Tadashi Kawamata

Born in 1953 in Hokkaido (Japan), TADASHI KAWAMATA now lives and works in Tokyo (Japan) and Paris (France), after exploring NYC (United States). Since his days as a student of painting, in the 1970s, Tadashi Kawamata has been on an artistic journey that is remarkable for its lack of complacency. Taking nothing for granted, he engages us in a process that involves close consideration of the kinds of environments we make for ourselves, thereby raising questions of all-too-human need and desire. Kawamata’s gestures and materials, given the contexts within which they occur, are always smartly chosen.
Tadashi Kawamata is indeed famous for his in situ interventions, assembled from, among other things, wooden planks, chairs and barrels. Whether built up into fragile Babylonian constructions, tree huts, roof installations or stretched out to form serpentine, his works offer, to those who experiment them, climb up onto them or set foot on them, another point of view – in every sense – over the place in which they are situated. Kamel Mennour and Tadashi Kawamata have been working together since 2008.

His work has been widely shown in major international institutions such as MAAT, Lisbon (2018), Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2018), Made in Cloister, Napoli (2017), the Thurgau Art Museum, Switzerland (2014), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010) and Metz (2016), the Toyosu Dome, in Tokyo (2010-2013), the HKW in Berlin (2009), the Art Tower Mito in Mito (2001), the Serpentine Gallery in London (1997), the Artpace San Antonio (1998), the MACBA in Barcelona (1996); and also during numerous art biennales such as the Venice Biennale (1982), the documenta 8 and IX (1987; 1992), the international Biennale of São Paulo (1987), the Contemporary Art Biennale in Lyon (1993), the Skulptur Projekte Münster (1997), the Sydney Biennale (1998), the Jerusalem Biennale (1999), the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Niigata (2000), the Shanghai Biennale, the Busan Biennale (2002), the Valencia Biennale (2004), the Biennale de Melle (2009) and the Biennale Evento in Bordeaux (2009).

Works

Tree hut Brugge n°25 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut Brugge n°25, 2018
Tsunami n°5 - © kamel mennour
Tsunami n°5, 2015
Tree hut plan n°52 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan n°52, 2018
Nest study No 4 - © kamel mennour
Nest study No 4, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2015
Nest for Kamel Mennour plan 5 - © kamel mennour
Nest for Kamel Mennour plan 5, 2017
Corner Pieces  No 52 - © kamel mennour
Corner Pieces No 52, 2015
Plan for Lyon - Terrace Arch N°1 - © kamel mennour
Plan for Lyon - Terrace Arch N°1, 2013
Tree hut plan N° A-23 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan N° A-23, 2014
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon, 2018
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010
Pompidou plan 2 - © kamel mennour
Pompidou plan 2, 2009
Nest n°17 - © kamel mennour
Nest n°17, 2019
Tree hut plan. No46 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan. No46, 2017
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2019
Site plan n°21 - © kamel mennour
Site plan n°21, 2015
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2018
Tree hut, Brugge n°18 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut, Brugge n°18, 2016
Gecekondu,  No 2 - © kamel mennour
Gecekondu,  No 2, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, Monnaie de Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Monnaie de Paris, 2008
Favela Hut n°3 - © kamel mennour
Favela Hut n°3, 2016
Site Plan N°17 - © kamel mennour
Site Plan N°17, 2013
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2008
Collective follie La Villette N°3 - © kamel mennour
Collective follie La Villette N°3, 2013
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2015
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon, 2018
Tree Hut A-24 - © kamel mennour
Tree Hut A-24, 2016
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Plan for "Under the water" - Sketch n°4 - © kamel mennour
Plan for “Under the water” - Sketch n°4, 2011
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2018
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2017
Nest corner side n°2 - © kamel mennour
Nest corner side n°2, 2018
Permanent installation, Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris - © kamel mennour
Permanent installation, Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris, 2018
Nest n°8 - © kamel mennour
Nest n°8, 2018
Tree hut plan No 50 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan No 50, 2018
Site plan study no13 - © kamel mennour
Site plan study no13, 2017
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2008
Exhibition view, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 2013
Tree hut Brugge  No 26 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut Brugge  No 26, 2018
Bonn plan 3 - © kamel mennour
Bonn plan 3, 2011
Exhibition view, MARTa Herford - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, MARTa Herford, 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2015
Tree hut Brugge n°21 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut Brugge n°21, 2018
Tree hut on the cliff n 8 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut on the cliff n 8, 2018
Exhibition view, Place Vendôme, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Place Vendôme, Paris, 2013
Tree hut plan no35 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan no35, 2016
Exhibition view, Monnaie de Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Monnaie de Paris, 2008
Nest corner side n°3 - © kamel mennour
Nest corner side n°3, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Tree hut sin Brugge. No 19 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut sin Brugge. No 19, 2016
Exhibition view, Estuaire de Nantes - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Estuaire de Nantes, 2009
Tree hut plan no42 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut plan no42, 2017
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, MAAT, Lisbon, 2018
Corner Pieces  No 58 - © kamel mennour
Corner Pieces No 58, 2015
Plan for "Under the water" - Sketch n°7 - © kamel mennour
Plan for “Under the water” - Sketch n°7, 2011
Tower of Scaffold Nara n°1 - © kamel mennour
Tower of Scaffold Nara n°1, 2017
Tsunami n°13 - © kamel mennour
Tsunami n°13, 2015
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2011
Tree hut Tremblay plan 1 - © kamel mennour
Tree hut Tremblay plan 1, 2019
Tree Hut Brugge n°20 - © kamel mennour
Tree Hut Brugge n°20, 2018
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, kamel mennour, Paris, 2008
Exhibition view, Place Vendôme, Paris - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Place Vendôme, Paris, 2013
Exhibition view, Chaumont-sur-Loire - © kamel mennour
Exhibition view, Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2011

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