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Monika Sosnowska at the Forum


An architectural feature-turned-sculpture, a transitional space rendered inoperable: Polish artist Monika Sosnowska’s Gate disrupts the perception of visitors to the Forum. Made from steel, the new project draws on a radical formal repertoire to address both history and memory. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Monika Sosnowska at the Forum
© Nacása & Partners Inc.

Gate opens (quite literally) the 2015 programme of exhibitions at Le Forum. For her first solo exhibition in Japan, Monika Sosnowska explores conventional doorways to private houses as a new motif in art. This classic feature, designed to separate the private and public space, is explored here as a neutral form, neither individual nor collective. Made from steel, the doors are deliberately folded and compacted using industrial processes. The distorted, suspended forms announce their own, imminent disappearance.

Born in Poland in 1972, Monika Sosnowska’s formal vocabulary draws on the decline of modernism in her home country, its history, and the traces of history still perceptible today. Her architectural fragments are extracted from Communist-era buildings in Warsaw: structures, steel staircases twisted into abstract forms in spite of their monumental character – an aspect acknowledged by the artist, unafraid of working on a monumental scale.

Monika Sosnowska transcends history and architecture to deconstruct  yesterday’s world in sculptures whose autonomous character is the result of a process of de-formation. Their powerful visual impact – clearly in evidence at the Forum – establishes a tension with our own time. Sosnowska represented her country at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, and has exhibited at leading art institutions all over the world.

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Le Forum, Tokyo, Japan
5-4-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061,

Monday - Saturday 11am - 8pm, Sunday 11am - 7pm


Curator : Reiko Setsuda