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Member Preview for Takahiro Iwasaki: Nature of Perception

A preview from Iwasaki’s studio: Reflection Model (Rashomon), 2023 Takahiro Iwasaki, Courtesy of ANOMALY

Members and their guests are invited to a first look of the latest Art Exhibition, Nature of Perception.

The Pavilion will open during Member Hours at 9:00 AM, and a member of the Garden’s curatorial team will provide additional context about the featured art and artist to enhance attendees understanding and experience.

About the Exhibition

Featuring the work of our Artist-in-Residence*, Takahiro Iwasaki, this Hiroshima-based artist gained worldwide recognition when he represented Japan at the 2017 Venice Biennale, a renowned contemporary art and architectural exposition often described as the Olympics of the art world. Iwasaki’s architecturally accurate models of historic Japanese sites are transformed into immersive installations, where his sculptures are suspended off the floor with an inverted duplicate model assembled underneath. 

Iwasaki plays with our sense of the familiar, using everyday materials and transforming them into extraordinary model landscapes that literally turn our expectations upside down. 

*About the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program

The AiR Program at Portland Japanese Garden is one of Japan Institute’s Global Center for Culture and Art’s inspiring offerings. Experiencing Japanese arts and culture in the serene environment of the Garden forges deeper connections between nature and humanity that reinforces our interdependence. Residencies aim to give artists and craftspeople the opportunity to experience the Pacific Northwest and engage with the local community. Artists are provided time and space to draw inspiration from Portland Japanese Garden while members and visitors are introduced to the ever-expanding array of contemporary Japanese art, performance, and cultural practices.

Takahiro Iwasaki’s Artist-in-Residency was generously provided by

Additional support provided by