“In Situ - 1”

Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

poster for “In Situ - 1”
[©Louis Vuitton]

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The Espaces Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce the launch of IN SITU - 1, the first edition of an unprecedented open-studio program that will span three locations of the world-wide Espace network: Paris, Tokyo and Munich.
Each space has invited an international female artist to join for a period of months and will give free rein to produce new work. During this time, the spaces transform into open studios which will allow visitors to witness all stages of the creative process — from inspiration to fruition — and experience unique encounters with the artists. While kicking off in Paris from June to January 2015, the program will find an echo in Tokyo and Munich from September of this year to January 2015.

IN SITU - 1 represents an innovating format for the Espaces Louis Vuitton on various levels. As Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO at Louis Vuitton, says: “A defined passion for creation has always been at the core of Louis Vuitton, which translates into the idea of witnessing how new work materializes and share the experience of the creative process”. For the first edition, three female artists were chosen, continuing the house’s commitment to pay tribute to outstanding women in various creative disciplines.

In Paris, American artist Andrea Bowers has been given total freedom to her inspiration, while Tokyo lends its space to South-Korean artist Min-Jeong Seo and Munich will welcome Malaysian artist Simryn Gill in the gallery’s upper and lower levels. For both Seo and Gill , IN SITU – 1 constitutes the artist’s first major solo show in Japan and Germany respectively. The three artists will work with a variety of media and all literally start with a “blank page“ at each location, being entirely free to choose the way they inhabit and transform each Espace.

Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo welcomes a Korean artist Min-Jeong Seo, who is known for poetically expressing the notion of time (instant, past, or future) and the ephemerality and uncertainty of life. As mentioned above, there is nothing clear in advance about what kind of world the artist will create in this program. For about 3 months after the beginning, she will transform the whole space into an ‘artwork’, inspired from various elements such as a change of her own mind, the glass-walled space drenched with sunlight, the beautiful cityscape of Tokyo seen from the space, and the communication with visitors. Also, events like conversations, performances, and workshops for young audience are planned, in order to discover and experience her unique perception of creation more in detail. Moreover, a separate corner will be dedicated to the introduction of the other 2 Espaces where visitors will discover the making of the works by Andrea Bowers and Simryn Gill.



from September 13, 2014 to January 04, 2015
Exhibition Hours: 12:00–21:00 on Dec. 20–Dec. 25., 12:00–18:00 on Dec. 31. Closed on Jan. 1.


Min-Jeong Seo


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