‘Journey’ a group exhibition at Gallery White Cube.

Nagoya, April 10, 2019. From April 11-21, 2019 ten talented artists from ten different countries will exhibit their works together at Gallery White Cube in Nagoya, Japan. This unique exhibition, titled ‘Journey’, narrates the journey of artists from different countries and backgrounds with diverse art practices. It is an effort to present another perspective from the outside world, by different individuals living in the same environment in Japan. 

On Saturday, April 13th everyone is invited to join the artists at the gallery from 6-8pm for a small celebration, for more information check out the event page.

'Journey' runs from April 11-21. Both the opening night event and the exhibition are free and open to the public so please invite your friends! 

Gallery opening hours:
Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday Closed
Thursday April 11 - Sunday April 14th: 1 - 7pm 
Thursday April 18th - Sunday 21st 1 - 5pm


From Japan to Montréal and a little in between

Viva Vida Art Gallery presents works by Denise Buisman Pilger at the Beaconsfield Library.

Montréal, February 21, 2019.  In June 2017, Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger packed up her studio in Montréal and moved to Nagoya, Japan where she is studying Japanese techniques and materials. In March the artist and some of her newest works, will travel to Montréal for a solo exhibition at the Beaconsfield Library, 303 Boulevard Beaconsfield, -Beaconsfield. The works in this exhibition, titled ‘Départ - Arrivée’, feature a variety of countries from around the world. The exhibition runs from March 5-29, with the Vernissage on Thursday, March 14 from 7 – 8:30pm.

“After almost a year and a half in Japan I am excited to have the opportunity to visit Montréal and share some of my newest, Japan inspired, works with everyone at the Beaconsfield Library. I have had the opportunity to immerse myself in Japanese culture and try my hands at many different Japanese techniques and materials, this unique, beautiful and quirky country has been extremely inspiring and its influences are slowly making its way into my art.” Says Denise Buisman Pilger

‘Départ - Arrivée’ was the initiative of Beaconsfield Library and is organized in collaboration with Viva Vida Art Gallery, -located on 278 Lakeshore Road in the Pointe Claire Village, who have been representing Buisman Pilger in the province of Quebec since 2010. The artist continues to be inspired by the urban landscape and the people that populate it, Her frequent travels give her the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of human society around the world. 

“We are very excited to present this special solo exhibition together with the Beaconsfield Library, we have been waiting to see how Buiman- Pilger’s work has evolved during her time in Japan. The influence of a new culture is most apparent in her -newest body of work ‘World on Washi’, which is a clear departure, obviously inspired by Japanese materials, subject matter and their minimalist esthetic. We are very happy to invite everyone to come meet the artist in person at the Vernissage. PIlger will only be in Montréal for a few days, so don’t miss the opportunity!”  Says Gallery Director Nedia El Khouri

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelor’s Degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and last year she was the first foreign artist to receive the Foreign Minister Award at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan. Her work can be found in galleries in Montréal and Toronto.    

“I feel incredibly lucky to have this amazing opportunity to once again share my works with the wonderful people of Montréal, I have truly missed this city. I really hope everyone will join us for the Vernissage at the Beaconsfield Library on Thursday, March 14th from 7 - 8:30pm so I can share with you a little bit of the beauty that our urban world has to offer.” Says Denise Buisman Pilger.

Départ - Arrivée, works by Denise Buisman Pilger.
Beaconsfield Library, 303 Boulevard Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield, Quebec. 
March 5 - 29, 2019
Monday to Friday: 10am - 9pm  |  Saturday: 10am – 5pm | Sunday: 13 - 5pm (open to the public) Vernissage: Thursday, March 14, 2019: 7pm - 8:30pm (open to the public) 
www.VivaVidaArtGallery.com     www.vivavidaeshop.com 


Denise Buisman Pilger is one of five artists from around the world to have been selected for the UNESCO x BBuzzArts project that is exploring how BBuzzArts multi talented artists around the world are making a difference in their communities through their art. Read a small portion of the interview will be posted below, you can read the full article on the Medium website. 

UNESCO x BBuzzArt:
Denise Buisman Pilger

On November 13, 1978 I was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands to two awesome moms and a sister, who is four and a half years younger than me. I have always been drawn to anything creative. Drawing was my favorite subject in school and art supplies were always on top of my wish list for birthdays or ‘Sinterklaas’ (a Dutch winter holiday).

Living in a big city like Amsterdam, we were very lucky to have grandparents who lived on Ameland, one of the small islands of the northern coast of the Netherlands. We would stay with them most school holidays and spend our days riding horses, playing games and roaming the beaches and sand dunes. I remember always asking my grandmother to do crafting projects together, as she loved making things and would always come up with something new and exciting.

Read full interview here >> | More info about this project can be found here >>


33rd Foreign Artists Exhibition

Nagoya, September 29, 2018. From October 30 - November 4 Denise Buisman Pilger will exhibit several pieces from her brand new body of work ‘World on Washi’ at the 33rd Foreign Artists Exhibition (FAE33), organized by the Central Japan International Society (CJIS), with the generous support of Nagoya International Center (NIC). This exhibition encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas among the citizens of Nagoya and foreign artists living in the Chubu Region of Japan. 

The 33rd Foreign Artists Exhibition will be held from Tuesday, October 30 November to Sunday, November 4. Painters, potters, photographers, sculptors, printers, and other fine artists will display their original artworks in the well-appointed 4th floor Exhibition Room at Nagoya International Center (NIC). The exhibition will be open to the public, free, from 10 am to 7 pm daily except the last day (Sun.) which will end at 5:00 pm. | Pictures >>

Okazaki Foreign Artists Exhibition

Nagoya, September 29, 2018. From October 6-14 Denise Buisman Pilger’s work will be part of the Foreign Artists Exhibition at Kikyu Gallery in Okazaki. Gallery opening hours are 10am-6pm (Closed Monday). 16 Artists will be participating in this years exhibition, the exhibition will include painting, photography, woodblock prints and ceramics. On Saturday October 6th at 17:30 h. there will be a vernissage, sponsored by Kikyu Club, please come along, meet some of the artists and have a good time. | Pictures >>




ITbM Gallery presents a series of mixed media cityscapes by Denise Buisman Pilger.

Nagoya, July 27, 2018. Nagoya based Dutch artist Denise Buisman Pilger, will present her unique view of the familiar urban landscape in a solo exhibition titled: ‘Foreign Views’, at ITbM Gallery (464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町 名古屋大学トランスフォーマティブ生命分子研究所 ITbM Gallery, 1F). The exhibition features the artists’ most recent works, in which she presents a series of condensed memories of her travels. The exhibition runs from August 23 – September 25.

As a frequent traveler, Denise Buisman Pilger, continues to be inspired by the urban landscape and the people that populate it. “We so often complain about our cities being old and dirty and we forget about the beauty that can be found there. ‘Foreign Views’ will give people the opportunity to see the city through my eyes. I love to observe city life, all the cars and people rushing by, I always like to imagine where all those people are going and what their lives are like.” In her work Denise captures those moments, giving us a chance to ponder and make up stories of our own. 

‘Foreign Views’ will be the inaugural exhibition at the ITbM Gallery that is located in the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), whose aim is to create cutting-edge science with potentially signifi cant societal impact. “By adding a gallery space, we want to remind people that science and art go together. I believe that every scientist is an artist that gets inspired by nature and the environment that they are in.” says Gallery Director Dr. Asraa Ziadi.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, Buisman Pilger has a Bachelors Degree in Illustration from the Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. She has called Amsterdam, Fort Worth, Montréal and Nagoya home and she has proudly exhibited her work at the 2011 Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, the Artist Project and she recently received the Foreign Minister Award at the Global Artists Movement Exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. Her work can be found in galleries in Montréal and Toronto.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to share my work with the wonderful people of Nagoya. My recent move from Montréal Canada to Nagoya Japan has been very inspiring and I am very excited to include some of my newest, Japan inspired pieces, in this exhibition. I love to show the audience the beauty of their everyday environment and Japan definitely has a lot of beauty to offer!” Says Denise Buisman Pilger. | Pictures >>

Foreign Views
ITbM Gallery - 464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町 名古屋大学トランスフォーマティブ生命分子研究所 ITbM Gallery, 1F
August 23 – September 25, 2018
Monday to Friday: 9:30 – 19:30
Saturday: 9:30 – 17:30
Sunday: Closed


`Treasures of Tranquility` receives prestigious award at

Toyota Municipal Museum of Art. 

Nagoya, June 8, 2018. From May 16-20 the Artist Abroad, Denise Buisman Pilger, exhibited her brand new artwork `Treasures of Tranquility` at the 18th Global Artist Movement (GAM) group exhibition at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota, Japan. 

`Treasures of Tranquility` received highest marks from the jury and was awarded the prestigious Foreign Minister Award, Denise Buisman Pilger being one of the first foreign artists to receive this honor. 

The exhibition featured the works of more then 70 artists from 12 different countries at a beautiful, contemporary exhibition space at the newly renovated Toyota MunicipalMuseum of Art. 

The Global Artist Movement is an organization aiming to promote international exchange of creativity and to encourage artistic activities as an international movement.