Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird. - MANABU KOCHI.

From 15 to 17 May 2020 - Museum. Institut du monde arabe.

  • KOCHI, Book, 1996, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l'Oiseau-Qui-N'Existe-Pas, 1996. Artist book, with original gouaches on paper and poem by Claude Aveline manuscript by the artist in French and in Japanese.Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Book, 2004, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas, 2004. Artist book, 38 x 28 cm. Claude Aveline's poem manuscript by the artist in French and in Japanese, illustrated by original gouaches. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Book, 2005, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas, 2005. Artist book, 38 x 28 cm. Claude Aveline’s poem manuscript by the artist in French and in Japanese and illustrated by original gouaches. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Gouache, 2001, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l'Oiseau ..., 2001. Gouache on paper, 40 x 30 cm. Private Collection. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Kochi, Portrait de l’Oiseau ... Gouache.

    Portrait de l'Oiseau ..., 1997. Gouache on paper, 40 x 30 cm. Private Collection. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Sculpture, 2009, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l'Oiseau-Qui-N'Existe-Pas, 2009. Unique piece, 35 x 25 x 39 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Kochi, Sculpture, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Portrait de l'Oiseau-Qui-N'Existe-Pas, 2012. Unique piece, 29 x 21 x 27 cm.Private Collection. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Sculpture, 2009, Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas.

    Masque. Portrait de l'Oiseau-Qui-N'Existe-Pas, 2009. Unique piece, 47 x 15 x 30 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Kochi, L’Univers du Mythe, Relief 3.

    L'Univers du Mythe, 2007. Relief, 30 x 25 x 2 cm. © Manabu Kochi. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • KOCHI, Gouache 2002, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird.

    Portraits of The-Non-Existent-Bird, 2002. Four from a group of 20 gouaches on paper, 40 x 30 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi et Succession Claude Aveline.

  • KOCHI, Sculpture 1995, Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird. Metamorphosis.

    Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird. Metamorphosis, 1995. One of the 5 original sculptures included in the Donation Claude & France Lemand 2018. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Manabu Kochi.

PORTRAITS OF THE-NON-EXISTENT-BIRD - MANABU KOCHI.
Claude Lemand.

Born in Okinawa, Japan, in 1954, artist Manabu Kochi completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts of Florence and settled in France in 1981. A sculptor, painter and engraver, Kochi succeeded in developing his own personal universe that merges Primitive Art with the most innovative and positive modern European trends. His œuvre is full of philosophy and humour, and of colour and harmony.

Ever since we first met back in December 1988, I was seduced by Manabu Kochi’s sculptures and paintings. The figures of the bird already featured in his works. They were then going to develop into several sculptures, paintings on canvas, on paper and slate, engravings and original lithographs. Kochi translated into Japanese Claude Aveline’s poem entitled Portrait de l’Oiseau-Qui-N’Existe-Pas and included it in his painted books in France and in his publications in Japan.

Kochi’s birds are beings that are real and imaginary, earthling, aerial and cosmic, painted with bright colours and in black and white. They fly over cities, seas and lands; standing on their legs, they pay close attention to the outside world and they think; they are solo, in a couple or form a family. The artist says, « I found inspiration in this poem that talks about the reason of being of the human existence. Becoming a real bird is to find oneself, to know oneself and to build one’s own identity ».

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