GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — April 30, 2018 — Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is honored to announce Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence.  Opening on May 25, 2018, this exclusive exhibition showcases Koorida’s work with a wide range of materials. Celebrated for partially carved and polished boulders like Existence, permanently sited in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden, Koorida has a broader repertoire that includes highly geometric pieces in a variety of materials and exquisite, large-scale drawings. This exhibition runs through August 19, 2018 and will display all aspects of his work.
 
In the last decade, Koorida has emerged as one of the most elegant voices in Contemporary sculpture. Although he has exhibited in China, Japan and across Europe, this exhibition is among his first in the United States. Works at a variety of scale and in a variety of materials will be featured in all the sculpture galleries. Of special significance are a series of large, never before seen drawings created specifically for this exhibition.

"Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is the first sculpture park that has collected my work in the United States," states Koorida. "Since the first time that I visited for the project in 2013, I have been to Meijer Gardens several times. I always find something new to discover; including great sculptures, exhibitions, beautiful flowers and gardens. I feel that the park is loved by people very much. It has been a great honor to be part of the collection. I am very glad to hold this solo exhibition at Meijer Gardens in 2018, it is exciting to have people experience it.”

“We are honored to be exhibiting the work of Masayuki Koorida. As one of his first gallery presentations in the United States, his repertoire will reach and inform a broad audience,” said Joseph Antenucci Becherer, Chief Curator and Vice President of Meijer Gardens. “Our relationship with Koorida is very important to Meijer Gardens and dates to the commission of his acclaimed piece Existence in our Japanese garden. His use of materials and form is both elegant and contemplative.”
 
Exhibition Programming
 
    • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: When is a Stone Just a Stone and When is it Art?
        Sunday, June 3, 2–3 pm
        Fee: Included with Admission
        Dr. Craig Hanson

Sculpture or structure? Artform or accident? Decorative art or garden decor? For millennia, stone has been used for decidedly unartistic purposes as well as the material of choice for many sculptors. This lecture explores how stone takes on new meaning as an art form while highlighting Existence by Masayuki Koorida, located in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden.  

    • Japanese Garden Sculpture Walk
        Sunday, July 15, 2 pm, OR Tuesday, August 7 at 6 pm
        Fee: Included with Admission
        Anna Wolff, Curator of Arts Education

Join us on a walking tour of the sculpture in The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden. See what makes this garden one of the most unique in the nation as we explore themes of tranquility, permanence and the relationship of humanity and the natural environment.

Meet at the Main Gate of the Japanese garden. Limited to 25 guests. Expect to stand and walk for 90 minutes. We recommend you see the exhibition Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence prior to taking the walking tour.

Exhibition programs are drop-in style and registration is not required. If you have questions, please direct them to Anna Wolff at 616-974-5225 or awolff@meijergardens.org
 
Masayuki Koorida: Beyond Existence is made possible by:
The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
MeijerGardens.org/calendar/beyond-existence/

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