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Tadashi Kawamata

Middelheim Museum

The Middelheim sculpture park on the outskirts of Antwerp is devoted to modern as well as contemporary work; it shares its name and the no-man’s-land that it occupies with the large modernist hospital that looms over it. Often, the invited artists delve into the depths of the park. Tadashi Kawamata, by contrast, deliberately avoided such sites in order to tackle the park’s peripheral status. He constructed a bridge above the road that separates the park's contemporary section from its modern section and a trench that plunges into the ground where the earth had been freshly turned up from a recent expansion of the park. These two structures, at once monumental and invisible, were constructed with the wooden planks that the artist usually works with—provisional structures whose material can be reused.

By broadening the summit of the bridge, Kawamata changed its function from that of a simple

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