By Ektarina Selezneva, Curator, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
For a European person it can seem strange to see a grown-up man making flower arrangements. But if you’re lucky to see Tetsunori Kawana doing so, it is obvious that the famous Japanese Ikebana culture is a really plenipotentiary and delicate but powerful art, like music, painting, or architecture. But unlike these mentioned arts, masterpieces made by Kawana-san are short-living. Their pale reflection can be found in the photographs that can hardly reproduce a hundredth part of that energy of creative tension and emotional connection between Master and the amazed audience of his presentations. A deliberation of the elements of the composition does not affect its incredible harmony that is not “tortured” by the multiple try-ons. All his works are polyphonic and apart from the meaning that Master embeds in them, one can find something sacred and personal and even unexpected secret in each. In 2005 Kawana-san visited Moscow and made a wonderful large-scale installation in the Garden of the Aphothecaries with the Moscow Institute of Architecture that was a great success. After that we had a mutual idea of a huge installation for the anniversary of the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. And bamboo “Passages” appeared in front of the facade of the gallery. This installation symbolized a passage from the real everyday world to the completely different world of beauty. It was a distinctive “prologue” to the entrance of the Temple of art. The visitors entering the building found themselves in a new space of light and air flowing through bamboo and got ready for perception of the art. The material – eight-meter green bamboo – was like a wish of eternal youth, heart cleanness, and upright movement for the Tretyakov Gallery. Green bamboo, traditional in Japan and unusual for Russians, was like an attempt to unite two great cultures in one creative project. This impressive work of Master Tetsunori Kawana along with Moscow Institute of Architecture High School of Landscape Architecture and Design was a great success in the Moscow cultural world. The event was covered by 12 TV channels and supported a high international status of the Tretyakov Gallery. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Moscow fell in love with Master Kawana and we are looking forward to seeing more of his amazing works.