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Utsurohi
1996 - stainless steel

The Japanese artist wanted a large open field where she could further her investigation of linear forms in space through a series titled Utsurohi, which in Japanese is the name of a particular kind of wind. At Celle, she chose a hill overlooking the park. On the lower slopes grapes and olives are cultivated, while the top of the hill hosts a clearing that offers a panoramic view of the plain below, from Pistoia to Florence (one can even see Brunelleschi's dome clearly on the horizon). Miyawaki drove several stainless steel bases into the ground; from these depart thin fluctuating cables that draw sweeping lines in space. Lines traced in this way recall the path of circling winds or the flight of birds. The wires create designs within space that respect the landscape with their absolute transparency.

Aiko Miyawaki

Aiko Miyawaki was born in 1929 in Tokyo where she died in August 2014. Among her one-woman shows we recall here Mikimoto Hall, Tokyo (1981); Gallery Ueda Warehouse, Tokyo (1983); Nishida Gallery, Nara (1984); Galerie Hosun, Tokyo (1985); Staempfli Gallery, New York (1986); Galerie Saint-Guillaume, Tokyo (1990); Galerie Art Défense, Paris (1990); Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris (1990); Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (1991); Galleria Saka, Tokyo (1993); Palac Sztuki, Krakow (1994); Hara Museum of Art, Tokyo (1996); Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura (1998); Museum Haus Kasuya, Tokyo (2006).
Among her permanent public works we recall those at the, Nagi, Okayama; Hakone Open-Air Museum; Biwako Ohashi Sculpture Plaza, Shiga; Museum of Contemporary Art, Gunma; Plaza Tower and Town Center, Costa Mesa, California (www.segerstrommedialab.com); Anella Olimpica, Barcelona; the Esplanande at La Défence, Paris. In 1994 she opened a series of art pieces at the new Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by her husband Arata Isozaki.

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