In celebration of the “400-year relations between Spain and Japan,” the special exhibit titled “Takehiko Inoue Interprets Gaudi’s Universe” opened at Roppongi Hills.
The exhibit explores the life of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi in three parts using his works as examples. Projection mapping, films, installations and decorations create a special atmosphere drawing the attention of visitors.
A total of approx. 100 pieces including drawings; bench, chair, door and other furniture from Casa Calvet; and architectural models of Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia are being showcased.
As for Inoue, he created close to 40 special pieces for the exhibit, including a manga depicting the turning points of Gaudi’s life and a wash drawing of the architect’s world on a large piece of handmade Japanese paper (washi). With an observant eye, he delved into Gaudi’s character and reflected his finding in paintings and narratives.
Last December, Inoue was appointed as the ambassador of goodwill for the “400-year relations between Spain and Japan.” In preparation of this special exhibit, he stayed in Barcelona at a lodging situated in front of the Sagrada Familia and set up a temporary atelier within Casa Mila.
“During my stay in Barcelona, I often got lost, but somehow managed to find myself in front of the apartment where Gaudi used to live. I felt like I was being summoned to him,” explained Inoue at the press preview. “It might be presumptuous of me to say this, but perhaps our similarities lie in the fact we place importance on working in the field to get a grip of situations,” he added in response to a question about the similarities between Gaudi and him.
The two artists live in different times and countries and work in different fields. The exhibit celebrates the beauty of the union of such great creators.
Special Exhibit “Takehiko Inoue Interprets Gaudi’s Universe”
Venue: Mori Arts Center Gallery (52F Mori Tower)
Address: Roppongi Hills 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Dates: Jul 12 to Sept 7
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm
Admission: general 1,800 yen, middle and high school students 1,300 yen, elementary school students 800 yen