Jean-Michel Othoniel “Dream Road”

Gallery Perrotin Tokyo

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[Image: Jean-Michel OTHONIEL Kiku - Ōtaniro (Earthen yellow-red-brown), 2020, Mirrored glass, stainless steel, 49 x 49 x 47 cm, Unique © Jean-Michel Othoniel / JASPAR, Tokyo 2020 Photo: Claire Dorn / Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin]

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Perrotin Tokyo is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, marking his first gallery presentation in Japan. On view is a new series of glass sculptures and gold leaf paintings that have never been seen before.

This solo show in Japan follows the artist’s retrospective at the Hara Museum in 2012. Othoniel continues his exploration of nature in a contemplative approach by presenting new series of abstract and sensuous artworks: the Kiku, inspired by the chrysanthemum flower and its symbolism in ancient Japanese culture.
With his installation showcasing sculptures as precious sacred talismans, and calligraphic paintings as icons, Othoniel recreates inside the gallery space an enclosed forbidden garden of chrysanthemums, a dream world he named Yumeji in Japanese (translated as “Dream Road”). The word bears a dual meaning: “to dream” and “to meet someone you love in your dreams,” as it appears in ancient Japanese poems (waka), published in the historical collections Kokin Wakashu and Gosen Wakashu.

*By appointment only.
By naming his exhibition Yumeji, Othoniel shows his romantic vision of the world and how such simple things as flowers are keys to emotions, a dream road to fantasies and imagination, and a way of looking at the world and see the marvels that surround us. For him, what is real is a continual source of symbol and wonder.



from September 16, 2020 to November 07, 2020
By appointment only. (Please visit official website for the details.)



Venue Hours

From 11:00 To 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Sundays, Holidays


Address: Piramide Bldg. 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

2 minute walk from Exit 1a, 1b, Exit 3 at Roppongi Station on the Hibiya or the Toei Oedo line.

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