The 9m-tall installation Rainbow Church by Tokujin Yoshioka, containing around 500 crystal prisms that convert light from ‘natural’ to ‘miraculous’, had its first outing in 2010 in Seoul as part
of a show called Tokujin Yoshioka Spectrum. A second and more complete installation, along with other works, followed in 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, in 2013/14.
Rainbow Church was inspired by a visit in the designer’s early twenties to the Rosaire Chapel in Vance, France, designed throughout and completed in 1959 by Henri Matisse. Yoshioka
said the ‘mysterious experience of being filled with overwhelming light and vibrant colours’ as the Provencal sunlight streamed through its blue, green and yellow stained-glass windows
convinced him to create ‘an architecture where people can feel the light with all senses’. The Shiseido Gallery in Tokyo will hold a new, smaller-scale solo exhibition, also called Tokujin Yoskioka
Spectrum, until the end of March 2017. Many of his works are also in permanent collections outside Japan. They include optical glass pieces in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. Other recent work
includes Prism partition, random curves of faceted, high-transparency mirror glass, shown at Milano Salone in 2016.