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Ola-Dele KUKU
Architect - Artist

Born August 8, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria

NATIONALITY:
  
B
elgium / Nigeria

EDUCATION:

SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Los Angeles, California, USA (1983-1986)

SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), Vico Morcote, Ticino, Switzerland (1986 - 1988) Bach degree.

Architecture Intermundium, Milano, Italy. (Advanced studies with Daniel Libeskind) (1988 - 1990)
 

CURRENT:
Architect / Artist (Ola-Dele Kuku Projects, Brussels) www.ola-delekuku.com (1990 - Present)

- Lecturer and Critic in various academic institutions on Theory, Philosophy and Composition in Architecture (1990 - Present).

- Guest Speaker, at various international conferences on Architecture, the environment and socio-cultural development. (1990 - Present).

- Consultant / Researcher / Project Director - ‘Cultural Mapping’ programme (2002 – Present).
Introduction and Implementation of sustainable socio-cultural infrastructure with special focus on cities in developing countries.

- Initiator of the ‘Education Development Programme‘, on Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation. (Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2002 - 2006).

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES:
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'Grand Prize - Prime Ministers Prize' Award - IFI Nagoya International Design Competition, Nagoya, Japan, 1995 for ‘Opera Domestica I - Teatro dellArchivio‘.

. 'License of Honour' Tech-Art Prize Award - Vlaamse Ingenieurs kamer, Antwerp, Belgium, 1995 for ‘Opera Domestica I - Teatro dellArchivio‘

. 'Henry Van De Velde Prize - Prize of the Public Award - VIZO at the Design Museum, Ghent, Belgium 1997 for ‘Extract - detail II‘

. ‘Honourable Mention’ Award - Nagoya Do International Design Competition, Nagoya Japan, 1998 for ‘Opera Domestica II - Similar Difference’

. 'Mention Special pour la Créativité' - Biennale pour l'Art Contemporain Africain Dak'ART 2000.

 

SELECTED INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS:
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Politecnico di Milano, Italy (dept of Architecture) 'Home for the Muses’ (curator: Prof Remo Dorigati) 1990 - solo
· Nagoya Center, Nagoya, Japan Teatro Dell'Archivio(curator: Julia Chiu) 1995 - group
· Lineart (International Art Fair 20th Century) Ghent, Belgium Teatro Dell'Archivio(curator: Martine Boucher) 1996 - solo
· Richard Foncke Gallery, Ghent, Belgium Circumstances as Consequence(curator Richard Foncke) 1997 - solo
· World Craft Council, Hannover, Germany (Artistry in Wood) – Objects’ (curator : Inge Vranken)1997 - group
· Centre dArt Contemporain Brussels, Belgium Detail(curator: Martine Boucher) 1998 - group
· Nagoya Centre, Nagoya, Japan New Neighbours’ (Similar Differences) 1999 - group
· Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden World Crafts Council European Prize (Fossils & Icons)1999 - group
· Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France World Crafts Council European Prize (Fossils & Icons)1999 - group
.Temporary & Contemporary TenT Brussels Belgium ‘Celestial Mechanics I VIII(curator Philippe Braems) 1999 - solo
. Biennale pour l'Art Contemporain Africain - Dak'ART 2000 ‘Opera Domestica’ (curator: Martine Boucher) 2000 - group
. International Biennial Design Festival, Sainte-Etienne, France Detail2000 - group
· Narodni Techniké Museum, Czech Republic Similar Differences(curator: Martine Boucher) 2000 - group
· Teatro dal Verme Milano, Italy (Donation for Child Care Trust) – Aftermath(curator : Victor Kanu) 2001 - solo
· Fine Art Studio, Brussels, Belgium Aftermath(curator : Sandra Agbessi) 2003 - solo
. Middelheim museum Antwerp Belgium ‘Experimental Experience(curator : Nij De Donker) 2004 - solo.
· Swish Art Fair Milan, Italy (Montenapoleone Art Shop) – Objects & Drawings(curator : Vilma Redis) 2004 - group.
· Porsche Haus Milan, Italy – ‘Objects & Drawings(curator Victor Kanu) 2004 - solo.
· Torino Art Fair, Torino, Italy Living with the Fates I-XII(curator : Grazia Chiasa - Fondazion D’Ars) 2004 - group.
· Galleria Mares, Pavia, Italy Ola-Dele Kuku Architect(curator : Maria-Angela Callisti) 2004 - solo.
· Milan Art Fair 2005 - MIART off (Spazio CIN ) – Ola-Dele Kuku Prototype(curator : Claudio Composti) 2005 - solo.
· Galleria Luisa delle Piane, Milan, Italy ‘Selected works’ (curator : Luisa delle Piane) 2006 - solo.
·.Musée dIxelles Brussels, Belgium - (Art et Histoire1906 à nos jours) ’Agenda Setting’(curator: Martine Boucher) 2008.
· FESMAN III, Dakar, Senegal ‘The Dakar Initiative’ (documentary video on visual culture) 2010 - solo.
. Philippe Laeremans Gallery Brussels, Belgium - ‘Speaking in Vernacular’ (exhibition and book launch) 2012 - solo.
. Design museum Gent, Belgium - ‘Similar Difference’ Installation - (curator : Bernadette De Loose) 2012 - solo.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
. LArca n° 51, Milan, Italy – ‘L’Utopia del Progetto’ by Mautizio Vitta (1991).

. Arch and Life n° 69, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Opera Domestica 1’ by Marc Gossé (1995).

. Noc n° 26, Nagoya, Japan – ‘In the beginning’ by Julia Chiu (1996).

. LArca n° 112, Milan, Italy – ‘Opera Domestica’ by Maurizio Vitta (1997).

. Kwintessens n° 1, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Ola-Dele Kuku’ Profile by Christian Oosterlinck (1997).

. De Morgan, Brussels, Belgium – January ‘De betonnen bonker van Noah’ by Farida O’Seery (1997).

. Knack n° 47, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Kasten als Kathedralen’ by Jean-Pierre Gabriel (1997).

. Knack n° 13, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Dromen Van Een Kerkhof’ by Max Borka (1998).

. Trends n° 46, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Leegte is de Drijfreer’ by Margot Vanderstraeten (1998).

. Revue Noir n° 30, Paris, France – ‘Nigeria’ Ola-Dele Kuku Profile (1998).

. Feeling Wonen n° 09/0015, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Sculpturen vol geheimen’ by Hilde Bouchez (1999).

. Revue Noir n° 31, Paris, France – ‘Project de Ville’ Ola-Dele Kuku Profile (France, 1999).

. Vernissage n° 1/7, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – ‘Ola-Dele Kuku’ by Mia Dekeersemaker (2000).

. Object n° 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – ‘Diptych’ by Hans Fonck (2000).

. Passion Architecture n° 9, Paris, France – ‘L’architecture au-delà frontières’ (2004).

. Trends n° 20, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Het denkende design van Ola-Dele Kuku’ by Sérge Vanmaercke (2004).

. Trends n° 20, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Le no nonsense d’un Yoruba à Bruxelles’ by Sérge Vanmaercke (2004).

. Luxos n° 5, Milan, Italy – ‘I pezzi unici dell’architetto Ola-Dele Kuku’ by Alessia Franchini (2005).

. U Magazine n° 042, Hong Kong, China – ‘Ola-Dele Kuku’ U profile (2006).

. Area Revue n° 16, Paris, France – ‘Desseins de structures urbaines’ by Alexandre Mensah (2008).

. Nubians Magazine n° 7, Brussels, Belgium – ‘La dialectique de l’ordre et du chaos’ by Roger Ndema Kingue (2010).

. Kwintessens Magazine n° 2, Brussels, Belgium – ‘Ontwerpen voor Conflict en Chaos’ interview by Kurt Vanbelleghem (2011).
. Ola-Dele Kuku (monograph), Brussels, Belgium – ‘Speaking in Vernacular’ (Texts contribution by Sara Weyns, F. Kehinde Oluyadi, Chika Unigwe, and Roger Ndema Kingue (Brussels, Belgium, 2012).

 

SELECTED WORKS:
. Termination Rituals I - VI (Built Images) 1988 - 1989

. Home for the Muses (Museum project proposal) 1989 - 1990

· Apostasy I - VIII (Drawings) 1989

· Opera Domestica I - V (Architecture Objects) 1990 - 1995
 
· Celestial Mechanics I - VIII (Drawings) 1997 - 1998

· Noahs Grief - Triptych (Built Images) 1998 - 1999

· Numbers (Installation Proposal for the Hallepoort museum, Brussels) 1999

. Fracas (30 Drawings - Critical Value I - X / Shrinkage I - X / Equilibrium I - X) 1998 - 2000

· Cultural Mapping (Socio-cultural research project) 2000 - 2006

· Aftermath I - X (Built Images) 2001 - 2002

· Fall Out I - IV (Built Images) 2002

· Living with the Fates I - XII (Built Image) 2003

· Nemesis Series I - XII Themes from living with the fates (Built Images) 2003 - 2004

· Experimental Experience (Installation) 2004

· Chance Happening I - IV (Built Images) 2005 - 2006)

· Agenda setting I - Conflict of Choice (Installation) 2006

· Relative Options I - V (Built Images) 2006 / 2007

· Agenda setting II - Deviant Amplification (Installation) 2008

· Collective Representation - (Multimedia Installation) 2008

· Six Dots - (Multimedia Installation) 2008 - 2009

· The Relapse Saga - (Multimedia Installation) 2008 - 2009

. Agenda setting III - Tra Parentesi (Installation) 2009

.Suspended Animation I, II, III, - (Built Images and Photography) 2010 - 2011

. Dilemma of Thought - (6 sets of 36 drawings) 2012


(photo © Manja Toplak)


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