Perhaps normally associated with homes and offices, skyscrapers are sometimes considered works of art but how many contain a floor dedicated to them? Up in the sky in Japan's Umeda Sky Building, Osaka, is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the work of Koji Kinutani. The multi-conceptual works of Kinutani express vivid colour and depict extraordinary scenes. A truly mixed-media experience awaits which holds countless avenues and lanes through the creative world of one of Japan's most recognised artists. The floor-space also contains a cafe inspired by the works and of course, the all important studio where Koji Kinutani himself works and creates.
The artist wants to spread the art bug around as much as possible and demonstrate that our creative dreams can become a reality. The studio workshop is there for all to find their own creative self, and with a backdrop of fantastic art, the inspiration is boundless. The entire experience is designed to allow visitors to float through the upper-floor suite while embracing the scenery inside and out. City landscapes sprawl into the distance from the plentiful windows and dream invoking pieces decorate the interior.
Possibly the most iconic strain of Kinutani's work is the mixed-media sculptures. With beautiful materials selected for their aesthetic look as much as their fitness for purpose, Koji Kinutani has constructed various forms that have their own unique feeling. By combining classical fresco painting that he learned in Venice with the sculptures, an interesting and thought provoking technique is mastered. Kinutani will use all kinds of materials to produce his unique works, including precious stones and gold leaf, enabling him to reveal colours that paint can't replicate.
The museum is split into two colour coded art zones. The blue and red areas contain a difference in the art on display. The frescos and sculptures find themselves in Zone Blue. Zone Red delves into the theme of Asian culture with traditional Japanese techniques taking a front seat. Stories taken from Japan's folklore are given life in various works of art which sit alongside pieces inspired by the local castle and skyline. A third area is reserved for video. Called the Symbol Zone, this is where visitors can watch clips and explanations that help to describe Kinutani's journey. When we appreciate the layers of influence that combine to make the artist, we begin to understand the pieces just that little bit more. The best bit is that if you wear 3D glasses, the video springs into life.
Via Time Out
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