mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo
mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo
nov 10, 2013

mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo

mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo
‘infinite energy I, II, III’, 2013
fiberglass, mirror, LED, real-time control system
1900mm x 7800mm




mariko mori at espace louis vuitton, tokyo
now through january 5th, 2013



redefining the architecture of the espace louis vuitton are eight monumental pieces by internationally-renowned japanese artist mariko mori. the exhibition ‘infinite review’ amasses sculptures and experiential installations in a series of works that metaphorically reflect the never ending circulation of life and death as well as fragments from the artist’s personal experiences.


towering above visitors and traversing the space between the floor and ceiling are a triptych of luminous spirals. the soaring ‘infinite energy’ series is a visualization of an invisible force, felt and seen through their unseen participation with gallery entrants. LED lights corkscrew around the form changing chroma, variating through hues of blues, purples, and cyan based on nearby movement, detected by real-time monitors. the interface with visitors as they approach lends a sense of universal dynamism to the sculptural work. for their installation, the aerial structures required a nine part division, dissembling from spain and transferred, reconstructed, and finally illuminated in the space-specific site in tokyo. the three pieces are ‘purely based on my imagination‘ mariko mori explains, ‘how I picture energy flowing’.



mariko mori: infinite renew at espace louis vuitton tokyo
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installation view of ‘infinite renew’ at espace louis vuitton tokyo
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‘infinite energy I, II, III’ installed in the space
image © louis vuitton / jérémie souteyrat



the triptych of sculptures illuminated against the night sky in tokyo
image © louis vuitton / jérémie souteyrat



a detail of the LED light at the base of ‘infinite energy’
image © designboom



the sculpture series ‘renew’ follows the möbius form: a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. without a beginning nor an end, the infinite shapes symbolize the life-cycle, particularly the repetition and continual loop of physical and mental existence. ‘there’s an end, but there’s a rebirth, a new beginning’, says mariko mori. with one structure suspended from the ceiling, and the other situated on a plinth in the center of the gallery space, the duo of pearlescent conformations radiate throughout the room, reflecting the idea of



installation view of ‘infinite renew’
image © designboom



‘renew I’, 2013
868mm x 1181mm x 1890mm
image © designboom



‘butterfly’ is a maquette of the stage set for the opera ‘madama butterfly’. the sculpture alludes to the sad fate of the main character: in despair over unrequited love, the lead role decides to take her own life. moreover, mariko mori’s ‘butterfly’ seeks to represent not the physical death, but the consequence of her spirit that will come to life once again.



‘butterfly’, 2013
image © designboom



‘birds II’, 2012
image © designboom


  • In all due respect, this has all been done before. Look at your art history.

    Paedra says:
  • Paedra.. I’ll admit I’m a fan, but even considering that, I will say to you that being in physical presence of her art has an eerie and profound effect.. pictures don’t begin to do justice to the physical impact of her work.

    julie says:

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