TADAO ANDO + VENINI
11.07.2017 – 01.07.2018
The exhibition of the Cosmos collection by Tadao Ando and Venini at Les Ateliers Courbet follows its worldwide unveiling at Venini’s new Tokyo flagship store on October 6. The Japanese architect began collaborating with Venini in 2011 when he designed the Time series for its 90th anniversary. These glassworks punctuate his vast architectural repertoire, which includes single-family homes, cultural institutions and religious structures, and also spawned Venini’s expansion into foreign markets.
Cosmos delineates Ando’s evolution as a designer of art glass. Pure geometric lines offer a variety of compositions and installations resulting in an entire collection that brilliantly manifests the philosophical nature of Ando’s work. With the pieces configured together a spherical shape emerges through the ‘nothingness’—the Buddhist concept that abounds in the contemporary architect’s structural designs—and the Cosmos appears as suspended in time and place. Light glistens against the smooth glass surfaces and Ando creates a sacred moment in which the viewer contemplates the universe we inhabit.