TOMOKO KAWAI Baroque / of the Forest 20 May-25 Jun 2023
Baroque, from the meaning of “twisted pearl,” is a stylistic concept of art, architecture, and music that emerged between the late 16th and mid-18th centuries and characterized a style of art that was full of movement, as opposed to the classical, orderly, and balanced Renaissance style. Later, it also became a generic term for a type of literature, period, and spirit in general.
Forest-Folk Museum opened in 1995 under the general supervision of anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa. In his keynote speech, “What Revives People,” at the symposium “The Wild Forest” held in 1999, Mr. Nakazawa stated that the museum is a place to consider the long span of human life and happiness. He thought the “forest” holds and that “coming here will change our way of seeing things. This is a rare and unique attempt to create a museum that will change how we view the world.
The first exhibition in 2023 will feature Berlin-based artist Tomoko Kawai. Kawai’s works, created in Germany and Japan about plants and animals, question contemporary people who seek and define the meaning and value of what they see, asking them what is real, what is nature, and what is something they recognize.
2022 New publication | Intimacy of Paradise is featured in EIKON magazine #118, published by the Austrian Institute of Photography and Media Art (Österreichisches Institut für Photographie und Medienkunst). Text by Walter Seidl. Many thanks to the EIKON team.
Featured Artists : Andreas Fogarasi Tomoko Kawai Jakob Lena Knebl Benoît Maubrey ORLAN Ashley Hans Scheirl
Exhibition: Tomoko Kawai Becoming Animals: It animates me, and I animate it Opening: May 24, 2022, 7 pm Duration: May 25 to August 21, 2022 Location: EIKON Schauraum, Q21 / MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the exhibition at EIKON Schauraum in Vienna is canceled.
Intimacy of Paradise, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna, in 2021, received silver in the German Photo Book Prize 2021 (Deutscher Fotobuchpreis, Germany, 2021).
The German Photo Book Award is a competition in which a jury selects the best photo books in the German-speaking world. It was founded in 1975 as the Kodak Photo Book Prize in cooperation with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the Landesgewerbeamt Stuttgart and was held annually under this name until 2003. Since 2003 and after the withdrawal of Kodak AG as a sponsor and name giver, the prize has continued under the name “Deutscher Fotobuchpreis.” Prizes are awarded for special achievements by authors, photographers, and publishers in the field of photo books.