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DVD-BOOK: Tadashi Kawamata / Workshop

Public price: 18,00 €


A co-publishing a.p.r.e.s éditions / La Maréchalerie – centre d’art contemporain.


One hundred and fifty students from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Versailles, a team of ten teaching staff, various technical services, all working together for several months on the same project led by Tadashi Kawamata, using unusual means: five thousand wooden fruit crates. Using ordinary methods for an extraordinary result: Gandamaison, a combination of fragile, transformable and transitory architectural constructions.
A human venture that is extended in Tadashi Kawamata’s exhibition at the Contemprary Art Centre, La Maréchalerie.
In “WORKSHOP”, Kawamata talks about the aims of the Versailles experiment in an interview describing seven similar international projects in Basel (Switzerland), Boston (US), Kemingawa (Japan), London (UK), Mataro (Spain), Toyota (Japan), Saint-Thélo (Brittany, France).
Long-term collaborator, Gilles Coudert’s DVD complements the interview by following the process of the Versailles project from its beginning and shows how Tadashi Kawamata’s personal installation ensues from the workshop.


Introductory text by Nicolas Michelin, director of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles and by Valérie Knochel Abecassis, director of La Maréchalerie – centre d’art contemporain.
Interview between Tadashi Kawamata and Gilles Coudert.
Biography of Tadashi Kawamata.

Film « Tadashi Kawamata, Gandamaison » by Gilles Coudert (30 min. / 2008)

More informations

BOOK: French/English – 21 x 15 cm (hardcover) – 80 pages (color & b/w ill.) – ISBN 978-2-9528897-3-5

Video DVD: 30 minutes – Original version – French & English subtitles – Film © 2008 a.p.r.e.s production


September 2013 (2nd publication)


DVD-Book Collection (eng)

Gilles Coudert, Tadashi Kawamata, Versailles