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Leiko Ikemura, The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències


Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
From September 30, 2021 until March 6, 2022
The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències presents an open-access exhibition titled "Leiko Ikemura. AQUÍ ESTAMOS / HERE WE ARE", showcasing a series of six sculptures by Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura. This is the most significant exhibition of the artist so far in Spain.
All the figures, which are located in the southern lake of the Hemisfèric, hint at new and unknown creatures. Collectively, they form a lyrical stanza within the structural epic consisting of the architectures of the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències.
The large sculpture "Usagi Greeting" represents a hare-Bodhisattva, the mother of all existences. This hybrid being is hollow inside with an opening at the front of the skirt. Its long ears are similar to antennae indicating verticality, pointing towards the universe. The other pieces, also produced in bronze and with subtle colour patinas, consist of recumbent or reclining figures on light oval-shaped pedestals.
Leiko Ikemura was born in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, Japan. She currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She is an internationally renowned artist with major exhibitions in important museums around the world. Institutions such as the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, the Kunstmuseum Basel in Switzerland, and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, UK, among others, boast collections of her work.
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
vLeiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura, AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira
Leiko Ikemura AQUÍ ESTAMOS-HERE WE ARE © Leiko Ikemura & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 photo by Maria Mira