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Masterpiece of Tadashi Kawamata : Frauenbad

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Masterpiece of Tadashi Kawamata : Frauenbad

Echigo-Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum of Art

Our half-year-long solo exhibit Tadashi Kawamata: Crossroads has finished at Echigo-Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum (SoKo) in Tsumari. The winter season approaching with heavy snow there, we would like to review again some of the highlighted works by Kawamata.


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Among the large scale installations, Frauenbad is modeled after a female-only outdoor swimming pool in Zurich of the same name. One day strolling about the riverbank of the Limmat, the artist inquired a friend resident of Zurich, and was interested in the habit of divided pool between man and woman as well as its wooden structure, and created the life-scale artwork on the water as well as in the museum Helmhaus. A set of smaller maquettes together with its plan-drawing present perfectly his idea realized as early as in 1993.


Frauenbad in Zurich


installation view of Tadashi Kawamata "Frauenbad"


installation view of Tadashi Kawamata "Frauenbad"


"Frauenbad", h220 x w340cm


Project based artwork started in eighties, where he realized artist-in-residence program at P.S.1. Alanna Heiss, founder and director of P.S.1, had discovered Kawamata in 1982 for his Japanese pavilion at Venice Biennale, and invited the artist to create first an installation for P.S.1. Kawamta conceived plans and develop them through numerous meetings on the spot overcoming negotiations to acquire charming place for housing the work. The maquette of this P.S.1 project was also on view in Kiyotsu, together with early works of Kawamata once reserved in his storage.


"Frauenbad Limmat II", h34 x w56 x d8cm

"Frauenbad Limmat I", h36 x w51 x d8cm


installation view at SoKo museum


installation view at SoKo museum


installation view at SoKo museum


installation view at SoKo museum


If you miss the Kawamata exhibit this year in Kiyotsu as well as in Tokyo, Art Front Gallery is pleased to showcase continuously available works in our collection.
Also salable are his books on Project on Roosevelt Island, Begijnhof Saint Elizabeth Kortrijk, and Under Construction.


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