Variations on a Japanese Garden
Chantal Maillard, Beatriz Blanco, Mitsuaki Shigemori, o.a.
La Casa Encendida, 2018
This book invites the reader to indulge in contemplation, to delight in the aesthetic and spiritual experience offered by gardens. Published on the occasion of an exhibition curated by Alicia Chillida, offers a survey of works from different periods, continents and disciplines based on the theory of the “eternal modern” proposed by Mirei Shigemori (1896–1975), a noted Japanese landscape architect, calligrapher, theorist and master of the tea ceremony and the art of ikebana. it explores the typical concepts of the Japanese garden and is inspired by the work of Mirei Shigemori, a renowned landscape architect, theorist, painter, and ikebana master, who advocated the concept of the “eternal modern” to achieve a timeless modernity. Works range from the 19th century to the present, and from traditional prints to the latest manga, featuring artists such as Toyohara Chikanobu, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Richard Serra, Cildo Meireles, James Lee Byars, Nam June Paik, Yukio Nakagawa, David Hammons, Mirei Shigemori, John Cage, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Hidalgo, Víctor Grippo, Yoko Ono, Àngels Ribé, Iwana and Walter de Maria.