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Meeting House

Christian Hidaka

From Saturday 9 March to Sunday 19 May 2013

The Synagogue de Delme contemporary art centre is pleased to present Christian Hidaka's first solo exhibition at an art centre in France.

By exploring landscape painting, Christian Hidaka succeeds in renewing a very old genre in a very unique manner. In Delme, he is presenting several facets of the work he has been developing over the past ten years, which combines several motifs: deserts, caves and mountains. These create sprawling, unreal mental labyrinths, in which the eye meanders endlessly.

The breathtaking diversity of pictorial styles and techniques used by Christian Hidaka is the expression of an incredible independence of spirit, an intense, communicative joy of creation that has the power to send us on inner journeys, where painting serves as a passage.

Christian Hidaka's works draw from a thousand different sources. Japanese landscapes, science fiction worlds, psychedelia, surrealism, Renaissance painting... go beyond their apparent antagonisms to construct a representation of the world that has the ring of a promise of reconciliation.

Though his world is sometimes similar to a gentle hallucination, that is likely to make us forget reality, a threat intrudes here and there, like a call to order. The ambiguity of his compositions suggests that landscapes are just as much projections of inner subjectivity as they are places of confrontation, territories overrun by violence, war, conquest and appropriation, ground on which to leave an imprint.

The artist tirelessly observes the signs and marks that cultures sketch on their landscapes as they transform them. What do these signs tell us? What are they traces of? Whether we are roaming nature, walking through shopping centres or wandering around virtual worlds produced by the digital industry, we are given an incalculable number of interweaved cultural forms, codes and stories to glimpse.

Having no horizon or vanishing point, Christian Hidaka's paintings seem like they could go on endlessly, beyond the limits of the canvas, and they speak to us of a world whose non-linear chronology turns in on itself rather than pointing towards a hypothetical end.


Marie Cozette



Born in 1977 in Noda, Japan, Christian Hidaka lives and works in London, UK.
He is represented by the Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Souvenir, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France

Red Desert, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
Waterfall At The Top Of The River, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France

Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


Selected Group Exhibitions

The Stairs, Algus Greenspon Gallery, New York, USA
On the Beach, Galerie Commune, Tourcoing, France 
BY_YOU_BY_ME_BY_WE, Twelve Around One, London, UK

In the Gardens, Utopian Slumps, Melbourn, Australia
THE FUTURE CAN WAIT: Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, Californie, USA Walking Through... MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg 

La gamme Pérouse, MOHLL148, Aubervilliers, France
John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Summertime Love, Michel Rein, Paris, France 
Panorama, Michel Rein, Paris, France 
The Library of Babel- In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Eat Me-Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA
Elements of Nature, The Weisman Art Museum, California, USA

Park Avenue, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
Imaginary Realities, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK
INSIDEOUT, Gallery Moriarty, Madrid, Spain
Pavillon du Royaum-Uni, Biennale de Pékin, Beijing, China
Art and Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Roseville Arts!, Roseville, California, USA
Reflections from the Artist’s Eye: Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art
, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, USA