ICOM KYOTO 2019

25th General Conference

1-7 September, 2019

Keynote Speech

 

Sep. 2 (Mon) DAY2

KENGO KUMA

Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama in 1954 and he completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. In 1990 he established its own firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, which today designs a wide variety of projects across the world with more than 200 architects based in Tokyo, China and Paris. Kuma taught at Keio University as professor, and in 2009 he was installed as professor at the Graduate School of Architecture of the University of Tokyo.
Kuma was awarded with Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award in 1997 for the Noh Stage in the Forest and Mainichi Art Award in 2010 for Nezu Museum. Some of his recent works include Suntory Museum of Art, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, Nagaoka City Hall Aore, Kabukiza, Besançon Art Center and Cité de la Musique, FRAC Marseille and V&A Dundee. Kengo Kuma & Associates are also working on the New National Stadium Japan along with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei.
He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean. His major writings, Anti-Object, Natural Architecture, Small Architecture have been published in English from AA Publications, the book department of AA School, UK’s prestigious architecture institution.


Website: http://kkaa.co.jp/

©PEY INADA

Speech Title:
To be announced
Date:
Monday 2 September 2019
Venue:
Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center

Main works

Kodama(ITALY)

Kodama(ITALY)
©Kengo Kuma & Associates

浅草文化観光センター

Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center
© Takeshi YAMAGISHI

梼原 木橋ミュージアム

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
©Takumi Ota

 

 

Sep. 3 (Tue) DAY3

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado, born in 1944 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, lives in Paris.
Having studied economics, he began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with photo agencies until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, created exclusively for his work.
He travelled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Beyond press publications, his main works were presented in books. Touring exhibitions of these works have been, and continue to be, presented in museums and galleries throughout the world.
Salgado is currently working on a photographic project on the theme of the Brazilian Amazon forest and its inhabitants, the indigenous communities. This work will be presented in the form of books and exhibitions in 2021.
Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is the recipient of prestigious honors, such as the Grand Prix National, Ministry of Culture and French-Speaking Countries, France. In 2016, Salgado was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Institut de France, and was named Chevalier (Knight) de la Légion d’Honneur, France. Salgado is an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in USA and was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA in 2019.

©Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Speech Title:
To be announced
Date:
Tuesday 3 September 2019
Venue:
Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center

Main works

Chemical sprays protect this fire fighter against the heat of the flames.

Chemical sprays protect this fire fighter against the heat of the flames.
Greater Burhan, after the Gulf War. Kuwait, 1991.

Korubo members of the Pinu family.

Korubo members of the Pinu family.
Indigenous territory of the Javari Valley. State of Amazonas, Brazil. 2017.

Group of Waura fishing in the Piulaga Lake.

Group of Waura fishing in the Piulaga Lake. Upper Xingu, Mato Grosso Brazil. 2005.

 

 

Sep. 4 (Wed) DAY4

CAI GUO-QIANG

Cai Guo-Qiang is an artist born in 1957 in Quanzhou, China. He was trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theatre Academy from 1981 to 1985, and his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art including drawing, installation, video, and performance. Cai began to experiment with gunpowder in his hometown Quanzhou, and continued exploring its properties while living in Japan from 1986 to 1995. This inquiry eventually led to the development of his signature outdoor explosion events. Drawing upon Eastern philosophy and contemporary social issues as a conceptual basis, his artworks respond to culture and history and establish an exchange between viewers and the larger universe around them. His explosion art and installations are imbued with a force that transcends the two-dimensional plane to engage with society and nature.

Cai was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 1999, the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2007, and the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2009. In 2012, he was honored as a Laureate for the prestigious Praemium Imperiale, and in the same year, he was named as one of the five artists to receive the first U.S. Department of State Medal of Arts for his outstanding commitment to international cultural exchange.

He currently lives and works in New York.

Website:https://caiguoqiang.com/

Cai Guo-Qiang in front of his work Color Gunpowder Drawing for City of Flowers in the Sky: Daytime Explosion Event for Florence, Uffizi Galleries, 2018.
Photo by Yvonne Zhao, courtesy Cai Studio

Speech Title:
To be announced
Date:
Wednesday 4 September 2019
Venue:
Main Hall, Kyoto International Conference Center

Main works

Color Gunpowder Drawing for City of Flowers in the Sky

Color Gunpowder Drawing for City of Flowers in the Sky: Daytime Explosion Event for Florence, 2018
Photo by Wen-You Cai, courtesy Cai Studio

Footprints of History: Fireworks Project for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Footprints of History: Fireworks Project for the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2008
Photo by Hiro Ihara, courtesy Cai Studio

Heritage, 2013

Heritage, 2013
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA
Courtesy: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art