Intervention: Fifteen stones
27th September - 21st October 2018, Mies van der Rohe Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
DATE: 21/10/2018
"The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and Nordenhake Gallery invite you to "Fifteen stones (Ryoan-ji)" by Spencer Finch, an intervention at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

Ryoan-ji, "The Temple of the Dragon at Peace", is located in Kyoto and this intervention evokes its famous karesansui (zen garden), which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of Japanese culture. On a surface of white gravel measuring 25x10m, almost the same dimensions as the pond of the Pavilion, fifteen stones are arranged in such a way that it is not possible to see them all at the same time, no matter the position of the observer. This abstract composition of stones in space that encourages meditation is open to interpretation, in the same way as Fifteen Stones.

"The Ryoanji Garden in Kyoto and the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona are two of my favorite places in the world. In spite of their many differences, to me they are incredibly similar, in terms of how they generate thought about being a human seeing and moving through space.
By dropping a version of Ryoanji into the reflecting pool of the Pavilion, by being able to see these two miracles of humanity next to each other, I am hoping that my brain will explode." Spencer Finch

27 September at 18:00 h opening with a conversation between Gary Hilderbrand, Marina Cervera (Landscape Biennial), Ivan Blasi (Fundació Mies van der Rohe), and the artist Spencer Finch."

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