From March 30 to June 10, 2018, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will host
Ishigami – winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2010 – has instilled this conceptual body of work with his trademark flair: calm, free fluidity, with bright tones and playful curves. The projects in the exhibition range from large scale models to films and drawings, and when placed in the context of the exhibition, they bring to life
Laurian Ghinitoiu gives us a glimpse inside the exhibition ahead of the opening day tomorrow. His photos reveal the lightness and ethereal quality of Ishigami’s hand.
Ishigami says his work treads the space between the natural world of landscapes, clouds and forests, and the dream world. To him, there is but a superfluous boundary between the external and interior environment, between landscape design and architecture. The most important element is sensitivity, which he elevates to the rank of virtue.
Ishigami, born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1974, belongs to a younger generation of Japanese architects who have followed in the path of
Ishigami’s other notable projects include the
The exhibition includes children’s gardens, a chapel, a museum, a landscaped park, a house-restaurant, a garden house, a monument, and an urban sculpture. The variety of constructions presented in the exhibition Freeing Architecture serves to reveal the richness and complexity of a flexible body of work, which is constantly reinvented.
In the open spaces of the Fondation Cartier, sans partitions, the interplay of small and large-scale models, immense collages and drawings, create an atmosphere that is at once solemn, dreamlike, playful, and calm.