Jean-Michel Othoniel Ai no Idenshi Ten “DNA of Love”


2014.07.11 - 2015.09.23
Karuizawa New Art Museum
Fourth Exhibition Room (2nd Floor) ,
1st Floor Hallway Space, Outdoor
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About the Exhibition

3rd Year Anniversary of Karuizawa New Art Museum
Jean-Michel Othoniel
Ai no Idenshi Ten “DNA of Love”

Jean-Michel Othoniel is a contemporary artist born in Saint-Étienne, France. Since 1993, Othoniel has been mainly producing sculptures. Using Murano glass became one of his trademarks.
In the 2011 retrospective show “My Way” at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), there were over 200,000 visitors within 3 months after the opening. It then moved to Seoul, Tokyo, Macau, and New York, gathering attention of the world. As part of the revival of the Water Theater grove of the Palace of Versailles, there will be a permanent installation of his fountain sculptures, The Beautiful Dances, in the fall of 2014.
2014 also celebrates the 90th anniversary of the cultural partnership between Japan and France. At the same time of the Palace of Versailles launch, Karuizawa New Art Museum will have the honor to exhibit the artist’s latest 5 pieces using Murano glass beads, 1 piece outdoors in the gardens, as well as 15 drawings.
Othoniel really likes to create for particular spaces, such as in historical places or gardens. His glass works playing with lights and reflexions, harmonize with the environment and the poetic extravagance around.
Both the sensitivity and dynamism of Jean-Michel Othoniel’s artworks can be experienced through his works displayed in the nature of Karuizawa. The Kokoro no mon, which will be permanently shown outdoors and the Collier autoporté bleu dégradé miroir that will be exhibited on the 1st floor free space of the museum, will provide an opportunity for many to discover some contemporary art pieces. It will also surely become a symbol of Arts and Culture in Karuizawa, a place to meet.


Jean-Michel Othoniel


1964   Born in Saint-Étienne, France
1970   Major impact on art from exhibition of Robert Morris
1988   Graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Cergy-Pontoise, France
1992   Exhibits sulfur and wax sculptures at Documenta IX (Kassel, Germany)
1993   Begins using glass and working on the themes of transmutations, metamorphosis, sublimations
1996   Stays in Rome as a resident of Villa Medici
2000   For the 100th anniversary of Paris Metro Line 1, he redesigns the entrance of the the Palais-Royal - Musée du Louvre
2003   First solo exhibition “Crystal Palace” at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
2004   Creates Le Petit Théâtre de Peau d’Âne for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris
2005   Shows for the 1st time Rivière blanche for the exhibition “Contrepoint” at the Musée du Louvre,
in the museum’s Mesopotamian rooms Produces and exhibits Le Bateau de Larmes as a political message, based on the boat that carried Cuban refugees,
which was abandoned on a Miami beach
2006    Exhibits large necklace with blue glass beads, Peggy’s Necklace at the entrance of the Collection Peggy Guggenheim, in Venice, Italy
2008    Faces a turning point as an artist at Galerie Karsten Greve in Koln (Germany). Since this time, he officially works on abstract expression and movement
2009   Creates Kokoro for the 20th anniversary of the Hara Museum Arc (Gunma, Japan)
2011   First retrospective “My Way” at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, which travelled then around the world
(Leeum Samsung Museum/ Seoul, Hara Museum/Tokyo, Macau Museum of art, Macau)
2012    His retrospective ends in New York Brooklyn Museum Exhibits at the Musée Eugène Delacroix a dialogue of his sculptures and flowers diary
2013   Installs a large heart shaped artwork in Mohri Garden, Kin no Kokoro commissioned for the Mori Art Museum 10th anniversary
2014   Jean-Michel and Louis Benech are selected for the revival project of the Water Theater grove in the Palace of Versailles.
The fountain sculptures made by Jean-Michel Othoniel will be presented to the press in fall of 2014, and the garden will be open in spring of 2015
Othoniel’s Beautiful Dances will be the first permanent installation since Louis XIV

© ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014 D0663


The Knot of The Imaginary, 2012. Mirrored glass, stainless steel, 180 x 165 x 135 cm.
Copyright Jean-Michel Othoniel/ADAGP, Paris, 2014. Courtesy Galerie Perrotin. Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli


Karuizawa New Art Museum


Junji Ito


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