Naples and Japan united for art

Published in Museums & Attractions
05 May 2017

Made in Cloister hosts The Shower, the site-specific installation by the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata created with the participation of artisans and kids from the district Porta Capuana.

Promoting cultural heritage while experimenting new ways for the renovation of ancient craftsmanship knowledge through the vision of artists and designers: this is the mission of Made in Cloister Foundation to which this year, in the creation of a large site-specific installation titled "the Shower", the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata has committed. The work, which will be both inside the cloister and on the façade of the the adjacent Renaissance church of S. Caterina in Formiello, was created by the Japanese artist during a two-week stay in Naples with the participation of artisans and kids of the Porta Capuana district and the supervision of the project's curator, Demetrio Paparoni.

Upon invitation of the Made in Cloister Foundation, the artist visited Naples and the area of Porta Capuana in September 2016, exploring it with the eye of the researcher and scholar. Following that investigation, Kawamata prepared his intervention work, described in detail during his second visit to Naples, in April. As often before in his work, the materials used are recycled and chosen as an expression of the local economy. In the construction of his wooden structures, for example, the artist uses fruit and vegetable wooden boxes commonly used in markets.

The artists involved artisans and kids from the Porta Capuana district in the project execution, through the association Officine Gomitoli, to create a great collective work. The neighborhood has, thus, become the protagonist, both for the extension of the work and for the collaborative and participative artistic execution mode. The Embassy of Japan in Italy included the event in the official celebrations of the 150th anniversary of relations between Japan and Italy. "Visiting places, meeting people, learning about their habits and their economy is the first step of my projects," said the artist. After his speech in 2013 at Palazzo Strozzi, this is the first installation in Italy by Kawamata created using a structure at the same time public and private.

From 14 May to 5 August

Fondazione Made in Cloister. Chiostro di S. Caterina a Formiello. Porta Capuana, Napoli. T: 081447252 www.madeincloister.it