Not the usual exhibit design. Jean Nouvel has transformed the spaces of the Power Station of Art in Shanghai into a theater of lights and shadows.
He has also made a film with a length of three and a half hours, and six works of art based on the concepts and inspirations of his architecture, delving into the buildings he has designed, as well as his thoughts and emotions.
The solo show Jean Nouvel, in my head, in my eye… belonging…, produced in collaboration with Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, is the first in China on the prize-winning French architect.
With over 200 projects completed around the world, Jean Nouvel is one of the most prolific architects.
Since the start of his career he has always pursued change and innovation: he stands out for his opposition to architectural stereotypes, focusing on the local context and the emotional aspect of buildings. Using advanced technologies and high-performance materials, Nouvel creates a harmonious relationship between construction, the surrounding environment and the historical context.
Light is a special focus in the work of the French architect, revealing the complexity and specificity of every designed space, and creating a fluid narrative.
The exhibition features six artworks based on six buildings that represent Jean Nouvel’s entire career: the Lucerne Culture and Convention Center; the Tête Défense in France, and the Tour Sans Fins and Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris; the Galeries Lafayette in Berlin and the 53W53 glass tower containing the extension of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Six projects that reflect a principle of inclusion. Exploiting local natural factors, the buildings are immersed in their contexts in a harmonious way, emphasized by the light that surrounds them.
In the main exhibition space a tall monument with the form of a tower seems to ‘blend into the sky,’ reflecting Jean Nouvel’s constant pursuit of infinity and eternity through tangible architecture.