From February 5 to 25, 2019, Tomoko Mukaiyama offer a unique experience at the Japanese exhibition space of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the renowned pianist unveils an original score of her own composition that allows space for improvisation. A visual artist as well as a musician, Mukaiyama blends genres and blurs traditional boundaries in her practice as she oscillates from the codified format of the concert to the more open expression of performance art. Her piece at the Forum coincides with the first three weeks of spring, its first notes welcoming the season’s return to Japan. By centring her practice on the intangible links that can be woven between herself and visitors – her listeners – she questions both the space and her own status as an artist. What is a concert or a performance without an audience?
A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where she studied under Jean-Michel Alberola, Mari Minato (b. 1981, Japan) paints with stunningly confident and assured gestures that are powerful enough to bring forth new worlds each time. In an exceptional commission, she creates a monumental work for the glass façade of Renzo Piano’s building for the Forum. Playing with the verticality and transparency of the architecture, she imagines a circular form linked to the notion of “receptacle”. At once subtle and imposing, enveloping and open, this painted work also evokes the enso of Zen Buddhism. A three months-long study was necessary to develop the techniques for the sublime exterior painting to adorn the façade. Within the exhibition space, Minato also produces mural paintings with vibrant forms that are both ethereal and organic.
Within the exhibition space itself, Mari Minato brings forth different forms through her free application of colour to large strips of paper, creating a light and airy installation whose painted motifs transcend civilisations and invite quiet meditation.
In autumn 2019, the Forum’s curator, Reiko Setsuda, offers carte blanche to Guillaume Désanges, curator of La Verrière in Brussels. Entitled “Record of the Invisible”, the exhibition deals with the erasure of images, words and meaning.