Exhibitions at Le Forum in 2019

Dec 2019
Tomoko Mukaiyama
Preliminary image of "Pianist", Tomoko Mukaiyama at Le Forum, 2019 © Tomoko Mukaiyama
Tomoko Mukaiyama
Preliminary image of "Pianist", Tomoko Mukaiyama at Le Forum, 2019 © Tomoko Mukaiyama
In 2019, the Forum presents two solo exhibitions that convey powerful artistic gestures. Tomoko Mukaiyama open up a space outside of time through a performance, while Mari Minato embellishes the Forum’s Renzo Piano-designed façade with her painted forms. The year concludes with an original, collective piece conceived by guest curator Guillaume Désanges.

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.

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.

Visual arts
Le Forum
In February, Tomoko Mukaiyama offers a unique experience at the Foundation’s Japanese exhibition space.
From March 21 to May 26, a monumental work by Mari Minato covers the glass façade of the Renzo Piano building.
Visible to passers-by, Mari Minato’s work seems to emanate from a single gesture.


Exhibition dates
  • Tomoko Mukaiyama "Pianist", from 05/02/2019 to 25/02/2019
  • Mari Minato "Vanishing Droplets in a River", from 21/03/2019 to 26/05/2019
  • “Record of the Invisible”, autumn 2019
Practical information

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

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.) 

Contact: +81(0)3-3569-3300 

Free Admission


Reiko Setsuda

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