working in Japan. 
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Years 2000

A large-scale performance in France, sponsored by the Felissimo Museum, creating an enormous surface out of sheets of newspaper from all over the world which he strikes with balloons filled with paint thrown from a hot air balloon. One of the works produced during the performance is displayed at the Unesco Head Office in Paris.
The Nishinomiya Yacht Harbour hosts the beginning of the work entitled A Proof of Peace, which will be a monument on the site for 100 years.

Invited to the London "Japan Year". Some of his works are purchased by the Tate Modern.
Takes part in the exhibition "Le Tribù dell'Arte" by Achille Bonito Oliva at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome.

Takes part in the artistic event "Who's Norma Jeane?" organised by the Primrose Gallery, London.

Invited to the 50th Venice Biennial presenting the Brain Academy Apartment International Project.
Again in Italy he takes part in "Skin Deep" at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - MART, in Rovereto and at the "Living Theatre/Labirinti dell'Immaginario by Lorenzo Mango and Giuseppe Morra at Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples.

Performance with a helicopter, organised by our Association, “Association bbcc Onlus (ABCOnlus)” and was organized by the architect Luigi de Marchi,as a pre-event prior to the 2005 Venice Biennial.
Solo exhibition at the Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Mauro Pesaro in Venice, with the support of’Architect Luigi de Marchi, president of “ABCOnlus”, where he does a performance entitled Nyotaku. Three of the works produced were purchased by the Gallery.

For the second time in Italy he does a performance in Trevi where he throws paint from a helicopter, and a solo exhibition is dedicated to him at the Flash Art Museum, organised by Guglielmo di Mauro.
Solo exhibition in May at Atelier 25 in Reggio Emilia, together with the Associazione Pari & Dispari.
Takes part in the exhibition "Un cuscino per sognare" promoted by the Reggio Emilia City Council in cooperation with the Archivio Pari & Dispari, then at Palazzo Casotti with Nano Art, the smallest work of art in the world, on the hairs of a toothbrush. Participates in two exhibitions: "Senza Confine" at the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, and "Gutai e AU" at the Spazio Fisico gallery in Modena.

Invited to show ten of his works and two reconstructions of Please, walk on here at the "Zero. Avant-garde Internationale des années 1950-60" collective, then at the Kunst Palast Museum in Düsseldorf and later at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint Etienne.
Naples: in the historical Piazza Dante, the event-performance A weapon of Peace: lifted into the air by a crane he holds a small sphere full of coloured paint that he throws onto the canvas with a seraphic gesture. The action is accompanied by the music of Charlemagne Palestine. The performance is followed by the "Shozo Shimamoto. Opere anni '50-'90" exhibition at the Fondazione Morra. Invited by the Chinese Government to hold performances in Beijing and Chang Xing.

He shows forty works dating from the Gutai period up to the present day at the "Shozo Shimamoto: Action Colors 1950-2006" exhibition at the Pier Giuseppe Carini Gallery in San Giovanni Valdarno.
Kobe Fashion Museum: the Felissimo WHITE PROJECT performance. The works created are displayed at the Hyogo Prefectural Diplomatic Establishment and at the Kobe Fashion Museum.
P3 Project for the Venice Biennial; Bottle Crash performance at the cloister of San Nicolò, organized in collaboration with the architect Luigi de Marchi president of “ABCOnlus”. Involved in the organisation of an event in Beijing: "Art Challenged Project", with a number of disabled artists from Japan.
A few of his more representative works displayed at the collective "Artempo" organised by Mattijs Visser and Axel Vervoordt at the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice.

On 7 May he does a performance at Punta Campanella, Naples, involving a group of dancers dressed as brides with their heads covered with glasses full of paint.
On 9 May he does a performance in the cloister of the Certosa di San Giacomo on Capri throwing paint onto eight canvases stretched out on the ground and two double basses beside them, covered in music scores and held up by two young women. Again at the Certosa di San Giacomo on Capri he exhibits a number of his works at the exhibition "Vento d'Oriente".
At Museo Magi ‘900 in Pieve Di Cento (BO): Shozo Shimamoto/Yasuo Sumi - Colours of Peace, with a performance in the Modigliani room at the Museum.
13 November 2008 at the Museo d' Arte Contemporanea at Villa Croce, Genoa.“Shozo Shimamoto. Samurai, acrobata dello sguardo”, by Achille Bonito Oliva.

For Roma. Road to Contemporary Art: two works in different exhibitions:
- Hofficina d’Arte, by Achille Bonito Oliva;
- Palazzo Barberini, “Cose mai viste II” by Achille Bonito Oliva, dedicated to works from the artists' private collections.
- Palazzo delle Esposizioni, with the Fondazione Morra, the Archivio Pari & Dispari and the Associazione Shozo Shimamoto.
Collective exhibition “Madre Coraggio: l’arte” by Achille Bonito Oliva as part of the Ravello Festival.
Solo exhibition at the “VV8 arte contemporanea” Gallery in Reggio Emilia, in cooperation with the Associazione Shozo Shimamoto, entitled “La danza del colore”, with a performance by the choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti and four dancers from the Fondazione Nazionale di Danza Aterballetto who bring to life the wedding dresses made by Shimamoto for the action in Punta Campanella.

Sculptures and large canvases from the performances in Venice, Punta Campanella, Capri and Genoa displayed at the Basilica of Santo Stefano in Bologna for Arte Fiera OFF in an exhibition organised by Achille Bonito Oliva.
Solo exhibition at the “Nicola Pedana” gallery in Caserta.
Solo exhibition at the Fondazione Morra in Naples. Together with large-scale works, there are two video projections by Mario Franco documenting the Piazza Dante performance in Naples (2006) and that of Punta Campanella.
Invited to carry out two performances at the Moderna Museet of Stockholm, Sweden for the event “AN EXPERIMENTAL CONFERENCE ON ART AND SCIENCE TO CHALLENGE THE MID-SUMMER SUN” where he reinterprets the cannon performance of 1956 and the stage performance of 1957.

From March 14 to May 5 2012 a personal exhibition “SHOZO SHIMAMOTO” at the Axel Vervoordt Gallery of Antverp (Belgium)

Shozo Shimamoto died on January 25, 2013 in Osaka. The association continues its activity, acting in his name by protecting and promoting Shimamoto’s image.