The mixed media sculpture by the Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa named “Throne” is now on display below the glass pyramid at the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre. This sculptural installation adds a touch of elegance to the already monumental pyramid, designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, which marks the entrance to the Musée du Louvre.
The installation welcomes visitors, including those on a private Louvre museum tour, on their way to participate in the exhibition titled “Japonisms 2018”. The museum opened the exhibit on July 13 to honor the 160 years of the diplomatic relations between France and Japan, and it will prolong until January 14, 2019.
“In our increasingly globalized world, diversity is an essential element in the transformation and growth of society. Single systems of absolute values and principles used to color the lives of large numbers of people under the rule of royalty or monarchy, but such coherence is now rare. However, the progress of computers and artificial intelligence is accelerating, and if they reach the stage where they boast absolute intelligence, society and whole nations are likely to blindly follow them. This work attempts to express that premonition as an immense ‘floating vacant throne’,” Kohei Nawa said.
He also added, “If you think about what instances of power and authority have continued without interruption since ancient times, the pyramids provide one example, but we have to also ask what will continue into the future. Created with reference to the forms of festival floats and portable shrines that appear in the rituals and festivities of the East, the sculpture fuses today’s 3D modeling techniques with gold leaf techniques that date back to ancient Egypt.”
For the museum in the French capital, this year marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries. It also marks 150 years since the start of the Japanese Meiji period, which was the time when the East Asian country opened up to the West.
The museum in Paris stated that the monumental artwork is fully covered with gold leaf and blends the cultural tradition of Japan with cutting-edge technology. Its artist draws inspiration from the origins and shapes of floats, which were used in Eastern religious fests. Kohei Nawa’s sculptural installation, which uses a combination of 3D modeling systems and the technique gold leaf gliding, echoes ancient Egyptian culture and the Louvre museum’s collections too. Obviously, it marks a grand entry to your Louvre museum private tours.