Katsura Funakoshi: dancing as a pupa
The sculptures of Japanese sculptor Katsura Funakoshi, carved out of camphor wood, seem to be removed from reality, as if fallen out of time. Surrounded by an aura of aloofness and lost in deep inner contemplation, his intensely emotional sculptures captivate the viewer with their silent yet immediate presence. Funakoshi's artistic work focuses on the human being. His wooden figurative sculptures reveal a remarkable synthesis of Eastern and Western artistic traditions. The exhibition includes wood sculptures and works on paper. The drawings serve as preliminary studies for his sculptures, but are also independent works corresponding with his sculptural work.
Funakoshi, a highly regarded sculptor particularly in is home country Japan, gained international recognition in 1988 through his participation in the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale in 1989 and Documenta 9 in Kassel in 1992. Besides exhibitions at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, among others, his works have been shown at international museums such as Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the San Francisco Museum of Art, California, the Akron Art Museum, Ohio and the Seattle Art Museum, Washington.