tokyo: gate

© fondation d'entreprise hermès / photography: nacása & partners inc. 

ginza maison hermès is one of the french luxury brand's most iconic stores. situated in a striking glass tower by starchitect renzo piano in the upscale shopping district of ginza, it's the ultimate showcase in one of hermès most important markets. as such, the flagship store doesn't only excel in highly exclusive handmade offerings, but it also aims to show the brand's creative vision and its strong engagement in contemporary art. ginza maison hermès is one of the few boutiques on the planet which is also features an exhibition space. currently on at this venue is an exhibition by warsaw-based artist monika sosnowska [1972].

greatly influenced by avant-garde art culminating in the polish capital in the 1960s and witnessing the fall of communism in her homeland, sosnowska draws her inspiration from the history of modernism and the changes of our times. the show here in tokyo, the artist's first, is simply entitled gate and presents a series of large-scale sculptures and installations which feature motifs from real architecture. sosnowska has seen old buildings and public facilities, symbolizing socialist authority, being torn down. sosnowska takes the walls, staircases, façades, windows, corridors and other architectural aspects in fragments and interprets the forms into her language of unique sculptures, and symbolize hope and a new beginning. location: ginza maison hermès, 5-4-1 ginza, 8th floor [ginza].

© fondation d'entreprise hermès / photography: nacása & partners inc.