Exhibition on Irving Penn and Issey Miyake designed by Shigeru Ban
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Shigeru Ban designed the exhibition “Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue” that is on display at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo until April 8, 2012.
The exhibition “Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue” at 21_21 Design Sight gallery in Tokyo, Japan, features the collaborative work of the photographer Irving Penn and the fashion designer Issey Miyake. Miyake chose after their first encounter in 1983 to entrust the vision of his clothes entirely to Irving Penn. The unusual decision to offer Penn complete freedom gave rise to an incredible "visual dialogue" between the two artists and for 13 years Irving Penn made over 250 photographs of Miyake's designs, many of which appear in collection posters, were published in art books, or exhibited in museums and cultural institutions.
The Japanese office Shigeru Ban architects was commissioned to create a interior design for the 21_21 Design Sight gallery space inside a one story building designed by Tandao Ando.
The intention in hiring Ban was to help Miyake's colleague, Midori Kitamura, fulfill the aim to put together an exhibition that would provide a unique window on this unusual creative collaboration, or "visual dialogue", and an opportunity to reflect on the power of imagination.
Shigeru Ban’s signature cardboard columns, welcome visitors into a projection room set up with Ban’s paper and wood “Carta” chairs that were produced by Capellini in 1998.
In addition Shigeru Ban puts his series “10-unit system” designed for Artek on display: Ban uses the components’ flexibility to create benches, stools and chairs of different lengths to provide a different experience to each visitor depending on their individual viewpoint.
Shigeru Ban combined the gallery 21_21 Design Sight’s the classic building form skillfully with aesthetic of Irving Penn’s photos, Issey Miyake fashion and his own furniture.
September 16, 2011 - April 8, 2012
21_21 Design Sight Gallery
9-7-6 Akasaka Minato-ku