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Following an initial show at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo, Condensation moves to Japan. Combining contemporary art and artisan expertise, the exhibition features sixteen works created as part of the Foundation’s programme of artists’ residencies, in a new presentation at the Forum, Tokyo.
Sixteen new works assembled at the Forum explore the tensile qualities of leather, play with the properties of crystal, master the delicate art of silk printing and sublimate the skills of fine metalwork. Following the collection’s launch exhibition, devised specially for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, French curator and critic Gaël Charbeau presents a new, reconfigured show for the Forum: ‘a kind of waking dream, full of figures and stories.’
Exploring the theme of ‘alchemy’, Condensation introduces the works of young artists, inspired by their encounter with fine materials and traditional artisan skills at the Hermès workshops throughout France. Each residency is an artistic carte blanche, resulting in striking, imaginative new forms reflecting aspects of the artist’s work to date, and opening the way to new possibilities.
The works were created as part of the programme of artists’ residencies launched in 2010 by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Each year, the programme’s mentors – Susanna Fritscher, Richard Deacon, Giuseppe Penone and Emmanuel Saulnier – propose four young artists for an immersive experience at the Hermès workshops, discovering exceptional artisan skills in leatherwork, crystal, silk and fine metalwork. Each artist produces a new work in collaboration with the workshop artisans. Condensation presents the results of this collective adventure.