Conceived as aspace to inspire

Chu Residency at Tateyama will launch in 2021, inviting national and/or international artists each year. The residency will offer an environment of purity that gives artists an opportunity to transcend — stepping outside the routines and intrusions of daily life, to focus on creating profound work. Conceived as a space to inspire, Chu Residency at Tateyama will welcome artists to an immersive experience unbound from the constraints of traditional institutions.

Beginning in 2022, studios will provide Japanese and international artists from all disciplines with an engaging environment to explore their craft — participants will be offered valuable insights and one-on-one mentorship from leading art professionals, as well as open access to museums and collections.

A community structure will foster a deeper understanding of artists’ relationship with their work, evolve their knowledge of the art world and elevate their creative endeavours. Chu Residency at Tateyama will open its doors once a year for the public to meet with resident artists, encouraging integration with the local community. The residency will be dynamic and continually expand as a digital space showcasing artists’ work, to actively attract new audiences around the world.


Why Tateyama& ‘IWA’

The unique characteristics of Tateyama led Chu Foundation to select it as the site of its first artist residency. Artists participating in the program will be met with the serene beauty of a place that speaks in idyllic, emotive landscapes carved by time, harmoniously entwined with a rich cultural heritage and a thoroughly forward-thinking outlook.

The Chu family was introduced to Tateyama through its partnership with ‘IWA’, a new sake brand by Richard Geoffroy and a constellation of creative minds – which is launching with the aim of bringing one of Japan’s finest art forms to a global audience.

IWA’s Shiraiwa brewery will open in January 2021. It will rest between mountain foothills, with access to the purest local water straight from the crest of Japan, amidst some of the heaviest snowfall in the world. There, it’s not rare to meet groups of red-faced monkeys crossing the paddy fields.

Richard Geoffroy

The fifth chef de cave for Dom Pérignon Champagne, Richard expressed the creative ambition of the iconic wine for 28 years. His new vision is to launch IWA sake, hoping to contribute to a story started in Japan a thousand years ago.

Marc Newson

The storied industrial designer carved IWA into glass — designing a sake vessel finished with a distinctively dark, velvety luster. The brand mark, full of drama, was drawn by calligrapher Mariko Kinoshita in collaboration with designer Hideki Nakajima.

Ryuichiro Masuda

CEO of Masuda Shuzo, a family-owned sake company established in 1893 is another pillar of the project. His native region of Toyama became IWA’s hometown.

Kengo Kuma

As one of Japan’s pre-eminent architects, Kuma seeks to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings and reinterpret them. Tateyama became the site where Kuma would build his first sake brewery, a rare opportunity, even for an architect of Kuma’s stature.