at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain – Paris

„I wish to think freely; to expand my perspective on architecture as flexibly, broadly, and subtly as possible, beyond the stereotypes of what architecture is considered to be.“ Junya Ishigami

Portrait of Junya Ishigami, 2018. Photo Renaud Monfourny.

The exhibition, the first of this scale devoted to the Japanese architect, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010, allows visitors to discover or rediscover his delicate, dreamlike universe through a series of large-scale models, films and drawings, documenting the different stages of his creative process.

For the exhibition Freeing Architecture, conceived specifically for the Fondation Cartier, Ishigami reveals twenty of his architectural projects in Asia and in Europe.

In dialogue with Jean Nouvel’s iconic building, this event is also the first large-scale solo-show that the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain has devoted to an architect.

About Junya Ishigami
Born in 1974 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Ishigami belongs to the younger generation of Japanese architects who emerged in the 2000s in the wake of Toyo Ito and Kazuyo Sejima, and to which the Museum of Modern Art in New York has recently devoted a large exhibition. Trained at Tokyo University of the Arts, he gained experience as an architect at SANAA before founding junya.ishigami+associates in 2004. Seemingly free of the rules and constraints of architecture, his work was quickly recognized for its singularity and honored with numerous awards. Among his large-scale projects are the construction of the Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop in Japan in 2008, a building notable for its lightness and continuity between the interior space and the surrounding environment; the renovation of the Moscow Polytechnic Museum and its transformation into a museum park since 2010; and the design of the House of Peace in Copenhagen in 2014, a cloud-shaped building resting on the sea as a symbol of peace.

Exhibition: Junya Ishigami, Freeing Architecture, Fondation pour l’art contemporain, 261, Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris, France

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