Hangar unveils the masterly work of the Japanese artist Aki Kuroda. In this first one-man show of the artist in Belgium, visitors discover a series of new works (2016-2018) plus several emblematic paintings. Through his works, Aki Kuroda takes us to a world laden with ancient myths and stories from his country, Japan. He creates “passages” between different worlds: modernism and contemporary art, East and West, the body and the cosmos, mythology and the future. Very large colourful canvases take up the spaces of Hangar on the theme of his “Cosmogarden”.
Once again, as on various occasions in Japan, Aki Kuroda wanted to work together with architects. Hangar proposed a cooperation with students of interior architecture at the Mons school of art, Arts2, to build an ephemeral teahouse. This project, in line with Aki’s world and drawings, blends in with the setting of the exhibition.
Close to the young contemporary art scene, Aki Kuroda wanted to involve a younger artist, Marcin Sobolev (Belgo- Russian) in his exhibition. Aki and Marcin will together produce an installation composed of flowers and joint artistic creations. A life-size Cosmogarden...
Hangar seized the opportunity of this monumental exhibition to stage a series of events relating to Japan and the work of Aki Kuroda: talkshows, workshops, ...
Born on 4 October 1944 in Kyoto, Aki Kuroda is a Japanese contemporary painter who lives and works in Paris. Passionate about painting since childhood, he likes to say that he has been painting since he could hold a brush. In 1970, Aki Kuroda settled in Paris and had his rst one-man show in 1978 in Germany. He has had many such shows since in Europe but also in Japan, Brazil, the US, China, etc. In addition to his pictorial work, he creates performance shows by blending various artistic forms. A multi-faceted artist, his creative work spans many modes of expression. He works together with eminent personalities, particularly from
the opera or architecture world. He has also been entrusted with several pubic commissions. Very close to literary circles as well, he publishes the Noise review, inspiring many writers, and has illustrated Shakespeare’s Hamlet.