Exhibitions at the Forum from 2008 to 2016

31 Oct 2008
26 Feb 2017
Agnosian Fields
Installation view of the exhibition "Agnosian Fields", Didier Faustino, Le Forum, 2010 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
L_B_S, interrogation sur le vivant
Installation view of the exhibition "L_B_S, interrogation sur le vivant", Kohei Nawa, Le Forum, 2009 © Seiji Toyonaga
Hollow
Installation view of the exhibition "Hollow" , Motohiko Odani, Le Forum, 2010 © Keizo Kiuko
Para-modeling/Chimerical Scheme of Paramodelia
Installation view of the exhibition "Para-modeling/Chimerical Scheme of Paramodelia", Paramodel, Le Forum, 2013 © Nacása & Partners Inc./Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Cloud Cities
Installation view of the exhibition "Cloud Cities / Air Port City", Tomas Saraceno, Le Forum, 2012 © Nacása & Partners Inc./Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Nuit et Jour
Installation view of the exhibition "Nuit et Jour", Alain Séchas, Le Forum, 2009 © Nacása & Partners Inc./Courtesy of Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Following in the footsteps of La Verrière in Brussels, the Forum was the second exhibition space to be opened by the house of Hermès. It has been an active cultural centre since 2001, when the first Hermès boutique opened in Tokyo. When the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès was created in 2008, the Forum became part of its global programme. At the heart of the vibrant Ginza district, the translucent glass bricks of Renzo Piano’s building allow a soft, natural light to illuminate the works on show.

The artistic programming of the Forum has been overseen for several years now by Reiko Setsuda. As with her previous curatorial projects at the Foundation’s other exhibition spaces, every year she has invited a number of contemporary artists to present their work at the Forum. Most frequently, these are original projects conceived especially for the space, in accordance with an approach that seeks to give precedence to the production of new work over the presentation of pre-existing projects. All works produced for the Forum remain the property of the artist. This is a form of support for the arts that encourages contemporary creation, and one which is further enriched by a desire to ensure that artists’ projects can be appreciated by the broadest possible public. Entry to the exhibitions at the Forum is free, and each is accompanied by a booklet featuring a presentation text by an invited author, who in the past have included art critics, poets, writers, physicists and sociologists. This mediation is extended through regular conferences and guided visits, in an approach which has earned the appreciation of numerous visitors: some 45,000 come to discover the works presented within the glass walls of the Forum each year.

From 2008 to 2016, twenty-seven solo and group exhibitions were presented at the Forum. In a response to the unique architecture of the space and in order to address their relative absence in Japanese institutions, installations have been privileged – even as the curator, together with the Foundation, has been careful to avoid imposing any particular discursive frame on her choices. She instead looks to select three or four artists each year whose work suggests a diverse and transversal curiosity. For Reiko Setsuda, “the Forum is a laboratory, a chamber of wonders, a highly subjective space overflowing with poetry in which the work is not some decorative cut flower but rather a living shoot that grows and blooms through interaction with the visitor.”

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
Le Forum
Tokyo
Japan
Following in the footsteps of La Verrière in Brussels, the Forum was the second exhibition space around the world to be opened by the house of Hermès.
The glass bricks of Renzo Piano’s building allow a soft, natural light to illuminate the art on show.
For head curator Reiko Setsuda, the Forum is a chamber of wonders, where works grow and bloom thanks to their encounter with visitors.

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Ginza Maison Hermès “Le Forum” 
8F 5-4-1 Ginza Chuo-ku 
104-0061 Tokyo 
Japan

Open daily 
Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last admission 7:30 p.m.) 
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Last admission 6:30 p.m.)