HOW Art Museum is pleased to present Metropolis, solo exhibition by renowned Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, from June 18, 2021. Hajime Sorayama’s work has exerted a wide and profound influence on fields such as advertising, design, film, street art and contemporary art since the 1970s. His ingenious use of airbrush has led to the creation of a series of metallic robots, revealing not only the artist’s aesthetic vision but also his insightful investigation into contemporary issues such as the boundaries of race, eternity of life and the complexity of technology and artificial intelligence.
As the first institutional solo exhibition of Hajime Sorayama in China, Metropolis presents works made by the artist from 1970s to now. A holistic picture of the artist’s decades of practice could be perceived from the exhibition through paintings, sculptures and installations selected to be presented. Moreover, some of his recent works will also be on view, including the painting work as a tribute to the classic sci-fi drama movie, Metropolis.
Hajime Sorayama (b. 1947, Takamatsu, Ehime, Japan) graduated from Chubi Central Art School in 1969, and had initially spent some time working with an advertising company. Since becoming freelance in 1972, he has established his position as a legendary artist both within Japan and abroad, armed with his astounding sense of realistic expressional techniques. Sorayama's extensive oeuvre that centers upon an on-going pursuit for beauty regarding the human body and the machine has continued to receive high international acclaim, and his signature body of work entitled, the "Sexy Robot" series (1978-) had served to established his world-wide reputation. In 1999, he won the Good Design Award (Ministry of Trade and Industry) and the Media Arts Festival Grand Prize (Agency of Cultural Affairs) for his work with Sony on the concept design for their entertainment robot 'AIBO.' In 2001 the first generation 'AIBO' was added to the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Sorayama is also renown for his collaboration with internationally famous rock band Aerosmith for the artwork on the cover of their 2001 album, “Just Push Play”.
In recent years, Sorayama’ s works have been presented in exhibitions including, “Unorthodox” (The Jewish Museum, New York, 2015), “Desire” (by Larry Gagosian and Jeffery Deitch, Moore building Miami, 2016), “The Universe and Art” (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2016 / Art Science Museum, Singapore, 2017), and his participation in a large scale group show “Cool Japan” (Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, 2018 / Museum aan de Stroom, Antwarpen, 2019).