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Double bill – JAPAN: THE NEW ART & TADAO ANDO: SAMURAI ARCHITECT

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The Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium (City Hall Wing, Level B1)

National Gallery Singapore

1 St. Andrew's Road

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This double bill is part of a two-day film programme exploring the development and legacy of Minimalism. Day 1 delves into the practice of Post-Minimalist artist Eva Hesse. Day 2 explores the practices of Mono-ha artists Nobuo Sekine and Lee Ufan Lee, as well as contemporary artist Tadao Ando, whose architectural works reflect the influences of Minimalism today.

This programme includes a post-screening dialogue with Russell Storer, one of the curators of Minimalism: Space. Light. Object., an exhibition which runs from 16 Nov 2018 to 14 Apr 2019 at National Gallery Singapore. It looks at the development and legacies of Minimalism from the 1950s to the present day, not only in the United States but also in Asia, Australia and Europe.


JAPAN: THE NEW ART
By Michael Blackwood and Christian Blackwood

Japan | In Japanese with English dubbing | 1970 | 28 min | PG | Trailer

This film documents the practices of Japanese avant-garde artists in the 1970s who are now major figures in art history. They include the Gutai group, Nobuo Sekine, Lee Ufan, Jiro Takamatsu, Shingo Honda, Susumu Koshimizu, Keiji Yabe and Katsuhiko Narita. The film elaborates on the theories of Mono-ha (“School of Things” in Japanese), an art movement that emerged in the late 1960s, and includes footage of what is commonly considered the first Mono-ha work, Phase–Mother Earth by Sekine.

Director Michael Blackwood uses narration and voice-overs sparingly, letting the footage speak for itself. This approach is especially poignant as most of the Mono-ha works were ephemeral—made of natural or recycled materials, and often dismantled soon after they were exhibited. The cinematic recording allows us to experience the works, their materials, spaces and processes in those moments in time.

Michael Blackwood (b. 1934) has made more than 150 films over the course of his career, which began at NBC television. In 1966, he founded Blackwood Productions Inc. to create permanent records of leading figures in the fields of art, architecture, music, dance, history, science and literature. His films have been widely aired in the United States and globally, and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums and universities. He received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2014. His brother Christian Blackwood (1942–1992) joined the company in 1972, and played a significant role as cinematographer, editor and director, creating more than 95 films in his lifetime.


TADAO ANDO: SAMURAI ARCHITECT
By Shigenori Mizuno

Japan | In Japanese and Italian with English subtitles | 2015 | 73 min | Rating TBA | Trailer

Tadao Ando is one of the most acclaimed architects of our time, and a recipient of
the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honour. His minimalist designs—informed by Zen principles and
characterised by the use of reinforced concrete, wood and stone—have redefined the way we view space, and allow for natural elements like the sun, wind and rain to change the patterns of his structures.

The film follows Ando over the course of one year as he works on the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre (2014), giving us a glimpse into his artistic process. It also traces the evolution of his practice as he shares his design principles and philosophy, and the process of working on iconic buildings such as Row House in Sumiyoshi (1976), the Church of the Light in Osaka (1989) and Punta della Dogana in Venice (2009). In contrast to his calm and elegant creations, the former professional boxer’s forceful personality and sharp wit have earned him the moniker “Samurai Architect.”

Shigenori Mizuno (b. 1968) is Head of Programming and Production at PERFORM Investment Japan, a media company responsible for all programmes on DAZN Japan. This includes 7000 live sports events per year, documentaries and original programming. Before joining PERFORM, Shigenori worked for Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Japan’s largest broadcasting organisation. He has directed and produced numerous documentaries that have been broadcast internationally, including J'etais a Fukushima (France 5), Miracle Planet (Discovery Canada, France 5) and Second Wave (CBC Canada). Tadao Ando: Samurai Architect won the Best Pitch award at Tokyo Docs 2013, and has been shown at film festivals worldwide.




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Doors open at 2.45pm for registered patrons with their tickets, which are attached to their order confirmation email.


For visitors without tickets, admission will begin 5 minutes before the screening on a first come, first served basis, subject to seat availability.


Admission will be based on the higher classification rating of the two films, and subject to valid proof-of-age IDs produced at the entrance.


Food and drink are not permitted in the Auditorium.

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