For the 57th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, the Japan Pavilion presents a solo exhibition of the artist Takahiro Iwasaki. It is a three-dimensional works made from everyday objects entitled Turned Upside Down, it’s a forest which addresses the nature of Venice as a city built upon wooden staked as well as the design of the iconic Itsukushima Shrine. The show conveys the importance of understanding that everything depends on perspective, it invites the visitors to embrace different ways of looking.
Takahiro Iwasaki’s Statement
By creating the different perspectives of looking upward/looking downward for the first exhibit, I hope to create a multifaceted spatial experience… Furthermore, as the differing perspectives of artificial vs. natural, order vs. chaos, and history vs. present complement each other, I hope that the viewers will become aware of the fragility of things, the flow of the passage of time, and the trompe-l’oeil effect of changing perception.
The Japan Pavilion at the Giardini
Padiglione Giapponese Giardini della Biennale, Castello 1260, 30122 Venezia
May 13 – November 26, 2017
Opening hours, 10am – 6pm
Closed on Monday (except on May 15th, August 14th, September 4th, October 30th and November 20th)