MY OWN TOKONOMA


from April 19th to May 15th, 2017

A Tokonoma is an alcove in the entryway of traditional Japanese homes, a place where rays of light reach their end and shadows abound.
The Tokonoma is where the home’s host showcases his art collection, and in keeping with tradition, there is always a mural piece (calligraphy), a ceramic piece, and a floral arrangment called Ikebana.
The quality of a host’s Tokonoma exemplifies his taste and aesthetics.
In his book entitled In Praise of Shadows, Junichirô Tanizaki writes : «Of course the japanese room does have its picture alcove, and in it a hanging scroll and a flower arrangment. But the scroll and the flowers serve not as ornament but rather to give depth to the shadows. We value a scroll above all for the way it blends with the walls of the alcove, and thus we consider the mounting quite as important as the calligraphy or painting.»
The Japanese believe that for objects to be beautiful, they must be viewed under certain circums- tances and must not appear in the vulgarity of a charmless display.
In view of Tanizaki’s work, The Impermanent Collection has identified an installation that is both spatially and curatorially noteworthy, and is very pleased to showcase one Tokonoma in the gallery during her next contemporary art and design exhibition.
The artists and designers who will be on display in the Tokonoma include :
Sophie Dries, Donald Judd, Marie Corbin and Benoît Maire for the Ker-Xavier Collective, Augustus Thompson, Ulrich Wulff.
The Tokonoma is designed by Eugénie Frémiot with the support of the Atelier van Wassenhove.
The Tokonoma’s display will change every week during the exhibition.