A Space of Light Woven of Traditional Culture and Experimental Technology: KOU-AN — Glass Teahouse
Installed in a white space, the Glass Teahouse takes on an entirely new aspect
Yoshioka Tokujin is known for his many experimental artworks that examine the relationship between humanity and nature, representing human sensation with elements such as light, sound, and scent. Now one of his best-known pieces, “KOU-AN: Glass Teahouse,” can be seen in Kyushu for the first time.
On display at the Saga Prefectural Art Museum until February 11, 2019, “KOU-AN: Glass Teahouse” was first unveiled at the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2015, it attracted attention in Japan when it was placed atop the observation deck at Shogunzuka Seiryuden temple atop Mount Higashiyama in Kyoto. The Saga Prefectural Art Museum’s installation offers a new take on the piece, situating it in a plain white space that seems to fuse with the light itself. The museum will also be displaying other well-known works by Yoshioka at the same time, including the glass bench “Water Block” (shown at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris) and the glass table “Waterfall.”
“Water Block” (2002)
Yoshioka is acclaimed by critics around the world for his work in design, art, architecture, and a wide range of other fields. He is particularly noted for his untiring research into the sensations brought to us by light, and use of transparent or translucent materials to represent the vast energies of nature.
According to Yoshioka, his works that visualize the energies and auras of nature—like the Glass Teahouse—are completed only when they resonate in the senses and sensibilities of the viewer.
If you’ll be in Kyushu in early 2019, why not try this transcendental experience for yourself?
◆ Tokujin Yoshioka: KOU-AN: Glass Teahouse
Dates: November 28, 2018 to February 11, 2019
* Museum closed January 21, 28; February 4
Venue: Saga Prefectural Art Museum
1-15-23 Jonai, Saga City,
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.