Umeda Tetsuya

On the origin of voices


UMEDA Tetsuya is an artist who shows installations with lights, sound and movements, consisting of everyday items, scraps and things found in the venue, and performance works engaging audience with his interactive piece both in and outside of Japan and receives considerable acclaim internationally.

What’s found in the base of his activities crossing genres such as music, visual art and theatrical performance are his understanding of them as not-separated artforms and continuous study about the possibility of connecting physical phenomena, art and living life together and practice.
On November 3rd, it will be the 40th anniversary of the inauguration of Fukuoka Art Museum that reopened on March 21st, 2019 after the renovation. It can be said that organizing Umeda’s solo show in such a time of celebration is a new challenge for our museum.
His method of bringing an artwork into existence, striving with established rules by intervening into architecture, equipment and, furthermore, institution, must shake stereotypes found in art museums and encourage you to reconsider art.

In this exhibition, Umeda’s installation works are shown at several spaces in the museum which is structured with both new and old elements.
You will be requested to look and listen carefully, to feel, to think and to imagine by his artworks.
What is it here now and what will be there next? How are they related to each other? What is not found here? What will be lost soon from here? And why is that?
The thoughts and imaginations led by Umeda’s artworks shall link not only to daily life but also to the future and history of art (museums) and to the origin and distant future which are much beyond our imagination as well.


Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 13, 2020

Fukuoka Art Museum, Modern & Contemporary Gallery B (2nd floor) etc.
Mondays (except for Nov. 4 and Jan. 13), Nov. 4 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.
*Closed on Nov. 26, due to maitenance of Collection Galleries: Modern and Contemporary Art A-C.
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Last admission at 5:00 p.m.)
*Some of Umeda's artworks can be viewed after the museum closes at 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Organized by Fukuoka Art Museum
Supported by Japan Art Council, The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, The Saison Foundation
Cooperation with Ota Fine Arts, Kobe Art Village Center

Adults: 200 yen (150 yen)
High school and university students: 150 yen (100 yen)
Junior high school students and younger children: Free

  • Prices in parentheses are for visitors in a group of 20 or more.
  • You can see the collection exhibitions for with this ticket.
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Fukuoka Art Museum
1-6 Ohori Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka prefecture, 810-0051 Japan
Phone: +81-(0)92-714-6051
Fax: +81-(0)92-714-6071


In the exhibition space in the back of Modern and Contemporary Art B Gallery, there is a limitation of number of visitors at one time with divided open times. For making sure to enter the space in the time you wish, please make a reservation on the reservation page.
*Reservations will be open by the previous day.
Let us kindly suggest to allow yourself to have enough time to view this exhibition.

Reservation page
photo by Bea Borgers

Tesuya Umeda

Umeda produces installations that are inspired by and incorporate existing elements from the environment and circumstances surrounding the exhibition space including its architectural structure. In addition to exhibitions in museums and art institutions, he has produced numerous site-specific works in the context of both urban and natural spaces. He has also presented works at performing arts festivals, such as stage works that place focus on theater functions, as well as chorus project without center point. He has taken part in numerous international art exhibitions including, “Reborn-Art Festival” 2019 (Miyagi, Japan), “2018 Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival” (Taitung), “Sapporo International Arts Festival 2017” (Hokkaido, Japan). His solo exhibitions include, “See, Look at Observed what Watching is” (Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, USA, 2016). Umeda has presented performance works such as “Composite: Variations/Circle” (Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2017, Brussels, Belgium), “INTERNSHIP” (Asia Cultural Center, Gwangju, South Korea, 2016), “INTERNSHIP” (TPAM 2018, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater, Yokoham, Japan).


Performance “Gallery Tour,
Umeda Tetsuya x Fukuoka Art Museum”

Guest performers
Heine Avdal, Shinozaki Yukiko, Leo, Miyu, Neji Pijin, Miyata Kumpei and others

Date & Hours
One day only on Friday, December 27th, 2019

Starting at
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
(A performance in each time slot will last approximately 45 minutes)

Capacity for each time slot

Pre-registration is necessary. Receiving applications will start from November 27th, and they will be accepted as long as there are any openings still left.

Heine Avdal, Shinozaki Yukiko
Heine Avdal, Shinozaki Yukiko
Leo, Miyu
Neji Pijin
Neji Pijin / photo: Rody Shimazaki
Miyata Kumpei
Miyata Kumpei


Umeda Tetsuya  On the origin of voices
2020, 96pages, 1,300yen
Edited and Text by Shoji Sachiko (Fukuoka Art Museum)
Designed by Onaka Shunsuke (Calamari Inc.)
Photos by Yamanaka Shintaro (Qsyum!)
Translated by Tokunaga Akio(Fukuoka Art Museum), Christopher Stephens
Printed by Nishinippon SHimbun Insatsu Corporation
Published by Fukuoka Art Museum


Floor Plan|List of Works
Installation View
On the origin of voices
Wall is over
Breath / Almost forgot everything
Voice / Declare Independence
Democratiizing, Inclusive, and Polyphonic Spaces: Umeda Tetsuya On the origin of voices|Shoji Sachiko
Gallery Tour: Umeda Tetsuya × Fukuoka Art Museum
Exhibition Information