Junya Ishigami and the Fondation Cartier Reveal the Freedom of Architecture

24.06.2018

©Junya Ishigami Photo: Luc Boegly

In each of his creations, architect Junya Ishigami is driven by a desire for the melding of architecture and landscape where the borders between interior and exterior are erased. Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Biennale, the 40-something Ishigama, born in Kanagawa, has proved himself one of the most eminent figures within Japanese architecture.

Paying homage to this poetic and innovate world cultivated by Ishigama, the Fondation Cartier for contemporary art in Paris is currently running the exhibition Freeing Architecture. Running through June 10, the exhibition comprises around 40 scale models created especially for the show, as well as films and sketches documenting the progress of around 20 different buildings realised by his agency.

With a penchant for the organic, the aerial, the aquatic and the mineral, the artist incites us to rethink construction as a responsible ecosystem. Straddling nature and culture, Ishigama offers a resolution to antagonisms.

©Junya Ishigami Photo: Jean Picon

©Junya Ishigami Photo: Jean Picon

©Junya Ishigami Photo: Jean Picon