6 feb 2013

Please take a seat. Chairs for Abu Dhabi by Tadashi Kawamata

In November 2012 Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata created the soaring 20-foot-high a kind of like a rotunda, a round tower, made by 1000 chairs and to construct with 20 people at the site. Called "Chairs For Abu Dhabi", the ephemeral construction invited people to walk through it and take a rest in one of the comfy seats inside it. The work is not limited to an architectural study: it is concerned with the social context in which it is presented. "This time I did it, it's not a specific chair at all," said the artist. "It's more of a mixture of all kinds of wooden, metal, colorful chairs - everything. Because here in Abu Dhabi it's such an international city and a lot of people come from all over the world, and I wanted to put a mixture - even a couch."

AbuDhabi Art is a reality for contemporary art and design as well as a carefully curated public programme. It is an international platform aiming to create awareness, education and continuation of artistic and cultural interest through the selected exhibited galleries, vast showcased works and talking platforms by art world academics, connoisseurs, patrons and leading and emerging artists from all fields of the visual arts.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1953 Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age, at 28 years old he was chosen to be a participating artist in the Venice Biennial. Having since taken part in Documenta and international exhibitions, he has achieved high acclaim in Europe and around the world. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and re-purposed objects like pallets, waste wood etc. Kawamata's work transcends the art context and extends to fields such as architecture and city planning, history, sociology, everyday communication, and even medical treatment.

‘Chairs for Abu Dhabi’ took Kawamata a whole week, many hundreds of chairs to build this installation in Manarat al Saadiyat. Stacked layers of chairs form this six meter-high edifice, which was part of the fair’s BEYOND section (known for its display of large-scale works and sculptures), which sold. Was one of the main attractions at Abu Dhabi’s 2012 Biennale, and where it provided the bustling event with an iconic Eco-friendly pavilion that was difficult to miss. Formidable, convenient and unique, the shelter served as a popular meeting point throughout the festival. It symbolically link the people who enter it, Mr Kawamata said.
"An empty chair is waiting for the people to sit down, and then a chair is connecting to the other chair," he explained. "So it's really like a waiting spot, open for everybody to sit down. That's kind of the metaphor we're using."

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