July 15 - October 7, 2023
Tadashi Kawamata (ACC 1984) is a Japanese artist that has been active in the international art scene since a young age, and has frequently been invited to exhibit his works at major international institutions and important biennials. His first solo exhibition in Taiwan, at Taipei’s Beyond Gallery, showcases a series of works titled Destruction created between 2017 and 2021.
The Destruction series exhibited at Beyond Gallery can be traced back to Tadashi Kawamata’s on-site creation of Under the Water in the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2016, except that it shifts the viewers‘ perspective back from looking upward to a direct frontal view. In an interview with Paris Art, Kawamata mentioned that when the devastating March 11 tsunami hit Japan in 2011 he was just about to head back to Paris. He kept thinking about how he could maintain certain connections with the people facing hardships and challenges in the disaster-affected areas after his return to Paris. This led to the creation of Under the Water, a work that starkly reflects the haunting images of the disaster etched in his mind and subsequently spawned a series of works titled Destruction.
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