Japan’s first national participation in the Venice Biennale dates back to 1952, while the Japan Pavilion was completed in 1956, designed by Takamasa Yoshizaka, a student of Le Corbusier who designed the building inspired by the modernist avant-gardes. For the 57th edition, the Japanese pavilion had presented a solo exhibition by the artist Tahiroshima Takahiro Iwasaki, curated by Meruro Washida, with a selection of three-dimensional works made with everyday objects and entitled “Turned upside down, it’s a forest” : the viewer was thus driven to reflect on how everything depends on perspectives and to embrace different perspectives. This year, with the curatorship of Hiroyuki Hattori, it will present a group exhibition with works by Motoyuki Shitamichi, Taro Yasuno, Toshiaki Ishikura and Fuminori Nousaku. The exhibition stems from the need to investigate issues in the relationship between humankind and the environment: “Cosmo-Eggs” wants to be a space for reflection on our ways to inhabit the earth, to relate to other living beings and the limits of a globalized and constantly growing society. The reference is also and above all to the contemporary Japanese society characterized by natural disasters caused by man – such as the disaster of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in 2011.
Written by Domitilla Argentieri Federzoni