Exhibitions at Le Forum in 2021

2021
Tam Ochiai
Installation view by Tam Ochiai, "Tapetum Lucidum", Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Tam Ochiai
Installation view by Tam Ochiai "Tapetum Lucidum", Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Tam Ochiai
Installation view by Tam Ochiai, "Tapetum Lucidum", Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Mathieu Copeland 2021
The cutting part of Amanatsu orange in “Nurturing Exhibitions” by Mathieu Copeland, "Exhibition Cuttings", Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Mathieu Copeland 2021
Installation view of “Nurturing Exhibitions” by Mathieu Copeland, "Exhibition Cuttings", Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Mathieu Copeland 2021
Installation view of “The Anti-Museum: An Anti-Documentary” by Mathieu Copeland, "Exhibition Cuttings", 2K video, Le Forum, Tokyo, 2021 © Nacása & Partners Inc. / Courtesy of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
In the heart of Tokyo, Le Forum is a light-filled exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art, housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano. In 2021, under the directorship of Reiko Setsuda, the iconic space welcomes three hybrid perspectives from the international scene, beginning with a retrospective exhibition dedicated to artist Tam Ochiai, is followed by a group exhibition organised by guest curator Mathieu Copeland.

In science, the tapetum lucidum is the layer of reflective tissue located behind the retina that causes the eyes of certain animals to glow at night. Tam Ochiai borrows this term for the title of his exhibition, which brings together humorous and lively works that absorb the things that often escape us, only to reflect them back even more brightly. Drawn from different series created over the past twenty-five years, the paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos gathered together at Le Forum offer a fascinating retrospective look at the work of Ochiai, who was born in Japan in 1967 and has lived in New York since 1990. None of the pieces in the exhibition are stand-alone works; each one functions, instead, as a fragment of a broader, unsettled narrative. Committed to revealing hidden meanings and unexpected relationships through his art, Ochiai tirelessly explores a protean world rich in poetic associations and complex echoes.

Next up, Le Forum hosts a group exhibition conceived by London-based, Franco-British curator Mathieu Copeland. With his project “Exhibition Cuttings”, Copeland offers an extended metaphor of the exhibition as an organic body that grows artificially over time, using a montage technique to integrate aspects of his past exhibitions. For this exhibition, Le Forum is divided into two separate parts to explore the double meaning of the term “cutting”. The first space opens with a sonorous environment, featuring a sound installation by Nao Nishihara with music composed by Phill Niblock and performed by the Ensemble IRE, David Maranha, Stephen O’Malley, Deborah Walker, Elisabeth Smalt and Japanese vocal group Vox Humana. Bathed in the natural light that filters into Le Forum, this sound installation “feeds” a collection of plants, illustrating the principle of taking cuttings and grafting. The second space, which opens with a painting by Philippe Decrauzat, evokes a different kind of cut, namely the “break” imposed upon cultural institutions by the Covid-19 pandemic, through a documentary film by Mathieu Copeland narrated by Henry Rollins and featuring an original soundtrack by FM Einheit. Using the keywords “cut”, “graft”, and “mount”, the curator imagines ecosystems full of hybrid organisms that function as new territories for visitors to explore.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
LE FORUM
Tokyo
Japan
Le Forum is a light-filled exhibition space dedicated to contemporary art, housed in a building designed by Renzo Piano.
With “Exhibition Cuttings”, guest curator Mathieu Copeland offers an extended metaphor of the exhibition as an organic body that grows artificially over time.
Tam Ochiai explores a protean world rich in poetic associations and complex echoes.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • Tam Ochiai, "Tapetum Lucidum", from 21/01/2021 to 11/04/2021
  • Mathieu Copeland, "Exhibition Cuttings", opening soon
Practical information

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.) 

Contact: +81(0)3-3569-3300 

Free Admission

Curator

Reiko Setsuda

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