Kawamata Tadashi “Early Works”

Kawamata Tadashi Early Works 2017
Installation view at MISA SHIN GALLERY
Photo: Keizo Kioku

Kawamata Tadashi Early Works 2017
Installation view at MISA SHIN GALLERY
Photo: Keizo Kioku

Kawamata Tadashi
Early Works
Date: Wednesday August 2 – Saturday October 7, 2017


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Kawamata Tadashi began creating site-specific work for urban spaces while studying at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music towards the end of the 1970s. Following this approach for over 40 years, he has worked worldwide, continually attempting to transcend conventional boundaries of artistic expression.

In the 1980s, when Japan first began to apply the term “project” to art, Kawamata was already using a work-in-progress style that considered art as an entire process including preparation, installation, and disassembly. Kawamata’s projects are continually changing and progressing, encompassing collaboration with individuals who are dealing with social problems, such as the unemployed and drug users, examining and constructing relationships between the significance of cities and the people who live in them, such as in the case of people living in former coal mine districts, as well as integrating architecture and urban planning, history and sociology, everyday communication, and human memory and psychology. In addition to embodying the work-in-progress concept that sees his work as unfinished and provisional, the artist considers each project to incorporate all the processes involved ―including the actions and processes of the participants, as well as each drawing and model produced in the course of implementing the project.

Including works P.S.1 Project Plan, the project at P.S.1, New York in 1984; Favela in Battery Park City N.Y , the Brazilian favela that he built at the World Financial Center in New York in 1988 with refuse from the construction of Battery Park City; and People’s Garden (D9) Plan #7, favela built at Documenta 9 in Germany in 1992, this exhibition presents a selection of Kawamata’s early works. Each demonstrates his involvement with urban variety and change, taking new perspectives that reveal issues and potential lurking in the crevices of the urban fabric, and incorporating them into his projects.

Kawamata Tadashi
Born in 1953, Kawamata achieved international recognition with his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1982, and has since held exhibitions at Documenta and La Biennale de Lyon, to name a few. Kawamata currently is a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works today range from architecture and city planning, to historiography and sociology, to daily communications, to medicine.


アートの制作において、「プロジェクト」という言葉が日本で使われ始めた 80 年代、川俣はすでに準備、設置、そして解体までを含めたプロセス全体を作品とみなす、ワーク・イン・プログレス(work in progress)と言われるスタイルで制作していました。川俣のプロジェクトは、失業者や薬物依存患者など、社会的な問題を抱えた人たちとの協働であったり、旧炭鉱地域の人々など都市が持つ意味やそこに住まう人々との関係の構築であったり、建築や都市計画、歴史学や社会学、日常のコミュニケーション、あるいは人々の記憶や精神のありかたまでをも包括して常に変化しながら進行していきます。それはワーク・イン・プログレスの言葉の通り、未完であり、仮設であるという概念とともに、関わる人々の動きや新たな可能性の萌芽を促し、そして模型やレリーフやドローイングなど一つ一つがプロジェクトの実施に至るプロセスを内包して制作されます。

本展覧会では、ニューヨークのP.S.1で実施された「P.S.1 Project Plan」(1984年)、ニューヨークのワールド・フィナンシャル・センターにバッテリパークシティーが建設される時に出た廃材で、ブラジルの不法占拠者住宅ファベーラを組み立てた「Favela in Battery Park City N.Y.」(1988年)や、ドイツ・カッセルのドクメンタ9でファベーラを制作した「People’s Garden (D9) Plan #7」(1992年)などのレリーフなど、いずれも都市の多様なありようや変化と関わりながら、新たな着眼点でその隙間に潜む問題や可能性をあぶり出し、その場を巻き込んで行く川俣の初期の作品群を展示いたします。

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