One of the most interesting aspects of Japanese art exhibitions in Paris right now is the juxtaposition between the ancient and the modern. On the one hand, there are historical events of great significance where ancient treasures and painting arrive on loan. Then there are the contemporary exhibitions from current artists – such as TeamLab and their moving, digital walls.
A current installation at the Louvre is particularly exciting because it merges the old and new in a curious way. The design of the sculpture in Japonisms 2018 Kohei Nawa, Throne is a nod to ancient materials and designs. There is a stunning amount of gold leaf shining out from the pyramid of the gallery. However, the structure beneath is actually 3D printed.
There is still time to head on over to the gallery and admire this feat of engineering before it disappears in January. This is a brilliant way to finish what has been a great celebration of Japanese-French relations.
The exhibition opened on July, 13th, 2018 and continues until January 14th, 2019.