Many art museums and galleries own a series of the famous water lily paintings by Claude Monet. Of them, the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, France and the Chichu Art Museum in Naosima, Japan, are the only galleries to exhibit these works in a dedicated room. The white water lilies room in the Musée de l’Orangerie, which opened in 1927, was designed to a deliberate oval shape, through direct cooperation with Monet himself. The Chichu Art Museum takes a different tack, housing the Waterlilies collection of Soichiro Fukutake, chairman of Benesse group, and is designed by Tadao Ando, who studied Monet’s paintings and attempted to represent their essence through his architectural design. When architecture is carried out from this foundation of reciprocal understanding, it can provoke a chemical combination between space and the artwork exhibited.
A chance leads to an encounter, an encounter to interest, interest to dialogue, and dialogue to another opportunity. Dialogue provides the key when shaping the next stage in one’s mental encounter with a gallery. As such, under the direction of ‘encounters’ and ‘dialogues’, we are going to think about a process toward one common goal and mental preoccupation.
Artists lead the world of fantasy and architects remind us of ideal world. Their encounters intersect with fantasy and ideas open a new world to us. Artwork in real space, sheltering from rain and cold, makes imaginary or depicted rain all the more elusive and leaves an aftertaste hotter than the sun. This real encounters means more than three-dimensions are present in any one space.
The embodied encounter of two parties can produce architecture that embraces artwork. Let’s design a space for artists, particular works, collections, or collectors that you usually have been interested in, regardless of the fields, such as an artist, philosopher, novelist, and musician. This requires a deep understanding and conversation with them or their works. Its result can be a memorial hall, museum or the spatial conditions for the artist. We expect the idea would be expressed not only by architectural space but also by various other figurative types such as landscape (garden, park, plaza etc) and visual arts (furniture, product design).
Creating a real work as the result of research on human, philosophy, literary, fine arts, music. We expect to meet new world of works created by immeasurably intersecting encounters and the chance for deep dialogue in the Space Prize for International Students of Architectural Design. <by Do Ho Suh, Eulho Suh>