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Beyond the Convergence: The Interactive Relation between Architecture and Contemproary Art Talk by Kengo Kuma in Taipei

Founded in the heart of Tokyo in 1967, Whitestone Gallery has been a pioneer gallery in Japanese modern and contemporary art scene. Followed by the two operation spaces established in Hong Kong in 2015, Taipei space was officially opened in April, 2017. The Chairman of Whitestone Art Foundation Yukio Shiraishi especially consigned the design project to international acclaimed architect Kengo Kuma, making it the architect’s first gallery project. Therefore, Whitestone Gallery Taipei is pleased to be able to invite Kengo Kuma to hold the talk “Beyond the Convergence: The Interactive Relation between Architecture and Contemproary Art” in Taipei on the day of May 13th to share his point of view on a gallery’s multifaceted role in contemporary art world and how it reflected on his design ideas.

Kengo Kuma once mentioned in this collaborative project: “I tried to make something that was neither architecture nor an interior. Usually, the architect handles the building and an interior designer handles the interior in the finished structure. But this gallery is neither. It is both architecture and interior.” By making the structure looks both intentional and casual, the architect created a “state of suspension” suitable for contemporary art.

Whitestone Art Foundation has had several projects with Kengo Kuma, including the glass chapel in the garden of Karuizawa New Art Museum and Wild Birds’ Forest Villa completed in 2016. Starting with architectural engagement, Whitestone Gallery will continue to host interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange project to turn the gallery space into an experimental venue, in the hope to stimulate creativities and possibilities for the contemporary cultural environment.

Topic|Beyond the Convergence: The Interactive Relation between Architecture and Contemproary Art
Time|13 May, 2017 (Saturday) 16:30-18:00,admission starts at 16:00
Venue|No.1, Jihu Road, Neihu Distrant, Taipei, Taiwan, Colorful International Building Lobby
Contact|Samantha Chiu +886-2-8751-1185/samantha@whitestonegallery.co.jp

About Whitestone Gallery
Founded in 1967 in the heart of Tokyo, Whitestone Gallery is one of the pioneering galleries in Japan. The gallery presents works of significance by modern and contemporary Japanese artists and estates including members of Gutai Art Association.

With the opening of the Karuizawa New Art Museum in 2012, the gallery saw an exciting new development. Designed by renowned Japanese architect Rikuo Nishimori, the museum is used for a series of innovative Japanese Modern and Contemporary Art exhibitions, as well as public programs and educational activities.

In 2015, the gallery`s first overseas operation opened in Hong Kong aiming to introduce roster of living Gutai artists and Contemporary Japanese artists to an international audience, and to create a dialogue of exchange between Japan and the rest of the world. The Hong Kong gallery hosting a series of survey exhibitions of former Gutai artists who are still active since its inception. The exhibitions are accompanied by fully illustrated catalogues, artist talks and educational programs regarding post-war avant-garde art.

About Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma was born in 1954 in Yokohama (Japan). He completed his master’s degree in architecture at the University of Tokyo in 1979. From 1985 to 1986 he studied at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He taught at Keio University from 2001 to 2008 as professor, and in 2009 he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo. Among Kuma’s major early works are Kiro-san Observatory (1994), the guest house Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), the Noh Stage in Forest at the Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received in 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award), the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art (2000, received The Murano Prize), Great Bamboo Wall in China (2002).

Kengo Kuma was awarded with the International Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award in 2002 (Finland), International Architecture Awards for the Best New Global Design for Chokkura Plaza and Shelter in 2007 and Energy Performance + Architecture Award in 2008 (France). He is an International Fellow of RIBA in UK and Honorary Fellow of AIA of the US.

He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean. His major writings, Anti-Object, Natural Architecture, Small Architecture have been published in English from AA Publications, the book department of AA School, UK’s prestigious architecture institution.