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This book presents five interviews with the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata dating from 1987 to the present. Translated here for the first time into French, these texts offer insight into the evolution of the artist, who retraces his numerous architectural and temporary wooden constructions.

Tadashi Kawamata
Translated from the English by Raphaëlle Brin, Cerise Fontaine and Olivier Reneau

Published in February 2013
Printed in France
1000 copies
18 × 11,1 cm, 7 × 4.4 in, 128 pages
French edition
ISBN: 978-2-918685-05-0
Price: €14 + shipping costs

Editors: Manon Lutanie, Cerise Fontaine, Raphaëlle Brin
Design: Manon Lutanie

Picture: Tadashi Kawamata
Tetra House, 1983
Photo © Sigeo Anzai


Born in 1953, Tadashi Kawamata is a Japanese artist who lives and works in Tokyo and Paris. He often works on in-situ interventions, grafted onto existing architecture using wood and salvaged materials. His work has been shown in many international institutions such as MAAT in Lisbon, Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Thurgau Art Museum in Switzerland, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Metz, the Toyosu Dome in Tokyo, the HKW in Berlin, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the MACBA in Barcelona; and also in numerous art biennales such as the Venice Biennale, documenta 8 and IX, the international Biennale of São Paulo, the Skulptur Projekte Münster, the Sydney Biennale, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Niigata, the Shanghai Biennale, the Busan Biennale, and the Helsinki Biennial, among others. He worked as a professor at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts from 1999 to 2005 and has been teaching at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris since 2007.