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Tadashi Kawamata

°1953, Hokkaido (JP) - lives and works in Tokyo (JP) and Paris (FR)

Tadashi Kawamata is one of the most remarkable Japanese artists of his generation. He creates projects, which scan the borders between architecture and installation art. Working in the midst of demolition and construction, these projects transform our environment, ranging from intimate single houses or apartments to the whole scale reconfiguration of towns. A profound research to the history and social hierarchies of a location and a dialogue with the local residents precede Kawamata’s building projects.

Therefore, Kawamata’s interventions are always integrated in an existing reality and are simulations of new and unusual structures like a bridge between an apartment block and a museum or a wooden walkway that leads from a town centre to a lakeside, using scrap or reclaimed materials (mostly wood). Kawamata's aim is to turn these environments inside out and to present the viewers a completely fresh view of their surroundings. These projects make us question our environment: the way it is constructed and how we interact with it.

Tadashi Kawamata has had many one-man exhibitions and projects throughout Europe, the United States and Japan including the Serpentine Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; and the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo. He also exhibited at the 40th Venice Biennale and participated at Documenta VIII and IX, Kassel; the Busan and Shangai Biennale in 2002, Korea.

His work can also be found in many international public collections, including S.M.A.K., Ghent; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; FRAC, Orleans; MARTa, Herford; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art; National Museum of Art, Osaka; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tadashi Kawamata is represented by the following galleries;
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kamel mennour, Paris

Annely Juda Fine Art, London

Mulier Mulier Gallery, Knokke