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Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (U.S.A.)

  • Ken + Julia Yonetani (Japanese and Australian), U.S.A., Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (U.S.A), 2015. Uranium glass, metal structure, UV.

  • Ken + Julia Yonetani (Japanese and Australian), U.S.A., Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations (U.S.A), 2015. Uranium glass, metal structure, UV.

About the Exhibition

This is the largest work in the artists’ series of chandelier sculptures, introduced at the2013 Singapore Biennial. Entitled Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations, the installation was comprised of 31 uranium glass chandeliers. Utilizing the rarely employed material of uranium glass, the size of the chandelier corresponds to the scale of each country’s nuclear power capacity. Now glowing beneath the historic dome in the lobby of 21c Kansas City, this work references nature, artifice, technology, and various manifestations of power, expressing the artists’ interrogation, “In the future, what should we wish for?”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ken + Julia Yonetani’s work explores the interaction between humans, nature, science, and the spiritual realm in the contemporary age, unearthing and visualizing hidden connections between people and their environment. Their installations work within an interdisciplinary field, inspiring responses through all five senses – sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch. They incorporate performance and prompt the viewer through immersive interactions. The work of Ken + Julia Yonetani has gained international acclaim for its combination of aesthetics and nuanced explorations of contemporary issues. In 2009, the artists represented Australia at the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art. In 2015, a survey of their work, Un autre rêve [Another Dream] was presented at the Abbaye de Maubuisson in France. Ken + Julia Yonetani are represented by Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo.

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