Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen (japanese franchise version) by Tobias Rehberger is a very trippy and psychedelic artwork. The artwork is translated as “Everything you love makes you cry” as translated by David Billa over at Setouchi Explorer. The artwork is combined with a cafe called cafe IL VENTO. During the Setouchi Triennale, you can visit the artwork anytime but I believe the cafe is only open on weekends.
When you approach “Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen”, you basically come up to an old house. It doesn’t look special and it can be hard to see where the artwork is. The artwork is inside and you can catch a glimpse of it from the upstairs window. From what I can tell, the original was in the 2009 Venice Biennial but I couldn’t find any information on where the original shop was. The Venice version is bigger than the Teshima version and a bit more spectacular, but Teshima’s work is just as amazing. “Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen” is similar to Tobias’ other works, so this won’t really surprise you if you are familiar with his work.
Before you walk into the building you have to change out of your shoes and into slippers. They used to let you leave your shoes outside but now you have to carry them. Once you step inside you are stunned by an array of shapes and colours. The wild contrasts of white and black with psychedelic shapes really throws you off. There are neon green colours as well but the overall look is just crazy. The best part is that the entire house, even the back patio, is covered in the exact same design. Unfortunately the patio is only open when the cafe is open.
As you walk through the first floor you will notice that the second floor also has a lot of the art as well. The upstairs area is just as crazy but a bit brighter due to the natural light that enters. I personally like the patio the best but the upstairs area is just as interesting.
Cafe IL VENTO is not a great cafe. The prices are a bit high but if you are in need of a caffeine fix it is a nice place to go. They have built it into another complex that includes a place to stay in Ieura, the village where this artwork is located, but it is pretty expensive. I’m not sure how often the cafe is open as they don’t really put that information onto their website. If you are lucky they will be open, but I do believe it is open on weekends.
- Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen (Official Setouchi Triennale Site)
- Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen / Il Vento (Setouchi Explorer)
- IL VENTO (Official Site)
- Tobias Rehberger (Pilar Corrias)