Born in 1944 in Kyoto, Aki Kuroda has become a major figure in contemporary art. The Japanese artist has always represented the human condition and the presence of Man in space through his canvases. His work has a universality that speaks to all fields from science (the artist has close ties to astrophysicists such as Hubert Reeves) to literature. Kuroda has illustrated several works during his career, notably those of Pascal Quignard and Michel Foucault. He’s also drawn to the theater, explaining that the quotation “To be or not to be” deeply moved him and he’s since created original drawings to illustrate an edition of “Hamlet” published by Éditions Gallimard and created ballet sets for the Paris Opera. He’s also extended his work to architecture, in particular with Tadao Ando, and has worked on both small to larger scale projets. This week, Yoyo Maeght and Benoît Coffin invited collectors and personalities from the art world to come inside Aki Kuroda’s studio for an exceptional encounter. It was an opportunity for guests to (re)discover the artist’s myriad works that have been on display all over the world including in the Forbidden City in Beijing…

Photos: Pierre Mouton
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