Tadashi Kawamata

*1953 in Hokkaido, lives in Tokyo and Paris

The Japanese Tadashi Kawamata initiates installations all over the world, which have a relation to their individual surroundings and often show a certain practical value or concrete function in their architectural structure. His artistic initiatives consciously have project character and a social dimension: The artist often works with craftsmen and residents of the respective locations, but also with minorities as, for example, former drug addicts that are included in the process of implementation. Based on perishable materials such as untreated wood, the works are fragile and address the process of growth and decay in nature.

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In 1982, Tadashi Kawamata represented his home country in the Japanese Pavilion at the Biennale in Venice. 1987, he was invited to the documenta 8 in Kassel. 1999-2005, he taught in Tokyo, since then he has a professorship at the Art Academy Paris. In 2005, Kawamata was also the artistic director for Yokohama’s 3rd Triennial. Furthermore, he was part of the 13th Biennial in Istanbul in 2012. Kawamata has implemented multiple installations outside in the last few years, among others in the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, at the Art Basel and in Versailles in France. In 2013, he was awarded the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, and in 2014 the L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officier).