Adoka Niitsu, Mirror #Narcisse [Ukiyo-e] (Image of the floating world), 2019
Mixed Media Installation with Lithographic Limestone of Solnhofen and Eichstätt (Bavaria in Germany), Fossils, Artificial flower (Pastel, Acrylic, Foam paper, Wire), LED Neon light, Mirror, Plexiglas, Acrylic on MDF board, Glass Box
Dimension of the stone : 7 x 13.3 x 0.9 cm (5.7 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)
Glass box L20 x W40 x H40 cm (7.8 x 15.7 x 15.7 in)
Installation view of group exhibition "Le Théâtre des Expositions « Répliques Japonisme »" at Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France. December 9, 2021 - January 8, 2022. Photograph by © Adoka Niitsu
(From left to right)
Mirror # Narcisse [Shadow] / Mirror # Narcisse [Reflection] / Mirror # Narcisse [Light]
Dimension of the box: 23.5 x 17.0 x 8.0 cm (9.25 x 6.69 x 3.14 in). Adoka Niitsu, 2021
Exhibited with 『今風化粧鏡』(Imafū Keshō Kagami / modern makeup mirrors), Ukiyo-e japanese woodcut prints by Kunisada I (1786-1865) at the group exhibition "Le Théâtre des Expositions « Répliques Japonisme »" at Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France.
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"In the theatrical sense, a « Répliques » is at once an appropriation, an up-dating and a riposte.
Seven invited artists will play the game of replication and bring their contemporary response to the masterpieces of the Japanese collections of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, adding a few lines to the History of Japonism of which the School has been the theater.
Echoing a selection of 24 Japanese prints or accordion books chosen from the Tronquois collection of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Laury Denoyes, Morgane Ely, Alice Narcy, Adoka Niitsu, Mariia Silchenko, Lucile Soussan and Alžbětka Wolfová respond with a contemporary work.
Based on an idea by Clélia Zernik, professor at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, with Anne-Marie Garcia, conservator, responsible for the collections of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, Rym Ferroukhi, Pétronille Mallié and Soukaïna Jamai, scenographers and Alice Narcy, curator in residence.
Masterpieces from Japanese collections:
Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, Kunisada 1er, Egawa Tomekichi
(*Text from the exhibition "Le Théâtre des Expositions « Répliques Japonisme »" at Palais des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France, 2021)
"On a frosty morning, someone had put an artificial narcissus into the lattice."
（Takekurabe, Ichiyo Higuchi)
I would like to thank Noriko Mitsuhashi, Maki Toshima and Alice Narcy for thoughtful discussion on the early stages of this work. Laurent Lafont-Battesti, Co-Traduction for the text from "Takekurabe(lit. 'Comparing heights')" by Ichiyo Higuchi in French.