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Exhibition “A Japanese Garden: Topographies of Emptiness”, by Esther Pizarro

Exposición: “Un jardín japonés: topografías del vacío”

La Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia presents the exhibition project by the artist Esther Pizarro and curated by Menene Gras Balaguer, consisting of the creation of a Japanese garden, understood as a copy of natural landscape and the construction of a cultural identity. 

This project brings together the expression of a milennial tradition represented in the figure of a "Japanese Garden" and its validity in the work of architects and landscapists that have adopted as a role their aesthetic ideology, such as Tadao Ando, Isamo Noguchi, Toyo Ito, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban. This is a project by Casa Asia and Matadero Madrid.

Esther Pizarro designed a Japanese garden in the shape of the Japanese archipelago to connect with the universal aesthetic values of this culture and its geography. A Japanese garden is an enlightened space, a space that encourages contemplation as an expression of nature. Trying to reproduce the natural landscape, it shares aesthetic codes with calligraphy, art and tradition.

All of the elements in a Japanese garden are carefully placed, each respecting a symbolism and a set of rules as if they were characters in a graphic alphabet with its own cultural identity.

This project features a garden in the shape of Japan, separated into each of the country’s eight administrative regions. It is a dry garden surrounded by a sea created from twenty tonnes of salt. The island regions are defined by paths, allowing visitors to walk among them as if they were inside a living organism.


2015/09/11 > 2016/02/21

Opening: Friday 11th of September at 7.30pm

Duration: From the 11th of September to the 21st of February


• Closed Mondays

• Tuesday from 10.00am to 3.00pm. (Guided visit unavailable. Visitable only with audio guide) .

• Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 7.00pm

• Guided tours of the museum. From Wednesdays to Sundays at 10.00am and 11.00am for groups (reservation required) for individuals at 12.00pm. You need a minimum of four people to do the tour.
C/ de la Moneda s/n
40003 Segovia


General admission: 3 Euros.
Reduced admission: 2 Euros.

Free admission every Wednesday.


Segovia City Council, Turismo de Segovia and La Real Casa de Moneda de Segovia, with the production of Casa Asia and Matadero Madrid
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