Casa de Velázquez in 1920 and Villa Kujoyama in 1992, enriched the experience of living in contact with the Italian Renaissance by offering the prospect of a change of scenery towards the Iberian Peninsula and the Far East.
But today, at the beginning of the 21st century, why do artists still choose to travel to these destinations often perceived as the symbol of the Academy, classicism or tropism of the Empire of Signs? What does an artist in residence in Madrid, Rome or Kyoto do? Free today from all exoticism, does this change of scenery still make sense in a globalized world where artists travel from a museum in Shanghai to a biennale in St. Petersburg or Rio de Janeiro? Globalization, through the internationalization of the art world, is one of the most current dimensions and the usefulness of these residencies abroad. How does the artist apprehend his immersion in a new country, a new culture, a new language? How does his discovery of new models or contact with other artists translate into his work? What place do the encounters he makes there, the opening to shared work in a radically new environment or the experience of collective life that a "residency" means by definition, occupy in his reflection and more broadly in his creative journey? How does his practice adapt to new references and a new environment?
Villa Kujoyama, a unique residence
Hoisted on the Yamashina mountain away from the city centre without being really isolated, the Villa constitutes a place of retreat, as it was designed by the architect Kunio Kato who accentuated this monastic destination by orienting the windows of the studios towards the mountain wall. This decision, which sacrifices the view to his vision, helps to create an extraordinary setting and situation, conducive to concentration and daydreaming. […]Staying at the Villa is an unforgettable experience. It is like entering a monastery, with a particular, neutral temporality, situated between East and West, which produces a disposition of mind and body. »Anne Bonnin, art critic, and Thomas Clerc, writer
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