From 13 July, 2018 through 14 January, 2019, Kohei Nawa's Throne (2018) will be on view beneath I.M. Pei's glass pyramids that mark the entrance to the museum. The installation is a hallmark of the exhibition, Japonisms 2018: souls in harmony, on the 160th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Japan and France.
"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". 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."—Kohei Nawa, Artist Statement
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