Tadashi Kawamata: Destruction / Reconstruction
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Tadashi Kawamata: Destruction / Reconstruction @ Annely Juda Fine Art, London

Thu 7 Nov 2019 to Fri 20 Dec 2019

Tadashi Kawamata: Destruction / Reconstruction @ Annely Juda Fine Art

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Open: Temporary Closure

23 Dering Street, W1S 1AW, London West End, UK
Open: Temporary Closure


Tadashi Kawamata: Destruction / Reconstruction


Tadashi Kawamata: Destruction / Reconstruction
to Fri 20 Dec 2019
Temporary Closure

Annely Juda Fine Art presents a solo exhibition by Japanese artist, Tadashi Kawamata.

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Returning to Annely Juda Fine Art for his fifth exhibition with the gallery, Kawamata exhibits a selection of his recent “maquettes” along with chopstick nests, a film projection and a site-specific work that will be lowered into the gallery via its glass roof during the opening.

Kawamata makes works from reclaimed wood. Often working on site-specific projects made in situ by the artist and local assistants, his sculptural installations are direct responses to their environment. Existing somewhere between art and architecture, Kawamata’s installations appear to grow independently out of their surroundings and give rise to questions about traditional forms of shelter and the effect of socio-economic contexts on the built environment. His works are both structurally solid and yet fragile, and give the deliberately ambiguous impression of both construction or deconstruction.

Kawamata’s “maquettes” are in fact wall-based, three-dimensional works that do not necessarily relate directly to his site-specific projects, but are works in their own right. They blur the boundaries between painting and sculpture, often protruding 20-30cm from the wall in undulating irregularity. The maquettes in this exhibition, many titled ‘Destruction’, evoke images of the destruction caused to urban cities and towns, be it through war or natural disaster. Yet the presence of the artist’s signature birds’ nests and tree huts point to the possibility of reconstruction and protective shelter. In their raw materiality these works invite us to re-evaluate and consider the fragility of our everyday built surroundings.

Born in 1953 in Hokkaidō, Japan, Tadashi Kawamata lives and works in Tokyo and Paris. His work has been widely shown in major international institutions such as MAAT, Lisbon (2018), Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2018), Made in Cloister, Napoli (2017), the Thurgau Art Museum, Switzerland (2014), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010) and Metz (2016), the Toyosu Dome, in Tokyo (2010-2013), the HKW in Berlin (2009), the Art Tower Mito in Mito (2001), the Serpentine Gallery in London (1997), the Artpace San Antonio (1998), the MACBA in Barcelona (1996); and also during numerous art biennales such as the Venice Biennale (1982), the documenta 8 and IX (1987; 1992), the international Biennale of São Paulo (1987), the Contemporary Art Biennale in Lyon (1993), the Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997), the Sydney Biennale (1998), the Jerusalem Biennale (1999), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Niigata (2000), the Shanghai Biennale, the Busan Biennale (2002), the Valencia Biennale (2004), the Biennale de Melle (2009) and the Biennale Evento in Bordeaux (2009). Annely Juda Fine Art has shown Kawamata’s work since 1990.

Annely Juda Fine Art: Established in 1960 * Specialises in British Contemporary, Russian Constructivism and masters of 20th century Avant-garde * Represents over 35 international artists including David Hockney, David Nash, François Morellet, Leon Kossoff and the Estate of Naum Gabo

Courtesy of the artist and Annely Juda Fine Art, London

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