KOCHI - New PORTRAITS OF THE NON-EXISTENT-BIRD.

From 20 July to 20 August 2020 - Espace Claude Lemand

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird. The Phoenix.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird. The Phoenix. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 1.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 1. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 2.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 2. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 3.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 3. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 4.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 4. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 5.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 5. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 6.

    Portrait of The Non-Existent-Bird 6. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 7.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 7. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 8.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 8. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 9.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 9. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 10.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 10. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 11.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird 11. Watercolour and graphite on paper, 76 x 56 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

Manabu KOCHI - New PORTRAITS OF THE-NON-EXISTENT-BIRD.
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Claude Lemand.

« Born in 1954 in Okinawa, Japan, Manabu Kochi finished his training in Italy and came to live in Paris in 1981. Working in the fields of sculpture, painting and engraving, he has succeeded in creating a personal link between Primitive Arts and the most innovative trends in European Modern Art. His works are full of philosophy, humour, colour and harmony. Since October 2018, the museum of the Institut du monde arabe in Paris now houses a very important collection of works by Manabu Kochi, thanks to the Claude and France Lemand Donation.

From the moment we first met in Paris in December 1988, he told me, ‘I tend to be an advocate of harmony rather than conflict, of the harmony amongst all living beings, who represent such resources; seeking for purity is illusionary as it ends up in fantasy’. This comment translates the artist’s pacifist philosophy, that opposes all types of dictatorship and war that can only lead to destruction, death and tragedy, as was the case for Japan and on the island of Okinawa.
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New Birds by Manabu Kochi.

The artist does not seem to be attempting to depict real birds, but rather birds from his prolific personal imagination and from universal legends, birds from the history and culture of the Okinawa archipelago and those from the vast variety of regions and cultures of other continents: nearby Oceania and Asia, as well as those of the Americas and Africa that resonate with him, and those of Europe, where he landed in 1979. They are of the land and sea, aquatic and cosmic. They are familiar with people and can fly above them to guide them in their travels. They are born of metamorphoses and grafts between birds and humans.

His birds soar above cities, seas and lands. They are attentive to the outside world, they observe, reflect and are at one with all of nature’s elements. We see them in profile, with an open, rounded eye ‒ rarely from the front with both eyes. And, contrary to the narratives and art of monotheistic religions, there are no doves or crows in the world of Manabu Kochi, nor are there any all-white or all-black birds: they are all colours!

His creativity and his entire body of work are characterised by playfulness and freedom of expression. All his birds are healthy and happy to live, fly and sing, alone, in a pair or in a group. Pairs of birds or human-birds are depicted face-to-face or back-to-back. Parents and their young are grouped into families with paternal or maternal attitudes. They are bound by solidarity and live in harmony.

Of the dozens of birds created by Manabu Kochi, none is injured or dead. The Phoenix is the only exception, drawn in 2019 when fire ravaged Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, but as a symbol and a promise of its imminent reconstruction. The Phoenix, known as Houou (empress bird) in Japan, is the only mythical bird in Manabu Kochi’s world; it appears on women’s kimonos in Okinawa and stands for peace and happiness, love and marital harmony, prosperity, longevity and spiritual elevation.

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