Tatzu Nishi

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Tatzu Nishi
Born Nishino Tatsu
1960
Nagoya, Japan
Nationality Japan
Occupation artist

Tatzu Nishi (西野達?, Nishino Tatsu, born 1960)[1] is an internationally exhibited installation artist. He is known for transforming historical monuments by surrounding the statue or building with domestic spaces including functioning hotels.

Early life[edit]

Nishi was born in 1960 in Nagoya, Japan. He studied at Musashino Art University, Tokyo from 1981 until 1984. Later he moved to Germany and enrolled at Kunstakadamie, Münster.

Career[edit]

Nishi has built his fabricated hotels and apartments around historical monuments in Europe, Australia, Singapore and America.

For the 2011 Singapore Biennale the artist surrounded the city state's 70-ton cement Merlion statue with a luxury hotel room.[2]

His first project in the United States was "Discovering Columbus", a penthouse apartment surrounding Gaetano Russo's statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle, Manhattan.[3] For "Discovering Columbus", Nishi designed the living room with numerous pop references to American cultural symbols.[4]

Names[edit]

Nishi often adopts different names while working on particular projects, for example Tatzu Oozu, Tazro Niscino, Tatsurou Bashi, and Taturo Atzu in addition to Tatzu Nishi.[5][6]

Projects[edit]

  • "Engel", 2002, Basel, Switzerland
  • "Villa Victoria", 2002, Liverpool
  • "Reihe", 2002, Berlin
  • "Untitled", 2009, Hamburg
  • "Heroe", 2010, Guatemala City
  • "Merlion Hotel", 2011, Singapore
  • "Hotel Ghent", 2012
  • "Discovering Columbus", 2012, Manhattan
  • "Hotel Manta", 2014, Helsinki
  • "The Garden which is closest to God", Amsterdam, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tatzu Nishi biography". Art Inasia.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  2. ^ "tatzu nishi: the merlion hotel at singapore biennale 2011". Design Boom.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  3. ^ "NYC Landmark Becomes Living Room in the Sky". ABC News.com. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ Sherwood Pundyk, Anne (November 2012). "Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  5. ^ Anthony Bond (2011), "Swapping public and private: Tatzu Nishi", in Ben Parry; Sally Medlyn; Myriam Tahir, Cultural Hijack: Rethinking Intervention, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, pp. 172–89, ISBN 978-1-84631-751-4 
  6. ^ "Taturo Atzu: The Garden Which is the Nearest to God | oude kerk". oudekerk.nl. Retrieved 2015-09-22. 

External links[edit]

  • Tatzu Nishi Bio on artnet – [1]
  • Nishi in Australia – [2]
  • Nishi in the Singapore Biennial – [3]
  • Nishi in Eisenach, Germany - [4]