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Ola-Dele Kuku studied at the Southern Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles (SCI-ARC). His roots are in Nigeria, a country where he also lived for a relatively short period. He currently lives and works in Brussels. Although he was trained as an architect, the word immediately arouses resistance, because he seriously questions the usefulness of architecture as generally practised. 'Architecture isn't anywhere near to being what it should be', as he put it. In one of the many interviews on his work, he also commented: 'Architecture has never been based itself on people. Building has always been something people did in defiance of a 'superior being' and based on the fear of a power far greater than themselves.' So in his opinion there has hardly been any evolution in architecture. That is why he adheres to his standpoint that the architect should endeavour to push back the frontiers of his profession and constantly blaze new trails. For him, functionality is not an immediate issue, nor is commercialism. Every object he has made is a specific Study into how proportions work: try-outs on which he works for several years, with considerable perseverance and enthusiasm. He considers himself to be more of an artist in search of the use of emptiness. In the same way as a teacup can be used because of empty space, he wants to knead space and add structure to it; the creation of structure in a world of disorder. In other words, a journey along the border between a visible and an imaginary world. The reasoning doesn't seem very tangible. Yet Ola-dele Kuku has realised a number of remarkable objects within that framework, culminating in the 'Opera Domestica'. Two Belgian companies - Lagae Hout from Kortrijk and de Noordboom from Ronse - were partly responsible for the coming about of that work. The objects in question have been carefully planned down to the last millimetre and appear to tell a story. They are unique pieces, marking the evolution in his ideas and actions. Ola-dele Kuku has given courses at the Milan Politecnico (Italy) and Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). He recently taught at the Tilburg Academy of Architecture (Netherlands). He has participated successfully in many international events and competitions. For instance, in 1995 he was awarded the Grand Prize/Prime Minister's Prize during the IFI Nagoya International Design Competition and in 1997 he received the Public Prize in the VIZO's Henry van de Velde contest. Hans Fonk - Objekt nr. 16 - Hans Fonk Publications 2000 Add Comment


. Studied Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los

Angeles, USA, and in Vico Morcote, Ticino, Switzerland __" 1984 / 1990

. Foundation of ___Ola-Dele Kuku__™ Projects Milan, 1990. (

. Foundation of ___Laboratorium - Academic Research Network__™ (L-ARN) Brussels,

1995 (


. Termination Rituals (1988/1989):

___ Museum of the Acropolis/Home for the Muses (1989/1990)

___ Apostasy (1989)

___ Opera Domestica (1990/1995)

___ Celestial Mechanics I - VIII (1997/1998)

___ Noah__™s Grief (1998/1999)

___ Numbers (1999)

___ Event Horizons (1988/2000) : Theme from 'Death of a Star':

I Critical Value I - X

II Shrinkage I - X

III Equilibrium I - X

___ Cultural Mapping (2000)

___ Aftermath I-X [Circumstances as Consequence] (2001/2002)

___ Fall Out I - IV (2002)

___ Living with the Fates I - XII (2003)

___ Nemesis Series I - XII Themes from living with the fates (2003/2004)

___ Experimental Experience (2004)

___ Chance Happening I - IV (2005/2006)

___ Agenda setting I - Conflict of Choice (2006)

___ Relative Options I - V (2006/2007)

___ Agenda setting II - Deviant Amplification (2008)

___ Collective Representation - (2008)

___ Six Dots - (2008/2009)

___ The Relapse Saga - (2008/2009)

___ Agenda setting III - Tra Papentesi (2009)


. 'Grand Prize - Prime Minister__™s Prize' __" IFI Nagoya International Design

Competition, Nagoya, Japan, 1995 -Teatro Dell__™Archivio (Opera Domestica I)

___ 'License of Honour' Tech-Art Prize 1995 (Vlaamse Ingenieurskamer), Antwerp, Belgium, 1995 - Teatro Dell'Archivio (Opera Domestica I)

___ 'Henry Van De Velde Prize - Prize of the Public 1997' VIZO at the Museum voor Sierkunst, Ghent, Belgium - Extract - Theme from Similar Difference

___ 'Mention Special du Jury pour la Cr__ativit__' (hors concours)

Biennale pour l'Art Contemporain Africain Dak'ART 2000


. Politecnico di Milano __"___'Home for the Muses___ (Milan, Italy) 1990

___ Nagoya Center __" ___Teatro Dell'Archivio___ (Nagoya, Japan) 1995

___ International Art Fair 20TH Century __" ___Apostasy___ (Ghent, Belgium) 1996

___ Berlin Messe ___Avantgarde Living___ __" ___Opera Domestica___ (Berlin, Germany) 1997

___ World Craft Council ___Artistry in Wood___ __" ___Objects___ (Hannover,Germany) 1997

___ Richard Foncke Gallery __" ___Circumstances as Consequence___ (Ghent, Belgium) 1997

___ Centre d__™Art Contemporain __" ___Detail___ (Brussels, Belgium) 1998

___ Galeria 6A __" ___Detail___ (Milan, Italy) 1998

___ Nagoya Centre ___New Neighbours___ __" ___Similar Differences___ (Nagoya, Japan) 1999

___ R__hsska Museum __" World Crafts Council European Prize __" ___Fossils & Icons___ (Gothenburg, Sweden) 1999

___ Mus__e des Arts D__coratifs __" World Crafts Council European Prize __" ___Fossils & Icons___ (Paris, France) 1999

___ Temporary & Contemporary TenT Brussels __" ___Celestial Mechanics I __" VIII___

(Brussels, Belgium) 1999

___ DAK'ART Biennale pour l'Art Contemporain Africain __" ___Opera Domestica___ (Dakar, Senegal) 2000

___ International Biennial Design Festival __" ___Detail___ (Sainte-Etienne, France) 2000

___ Narodni Technik__ Museum __" ___Similar Differences___ (Praag, Czech Republic) 2000

___ Centre of Contemporary Art of West and Southern Africa __" ___'Event Horizon I, II, III___ (Brussels, Belgium) 2001

___ Teatro dal Verme Milano- Donation for Child Care Trust __" ___Aftermath___

(Milano, Italy) 2001

___ Fine Art Studio __" ___Aftermath___ (Brussels, Belgium) 2003

___ Galleria Mares __" ___Ola-dele Kuku, architect___ (Pavia, Italy) 2004

___ Middelheim museum - Antwerpen Wereldboekenstad 2004, Letter E , ___Experimental Experience___ (installation) Ola-dele Kuku & Matteo Galliazo - (Antwerp, Belgium) 2004

___ Swish Art Fair (Montenapoleone Art Shop) __" ___Objects & drawings___ (Milano, Italy) 2004

___ Porsche Haus Milano __" ___Objects & Drawings___ (Milano, Italy) 2004

___ Torino Art Fair __" (Fondazion D__™Ars) ___Living with the Fates I-XII___ (Milano, Italy) 2004

___ Galleria Mares __" ___Objects & drawings___ (Pavia, Italy) 2004

___ Mi-Art 2005 off __" Spazio CIN ___Prototype___ (Milano, Italy) 2005

___ Matrix Art Project __" ___Headlines between the lines/Conflict Culture___ (installation) (Brussels, Belgium) 2006

___ Galleria Luisa delle Piane __"___Selected works___ (Milano, Italy) 2006

___ Mus__e d__™Ixelles - ___Black Paris __" Black Bruxelles Art et Histoire d__™une Diaspora de 1906 _  nos jours___ (Bruxelles, Belgium) 2008

___ Salon d__™Art Contemporain Africain __" Espace Pierre Berg__ & Associs (Bruxelles, Belgium) June 2008

___ Maison du Peuple, Saint-Gilles - ___Amusez Lambeaux___ - Museum for Jeff Lambeaux , (Bruxelles, Belgium), December 2008




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