On Wednesday 05 September 2018,
from 18 p.m. to 21:30 p.m.,
On the occasion of the season in France and in the continuity of a collaboration initiated two years ago, the Museum of Hunting and Nature and the Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto are presenting a personal exhibition dedicated to Kohei Nawa.
A prominent figure in contemporary Japanese art, the artist is in the spotlight in Paris this fall with the sculpture Throne on display at the Louvre as part of the Japonismes 2018 season. The works disseminated in the permanent collections of the Musée de la Hunting and Nature take up the themes dear to the artist who tries to renew the sacred imagery.
To this end, he mixes elements from traditional Japanese culture - and notably references to Shinto cults - with images from contemporary technology. PixCell-Deer thus transforms the perception that we have of a deer - a sacred animal in ancient Japan - by associating a naturalized specimen with glass spheres which cover it completely, fragmenting its silhouette. At the Museum of Hunting and Nature, the work comes into dialogue with the images of deer from Western culture that are already present in the permanent collection.
For his residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2015, Kohei Nawa teamed up with Franco-Belgian choreographer Damien Jalet, himself very influenced by Japanese tradition and Shugendo rites. From this common experience is born the work Vessel where the human body is used as an abstract sculptural material, the entanglement of the limbs giving rise to unusual shapes reflected in a mirror of water. The video from this ballet is presented among the hunting weapons of the museum, near the sculptures he inspired in Kohei Nawa.
Finally, the museum hosts new glass and taxidermy sculptures, hung among the heads of stuffed animals in the Trophy Room.
Artist / Director of SANDWICH Inc. /
Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Born in 1975. Currently living in Kyoto, he holds a doctorate from Kyoto University of the Arts in 1998. He created SANDWICH, a creative platform for production in 2009. He explores the potential of sculpture, working with beads, polyurethane foam, silicone oil and a wide range of other technologies and materials with its original PixCell concept. Nawa's recent projects extend this exploration to architecture and performance, to create both space and art. The artist is represented by Scai the Bathhouse gallery in Tokyo.
Villa Kujoyama, built in 1992 by architect Kunio Kato, is today one of the oldest and most prestigious artistic research residency programs in Asia. The Villa Kujoyama is an establishment of the French Institute of Japan and benefits from the support of the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation and the French Institute.
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros
© Kohei Nawa
© David Bordes
© David Bordes
© David Bordes
Around the exhibition