Main Forum

Aiko Miyawaki realizes installation for IG Metall / IGEMET, Frankfurt on the Main

Aiko Miyawaki, one of the most renowned artists of the 20th / 21st century. Century, was born in Tokyo in 1929. After completing her studies at the women's college (Nihon Joshi Daigaku) ​​she worked as a freelance artist and initially concentrated on surrealism. Her work has been presented in numerous exhibitions, museums and galleries around the world since 1959, including the Central Gallery in Tokyo, the Riverside Museum and Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Miro Foundation in Barcelona. There are also many public space designs around the globe.

In 2003, Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting carried out an extensive artist competition for the MainForum premium property of IG Metall / IGMET. The first prize for the design of the forum went to Aiko Miyawaki, whose installation UTSUROHI will be presented to the public at the end of May 2004. It is the first public art in architecture project by this outstanding Japanese artist in Germany.

Aiko Miyawaki developed a chrome-plated steel cable construction in 1979, the so-called Utsurohi, which loosely translates as "A moment of movement". The syllable "utsu" describes the invisible constant of the universe that animates all life and the fluid rhythm of the innumerable events in infinity organized. The sculptures are attached directly to the floor or on pillars. Due to their fragile, rounded shape, they submit to the elements and enter into a symbiosis with them.

Aiko Miyawaki "plants" her sculptures in the earth to emphasize this symbiosis. She uses the harmony between her sculptures and the elements of Mediterranean nature and its intense light to achieve an encounter with the limits of the visible. Aiko Miyawaki understands her Utsurohi as a cosmic dialogue between heaven, wind, light, earth and people. For this reason the Utsurohi can only be understood within the natural phenomena, in the rhythmic repetitions of the seasons or in the constant changes in the light conditions. The origin of this idea is a personal process in which Aiko Miyawaki expresses childhood memories and her former desire for freedom. Due to their constant movement and their simple shape, the Utsurohi are not predictable and challenge the viewer to search for the invisible in the fragile labyrinth of lines and shapes search.