Exhibitions at the Forum in 2017

21 Apr 2017
4 Mar 2018
Abraham Cruzvillegas, "The Water Trilogy 2" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, "The Water Trilogy 2" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, performance within the exhibition, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, performance within the exhibition "The Water Trilogy 2", 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Abraham Cruzvillegas, "The Water Trilogy 2" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, exhibition view  "ATM tempo I/II/III", 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, "ATM tempo I/II/III" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, "ATM tempo I/II/III" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Emmanuel Saulnier, "ATM tempo I/II/III" exhibition view, 2017 © Nacása & Partners Inc.
Fujiko & Ukichiro Nakaya, Greenland, vue d’exposition
Fujiko & Ukichiro Nakaya, "Greenland", installation view © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Fujiko & Ukichiro Nakaya, Greenland, vue d’exposition
Fujiko & Ukichiro Nakaya, "Greenland", installation view © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Portrait de Fujiko Nakaya, "Greenland"
Fujiko Nakaya's portrait © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Emmanuel Saulnier presents "ATM tempo I/II/III" at the Forum
Over the course of the year 2017, the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès is organising three separate exhibitions at the Forum, its art space in the Tokyo district of Ginza. The first draws upon the themes of jazz music and improvisation, while the second finds inspiration in the construction of a family home. Emmanuel Saulnier and Abraham Cruzvillegas have been invited by the Foundation to exhibit their projects at Le Forum in Tokyo. They will make way for Fujiko Nakaya in December.

Diversifying sources of inspiration, creating works of art in situ. In 2017, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invites Abraham Cruzvillegas, Emmanuel Saulnier and Fujiko and Ukichiro Nakaya to the Forum in Tokyo. Under the direction of curator Reiko Setsuda, the artists are gracing the venue with collections that draw upon a full range of artistic disciplines – sketching, sculpture, painting, music, architecture – as well as pieces by other artists.

Rhythm, spontaneity and silence. The project presented by Emmanuel Saulnier is inspired by the performances of American composer and pianist Thelonious Monk. French visual artist Saulnier has arranged three elements "Tempo I/II/IIIin the style of a musical composition. Transparent glass, carved wood, bitumen and dried ink are blended in an exploration of darkness and obscurity. The visitor assumes agency, activating the rhythm inherent in each room through his or her presence. The project is the latest chapter in Emmanuel Saulnier’s long-standing collaboration with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, following a solo exhibition at La Verrière in 2002. At the Tokyo exhibition, in addition to his own pieces, the artist is also unveiling works by other artists from his teaching studio at the Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Bamboo, recycled paper and cardboard, glued together using boiled rice. Three site-specific pieces produced by Abraham Cruzvillegas, the continuation of his "Autoconstrucción" concept. With one key difference: a scattering of Ipomoea tricolor – a species of morning glory native to Mexico – that suffuses the installation with nature and serves as the backdrop for a musical performance. Three Mexican musicians play songs written by the artist in a unique, filmed performance that is screened adjacent to the installation throughout the exhibition. "The Water Trilogy 2" is subtitled "Autodefensiòn Obrera Campesina Estudiantil Metabolista Descalza" (‘Self-defence Microtonal Worker Peasant Student Metabolist Barefoot’). Part-exhibition, part-manifesto. A new demonstration of the political engagement of this Mexican artist, who unfailingly transcends local contexts with his international appearances.

In December 2017, fog sculptor Fujiko Nakaya is invited to the Forum to present "Greenland", in homage to her father Ukichiro Nakaya. Outside, the glass facade of the Maison Hermès takes on the glacial air of the Arctic. Inside, the artist installs a fog sculpture at the heart of the exhibition space. “To understand ice, you have to listen to it.” (Ukichiro Nakaya)

 

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Le Forum
Tokyo
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Collections that draw upon a full range of artistic disciplines – sketching, sculpture, painting, music, architecture – as well as pieces by other artists.
Seedlings of Mexican morning glory suffuse the installation with nature and serve as the backdrop for a musical performance.
In December 2017, fog sculptor Fujiko Nakaya is invited to the Forum to present "Greenland", in homage to her father Ukichiro Nakaya.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • Fujiko & Ukichiro Nakaya, "Greenland", from 12/22/2017 to 03/04/2018
  • Emmanuel Saulnier, "ATM tempo I/II/III", from 07/14/2017 to 10/31/2017
  • Abraham Cruzvillegas, "The Water Trilogy 2", from 04/21/2017 to 02/07/2017
Practical information

Ginza Maison Hermès the Forum
8F 5-4-1 Ginza Chuo-ku

104-0061 Tokyo 
Japan


Contact: +81(0)3-3569-3300 


Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Free Admission

Curator

Reiko Setsuda