Tadashi Kawamata 1953, Hokkaido, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France
Less is more, but sometimes more is …more. Mass effect and size have long been OpenART’s way of capturing the attention of visitors. This year’s edition is no exception. Tadashi Kawamata’s enormous mountain of chairs is of course just that, but also an exciting and, to put it mildly, eye-catching sculpture. The chair is an artefact in human culture that has found much expression through history. The throne as a power symbol and the stool as the craftsman’s best friend are two examples.
The world is full of chairs – obviously – and Kawamata’s work joins itself to the type of art that, through its banal building blocks, can say important things about human life. His work relates to architecture and breaks its way into or out of it in different ways. Only our imagination sets the limits for what histories are inscribed in the sculpture.