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Carte blanche to Toshimasa Kikuchi

90 min visit

Guimet Museum
7 Jul → 4 Oct 2021
From Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesday.

« On the occasion of its carte blanche, the Musée Guimet is exhibiting some twenty works by the Japanese artist Toshimasa Kikuchi. »

Born in 1979 in Japan, Toshimasa Kikuchi is a contemporary artist with an original and confusing artistic production. He is an all-round artist who draws inspiration from traditional Japanese arts, science and innovation, whether technical or artistic. This is the case of the sculptures exhibited during this carte blanche: the artist has used the classical technique of Japanese lacquer, called upon the mathematical models of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris and was inspired by Man Ray's Shakespearean Equations. These abstract and timeless sculptures are Toshimasa Kikuchi's signature and perfectly sum up his work. Trained in the conservation and restoration of Buddhist statues in the traditional way, this does not prevent him from excelling in the field of contemporary art. The proof! The artist has always been interested in science and various art forms. Since 2007 in particular, it is on abstract forms that he has set his sights, thanks to the discovery of the collections of mathematical models kept by the Institut Henri Poincaré. Before Toshimasa Kikuchi, it was the surrealists who observed them a great deal, notably Man Ray who made a series of very poetic photographs and paintings. The geometric forms are free of all mathematical constraints and reveal their artistic attributes, just like the pure sculptures of Toshimasa Kikuchi.


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