A new documentary that maps the architectural construction by Tadao Ando of Bosco Sodi’s Fundación Casa Wabi, is released on iTunes today, August 29. Tadao Ando: Just Meet is narrated in the Japanese master’s own voice, taking us from his studio in Japan to the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, where Sodi’s remote foundation resides. Directed by Fernanda Romandia, the documentary brings Ando’s work to life as he discusses gratitude, boxing, the arts, and his enduring passion for architecture.
Casa Wabi, founded by artist Bosco Sodi, is a nonprofit art center in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, that acts as a stage for world-renowned contemporary artists and architects to engage with the local community. Completed in 2014, the foundation was recently the subject of a publication by Rizzoli.
Bosco Sodi (b. 1970) is known for his use of raw, natural materials to create large-scale textured paintings and objects. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential simplicity of his materials and the vivid pigments he sources. Sodi has described his creative process as a “controlled chaos” that makes “something that is completely un-repeatable.” Focusing on material exploration, the creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. His works become memories and relics symbolic of the artist’s conversation with the raw material that brought them into creation.
Tadao Ando (b. 1941) established Tadao Ando Architect & Associates in 1969. Major works include the Church of the Light, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Chichu Art Museum. Awarded the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) Prize for the Row House in Sumiyoshi in 1979, Japan Art Academy Prize in 1993, Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, Person of Cultural Merit (Japan) in 2003, International Union of Architects (UIA) Gold Medal in 2005, John F. Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts in 2010, Shimpei Goto Award in 2010, Order of Culture (Japan) in 2010, Commander of the Order of Art and Letters (France) in 2013, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit (Italy) in 2015, and Isamu Noguchi Award in 2016. Held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1991 and Centre Pompidou in 1993. Taught as a visiting professor at Yale University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. Professor at the University of Tokyo from 1997. Professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo since 2003.