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yves dana, "fragment of genesis"

november 18 - december 22, 2017
taguchi fine art, tokyo

Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1959, Yves Dana sought refuge in Switzerland with his family in 1961. He studied sociology at University of Lausanne and at the same time fine art at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva, where he got diploma in 1983. Since his first solo show at Galerie Numaga in Auvernier, Switzerland, he periodically holds exhibitions in museums and galleries in Europe, the United States and Singapore. He now resides and works in Lausanne, Switzerland and Pietrasanta in Tuscany, Italy. His works are housed in museums as Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Tel Aviv Museum, many foundations, companies and private collections.

Yves Dana has been creating non-figurative sculptures with authentic and traditional materials in the history of sculpture. At the beginning of his carrier, he exclusively worked on iron and then moved to bronze and stone. Recently his main concern is stone sculpture. Despite of this changing of the material, it is consistent that he works directly on the material without preparing any drawings or models. He always works with his hands without leaving any part or process of the creation to his assistants or technicians.

Taguchi Fine Art made the presentation of his sculptures at Temporary Gallery in Cologne, Germany on the occasion of its pop-up event, "Taguchi Fine Art in Cologne" in 2011. And this is the first time to make his solo show in our gallery space in Tokyo. The show will consist of five stone sculptures and two bronze sculptures. Here in Japan it is his first solo show in 26 years since his solo exhibition at Kokusai Kyoiku Gakuin in Urayasu, Chiba in 1991.

When we look at his recent stone sculptures, those simple form created with his minimum commitment to the material reminds us the form of objects or sculptural/architectural ornaments by ancient craftsmen devoted to God. His works might take us to the origin or the genesis of the world. Please come to take a look.

From 17:00 till 19:00 on the first day, Saturday, November 18th, we will have a reception for the artist.

checklist of the installation

Nocturne, 2017
diabase polychrome
23 x 55 x 9 cm

Memoire, 2016
bronze, ed. 1/8
69 x 33 x 17 cm

Demeure celeste, 2009
Calcaire jaune d'Egypte
No.3 in the serial work of 8
125 x 11 x 11 cm

Le silence des pierres, 2017
Gres vert d'Espagne
89 x 24 x 20 cm

Autres songes, 2009
Pierre de Tavel polychrome
56 x 9 x 8 cm

En attente, 2012
bronze, ed. 4/8
84 x 9 x 4 cm

Chaddai, 2004
204 x 30 x 11 cm