Nakaya, Fujiko

Sapporo, Japan, 1933

Fujiko Nakaya | Artista | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa



Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and concentrates on video art during the early years of her career. Moves to New York in the mid-1960s, where she becomes involved with Experiments in Art and Technology, an organization founded by Robert Rauschenberg and engineer Billy Klüver, among others, for collaborative projects between artists and engineers.


Makes her first fog sculpture, in the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ’70 in Osaka. Fog will become a recurring element in her work; she will also work in video throughout her career.


The video work Statics of an Egg is exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during the Tokyo Biennial. Creates a fog environment for American composer David Tudor’s Island Eye Island Ear on the island of Knavelskar in Sweden.


Takes part in the Second Biennale of Sydney with the installation Fog Sculpture #94768: Earth Talk, for which she receives the Australian Cultural Award.


Participates in the Festival of Light, Sound and Fog in Tochigi, Japan, for which she creates the fog sculpture Kawaji, in collaboration with artist Bill Viola. Creates Cloud Installation #72405 for the Eleventh International Sculpture Conference in Washington, D.C. Creates Cloud Installation #72503: Opal Loop in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company.


Creates a fog sculpture for the Miyagi Museum of Art in Sendai, Japan. Joins the design team for Shah Alam Lake Park inMalaysia.


Creates the installation Fog Sculpture #94925: Foggy Wake in a Desert: An Ecospshere for the sculpture garden of the Australian National Gallery in Canberra. Stages Fog Performance #47590: Kata-no-taiko at Inter- Design ’82 in Central Park, Kanazawa, Japan.


Participates in the First International Water Sculpture Competition, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art, with the work Louisiana Jump.


Designs the sets for the operetta Poemusica: Frog Fantasy, directed by H. Terasaki at the Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo.


The fog sculpture Skyline , a collaboration with French architect Alain Pélissier, is installed at the Jardin de l’Eau in Parc de la Villette, Paris.


Patents a device for making fog sculptures.


Creates the installation Foggy Forest at Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo, for which she receives the Yoshida Isoya Prize. Creates the installation Misty Night Cherry Blossom at Foga Park in Tokyo and a fog installation and performance at the Taikoyama Observation Tower in Toyama, Japan.


Creates Spiral Fog for the Construction Art Pavilion at the Shinshu Expo in Matsumoto, Japan.


Creates Greenland Glacial Moraine Garden for the Museum of Snow and Ice in Kaga, Japan.


Creates a fog installation for the Mindscape Museum in Okazaki, Japan, and a fog fountain in Obihiro South Park in Obihiro, Japan.


Creates Fog Sculpture #08025 (F.O.G.) in conjunction with a Robert Rauschenberg retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.


Shows the fog sculpture Iris, a collaborative project with Japanese artist Shiro Takatani, at the I Bienal de las Artes de Va lencia in Valencia, Spain.


Nakaya’s Fog Screen Space: Opal Loop/Cloud , a collaboration with choreographer Trisha Brown, is shown in the exhibition Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. The exhibition later travels to Houston, New York, and Seattle.


Creates a fog sculpture for Takeshi Yamada’s film Kikoyuruya.


Creates Fog Sculpture #28634: Dialogue for the exhibition Technology for Living: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Norrköpings Konstmuseum in Norrköpings, Sweden.


Creates the installation Fog Chamber-Riga #26422 for the exhibition Conversations with Snow and Ice at the Natural History Museum of Latvia in Riga.


Participates in Nuit Blanche in Toronto.


Participates in Yokohama Triennale 2008: Time Crevasse in Yokohama, Japan, and Singapore Biennale 2008 in Singapore. Awarded the Special Achievement Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo.


Creates Cloud Sculpture for the work Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503, for the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Creates and exhibits the installations CLOUD FOREST Patio A and CLOUD FOREST Patio B for the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan. Her work is included in the exhibition Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experiments in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), Ann Arbor, Michigan. Participates in the exhibition Environment 2.0 at the LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), on the occasion of the FutureEverything 2010 Festival.


Creates the installation Cloud Parking in Linz for the exhibition Höhenrausch.2: Bridges in the Sky at Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, Austria. The Dia Art Foundation, New York, premieres MoonRain , a theater piece by Robert Whitman set inside a fog environment designed by the artist. Creates and exhibits Stone. Fog in collaboration with artist Ojãrs Feldbergs at the Open-Air Art Museum, Pedvãle, Latvia.


Takes part in the 18th Sydney Biennale.


Fog Bridge #72494 is permanently installed at Exploratorium Pier 15 in San Francisco, USA.

Creates Fog Square in Paris as part of the city’s White Night.

Cloud Installation #07240 Standing Cloud is shown in the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France.


Her work Veil is installed at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.


Nakaya’s fog installations in the UK can be seen at the Durham Cathedral and Pero’s Bridge in Bristol.


Becomes Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Maison Hermès (Le Forum) Tokyo hosts an exhibition devoted to Fujiko and Ukichiro Nakaya.

Creates fog sculptures for Tate Modern in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris.


Nakaya is awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Japan.

Fog x FLO takes place in Boston—a project consisting of multiple installations across the city.

Her work is part of the group exhibition Primal Water, at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art in Las Vegas, USA.

Sets up the Pathfinder permanent installation in Ekebergparken Sculpture Park in Oslo.