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Friedrich Kunath’s Solo Exhibition Begins At The Kaikai Kiki Gallery

Friedrich Kunath’s Solo Exhibition Begins At The Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On May 15, the Kaikai Kiki Gallery marked the opening of its long awaited solo exhibition for German artist Friedrich Kunath: I used to be darker But then I got lighter And then I got dark again.

The artist himself arrived in Japan recently and installation has been underway the entire week. Featuring 20 works in a wide variety of media, including paintings, photography, video, and more, the exhibition is composed almost entirely of new material.

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On the left is Mr. Kunath. Standing next to him is Tim Blum, the owner of LA’s BLUM & POE gallery. Blum & Poe are one of the galleries who represent Kunath’s artwork.

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That’s a lot of materials. We hope you look forward to seeing how they were used.

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The works arrived from LA with little to no trouble.

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Kunath carrying out a condition check.

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Here, a device of some kind is being constructed. To see how it turned out, you’ll have to visit the gallery.


Just before the opening, Mr. Kunath was kind enough to grant us an interview.

ー What areas do you want people to focus on with this exhibition?

I hope that people will really take a look at themselves. And I especially want the show to be viewed by young Japanese audiences, so I hope they find it accessible. In viewing the works, I hope that some area of their mind will be set free.

ーWith this being your first trip to Japan, what are your impressions?

Being here in Japan has been a really dramatic, exciting experience. In general, I just try to absorb all my experiences onto the empty canvass. (Also, Takashi (Murakami) has been a really fantastic host!!)

ーWhat did you hope to convey with the title of the exhibition, I used to be darker But then I got lighter And then I got dark again.

I felt the title was one that carried deep emotion, while at the offering being a very simple contrast between light and dark. The idea of duality is very important to me emotionally, visually, and philosophically.

This solo exhibition began from Takashi Murakami’s simple desire to share Kunath’s work with as many people as possible, particularly young Japanese.

We hope you all will come experience the exhibition for yourselves at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery. We’ll be waiting for you.



 

 

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