Mitsutoshi Hanaga



Born in Otsuka, Tokyo.Japan.


Graduated from Bunka Gakuin Art Department. Published photographs about social problems, avant-garde artworks and performances in photo magazines and art magazines. Since ‘60, he had actively taken documentary photo of young artists, small theater movement, Butoh(Contemporary Japanese dance), environmental pollution, and student protest.


Published photos of young artists in “Life” and “Life International”.


Exhibit photographs in Festival d’Avignon in France.


Invited to photograph exhibition at Pompidou Centre in Paris.


Solo exhibition at Paris headquarters of UNESCO.

Group exhibition at Gallery White in Israel.

Invited to Venice Biennale of Video.


Participate in Butoh festival.

Invited to Horizont Festival in Berlin.


Died in December.


Art Fair Tokyo 2014 OUTLINE (Booth:L46, Gallery Kochuten, Aoyama Meguro) Introduced his documentary works at the exhibition, “Total Recall – works of Mitsutoshi Hanaga- ( 1959-1999 )”
Mitsutoshi Hanaga, GALLERY KOCHUTEN, Nagoya


An exhibition, “Mitsutoshi HANAGA: The documentation photography of the Japanese avant-garde art and performance (1964-1973)” was held at Aoyama Meguro.
His works were exhibited in the exhibition titled “Performing Arts in Asia” held at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, Korea.
Also exhibited in the exhibition “The EY Exhibition: The World Goes Pop” held at Tate Modern, London during 2015 and 2016.


His works were exhibited in the exhibition “Butoh Photography” held at Weltkunstzimmer, Dusseldorf.
Also exhibited in “The Emergence of the Contemporary: Avant-Garde Art in Japan, 1950-1970” held at Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro.
A book written by Reiko Tomii “Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan” (Cover photo: Mitsutoshi Hanaga) was published by The MIT Press.
Further, his works are scheduled to be exhibited in an exhibition at Fri Art: Centre d’art de Fribourg in Switzerland.
“Mitsutoshi Hanaga Archives Project” Aoyama Meguro, Tokyo
releasing a new book: “Mitsutoshi Hanaga 一〇〇〇”
“ART PHOTO TOKYO -edition zero-” Kayabacho, Tokyo


“ART FAIR TOKYO 2017” Aoyama Meguro x Gallery Kochuten Booth
“Mitsutoshi Hanaga 1000” NADiff A/P/A/R/T, Ebisu, Tokyo
“Paris Internationale 2017” Aoyama Meguro Booth
“Mitsutoshi Hanaga 1000 in Paris” Aoyama Meguro Yoroido