Calendar | SEPTEMBER 2019

Temporary exhibition

Temporary exhibition

Kei Kagami. No boundaries

Temporary exhibition

18 may to 29 September

Kei Kagami is an architect, fashion designer, shoe designer and one of the most original contemporary creators. With an enigmatic personality, this Japanese designer stands way ahead of present time, offering in the object of his creation an alternate future to fashion.

Graduated in Architecture, by Meiji University, Kei Kagami becomes an assistant to famous modernist architect Kenzo Tange. It is also in this city that he completes his Tailoring course, at Bunka Fashion College. But, fascinated by the energy and multiculturalism of British subculture, he permanently moves to London where he is mentored by John Galliano, besides finishing his master’s degree in Fashion and Art, at Central St. Martin’s College.

In 1997, in the London Designers Exhibition, he launches his own brand: Kei Kagami and, from that moment, he starts featuring his collections in the fashion weeks of London, Milan and Paris. Kei Kagami launches his first shoe collection in 2001.

Kei Kagami looks at shoes, not as isolated pieces of a collection, but as an extension of his own narrative construction which is the basis to the development of his clothing collections.

Setting aside commercial interests, he is dedicated solely to creating the right image for the collection. His shoes reveal all the creative potential of the designer, a product of his personal expression, his creative individuality and above all, his artistic honesty.

Always aware of the World around him, Kei Kagami refuses to follow trends, looking for inspiration within himself, analysing his concerns, objectifying emotions, conceptualizing thoughts, materializing sensations. His proposals, cheered by anatomical, mechanical and architectural notes and, apparently, evocative of dark themes and futuristic worlds, contain, however, a higher purpose, to inspire life and change.

Thus, to Kei Kagami there are no boundaries between conceptualizing and building and, through a peculiar language added to a careful selection of raw materials and bold manipulation of different volumes and textures, he is able to combine handmade production with innovative techniques and materials, such as glass fibre, with great mastery.

In a permanent creative challenge, Kei Kagami can make the impossible possible, creating pieces which are, all of them, absolutely and eternally usable. 

With Kei Kagami. No Boundaries, Portugal hosts for the first time the exceptionally creative work of this designer-artist. Divided into 34 different collections, the exhibition showcases 72 pieces created between 2001, the year he created his first shoe collection, and 2018.

Giving continuation to the thematic cycle Creating between Worlds. From head to toe, we intend to put an emphasis on the ideia of creation as a producer of new ideas, concepts and narratives as well, as an act of transformation and interpretation of different universes, whether they are cultural or identitary.