tokujin yoshioka: water block at musee d'orsay tokujin yoshioka: water block at musee d'orsay
oct 28, 2011

tokujin yoshioka: water block at musee d'orsay

tokujin yoshioka with his ‘water block’ bench inside the impressionist gallery of the musée d’orsay all images courtesy of tokujin yoshioka

 

 

 

invited to participate in the renovation project of the musée d’orsay in paris, japanese designer tokujin yoshioka‘s glass bench ‘water block’ has been installed within the museum’s impressionist gallery alongside of works of art by master painters manet, degas, monet, cézanne and renoir. the placement of the seating object whose surface mimicks rippling water, is quite fitting placed within the space, reflecting the subjects of the paintings on display, offering a harmonious interaction between history and the present day.

tokujin yoshioka water block designboom ‘water block’ bench situated in front of eduoard manet’s ‘le déjeuner sur l’herbe’ (the picnic)

tokujin yoshioka water block designboom installation view

alternative view

the bench placed in front of pierre-auguste renoir’s ‘le moulin de la galette’

long view of the bench

  • too shiny, too glossy, too protagonist for such a collection of masterpieces… please no!

    marcos says:
  • can you sit on it?

    g says:
  • I think the bench is quite beautiful, but it’s placement in this space is a bit wrong. This is a space dedicated to appreciating the masterpieces on display and everything should contribute to that focus. The bench might be a distraction.

    Anne Bevan says:
  • I much prefer to see Tokujin’s bench installed in the context of these paintings rather than some large, boxy, cushioned cubes as is typical of museum seating. I think the fact that it is made of glass, it’s clear with minimal details, makes it a nice addition.

    Christina says:
  • g, i am pretty sure it can be sat on, and i am with you christina.
    it might seem a bit ‘contemporary’ in juxtaposition to the master paintings, but because it is colorless and transparent it makes only a subtle impact on the space. i don’t think it detracts from the work on show.

    jorjia says:

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