When he was younger, Tokujin Yoshioka wanted to bring a cloud from the skies above down to earth. His current fascination with natural processes and organic structures go to show that this desire never went away. Aptly titled ‘‘Crystallize’’, his latest solo exhibition at the MOT / Museum for Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan, includes sculptures and larger installations which expose the otherwise unseen, delicate morphogenetic processes found in natural processes such as crystal formation, and the way prisms and spaces interact with light.
This exhibition is the first opportunity to present a comprehensive view of his world, including new work, large-scale installations and other work that have never been exhibited in Japan.
It will be a vital opportunity to consider the creation of our next generation by sharing the scene that he “crystallizes (= gives a form to)” and exploring his definition of the relationship between nature and human-beings.
As new works for this exhibition, he will present the crystallized paintings drawn by the vibration of music “Swan Lake” and the seven-stranded chair “Spider’ s Thread”. Also, there will be 12 meters high architecture built of prisms “Rainbow Church” as the climax of the exhibition at the very large Atrium and other 30 pieces such as a sculpture of a crystallized flower “ROSE”. This will be the largest solo exhibition for Tokujin Yoshioka who has been exploring the new approach to art at all times, and has brought the sensation to the world with astonishing conception and revolutionary expression.
Tokujin Yoshioka‘s works, which transcend the boundaries of product design, architecture, and exhibition installation, are highly evaluated also as art. His portfolio includes the paper chair “Honey-pop”, “PANE chair”, “VENUS – Natural crystal chair”, Swarovski Crystal Palace “STARDUST” “Stellar”, YAMAGIWA’s lighting “TōFU” “Tear Drop”, and “MEDIA SKIN” “X-RAY” for a design project.”Water Block”, a representative work of optical glass projects started since 2002, is permanently exhibited in Musée d’Orsay, Paris.As some of the other important works, he designed the SWAROVSKI’s flagship store in Ginza and a number of boutiques for ISSEY MIYAKE. He has collaborated with various leading companies such as Hermès, BMW, MOROSO, TOYOTA, LEXUS. He also directed exhibition such as “Second Nature” at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in 2008, and Cartier’s special exhibition “Story of . . .” – Memories of Cartier creations (2009), and “Cartier Time Art” (2011).
Many of his works are displayed as a part of permanent collections in the world’s well-known museums including Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.
The ”‘Tokujin Yoshioka – Crystallize” exhibition will be open to the public until the 19th of January 2014 at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Tokyo.