Jean-Luc Vilmouth (1952 - 2015) was a world-renown artist based in France, teaching at various art institutions, most notably École des Beaux-Arts in Paris; thus also noted as a remarkable educator who sent out many a young and talented artist into the world.

Exploring “The process of learning how art relates to oneself” -- a theme that was a major object of the artist's personal study -- through a rich program of exhibitits, performances, lectures and workshops, participants and visitors will have many opportunities to delve into the artist's world.

By "becoming aware with one’s eyes," "learning with one’s ears," "gaining depth through participation," and "developing oneself through discussion,” there will be many opportunities for participants to experience the abundance of ways that Jean-Luc Vilmouth taught us to be aware of our surroundings.

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【TALK】 Special Talk  Guest:Tadashi Kawamata(Artist)
Dear friend of JLV and a colleague at Ecole de Beaux Arts (Paris)
Mr Kawamata is an artist active worldwide. From the relationship and memories with JLV, he will discuss about how he attempts to foster the young generation of artists.
Date:21 (wed), August   19:30〜20:30
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Admission Free
No reservation required(please come directly to the venie)
Language : Japanese only
【TALK】 Special Talk  Guest:Yoko Ando(Contemporary Dancer, Choreographer)
Date:23 (Fri), August   19:30〜20:30
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Admission Free
No reservation required(please come directly to the venie)
Language : Japanese only
【LECTURE】 Is Japanese Art Education Outstanding? New ideas to develop its future
The concept of "art" was imported from Europe during the Meiji period, Japan has since then learned and developed "art" in various ways. However, expression based on art history and international ideas, towards  art education, has not been fostered. Art universities in Japan continue to have challenges such as being able to produce talented people in the eyes of the international art market. As long as the center of art is geographically and contextually centered in Europe and the United States, what should we do to enhance Japanese art education? We will discuss with internationally active artists, curators and current art university teachers.
Guest:Noboru Tsubaki(Artist)
    Clélia ZERNIK(Professor at Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris)
    Erina Matsui(Artist)
Date:24 (sat), August    14:00〜16:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Admission Free
No reservation required(please come directly to the venie)
Language : Japanese only
■ 【LECTURE】 Let's learn from the world!Policy to support young artists and art education around the world.
A series of presentation, by representatives of different countries, around the support each country offer to young artist and their policy in terms of art education.

25 (sun), August 13:00〜
13:00- Israel
Arieh Rosen(Culture and Science Affairs Attaché, Embassy of Israel, Tokyo)

14:00- Switzerland
Jonas Pulver(Head of Culture and Public Affairs, Embassy of Switzerland in Japan)

15:00- Finland
Anna-Maria Wiljanen(Ph. D., Director, The Finnish Institute in Japan)

16:00- France
Samson SYLVAIN (Attaché culturel, Responsable du pôle artistique, Direction générale de l'Institut français du Japon)

17:00- Holland
Bas Valckx(Press & Cultural Officer, Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands)

Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Admission Free・No reservation required(please come directly to the venue)・Language : Japanese, partialy in English
【LECTURE】Espace de Reflexion × Spiral Schole for Kids​ "The future of children's learning "
This talk will consider the future of art education on the subject of children's learning and art.
Facilitator:Takako Ijiri(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Ardacoda), Sawako Inaniwa(Chief Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art), Yukari Horie(Entrepreneur), Saki Chikarashi(Artist)
Date:17 (sat), August   15:00〜16:30
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Admission Free・No reservation required(please come directly to the venie)・Language : Japanese only
《Cafe Little Boy》(2014) Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou  (Paris)

【WORKSHOP & HAPPENING】Program by Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris' students

What do you think?
A participatory happening based on the question "What do you think?"  Jean-Luc Vilmouth always asked his students. Join the Beaux Arts students to be part of this one time happening. 
Date:18 (sun), August    17:00 〜 19:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Admission Free・No reservation required(please come directly to the venue)
Coffee Time
While having a cup of coffee, discuss with the artist,  the method of the art project "Caffenol". You will then be invited to shoot your own photo . The photo will be developed using coffee. The printed photo will be exhibited at  "1 hour exhibition" event, at a later date. (see "1 hour exhibition" program below)
Date:17(sat), 18(sun), 25(sun), August  11:00 - 13:00 (open : 11:00)
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Admission Free・E-mail reservation required(Please apply at the e-mail adress below)・Language : English 
Capacity:4 participant per session
A moment of exchange between Beaux-Arts students and visitors, in which all will be invited to present an object, a project, an idea, a work in progress and to share opinions. 
Date:20(tue), 22(thu), 23(fri)   19:00 - 20:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Admission Free・No reservation required(please come directly to the venue)・Language : English 
Capacity:5 to 10 participant per session
Convergent Paths
Each participant discuss with the performer, explaining her wich route they took to come over Spiral Garden. The performer draw the lines on googlemap. At the end of the workhshop, the performer extract the lines from the map and create a digital postcard showing all the paths that converge to SP. The digital postcard are sent by email to the participant.
Date:21(wed)  15:00 - 16:00, 24(sat)   16:00 - 17:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Admission Free・Language : English 
■ 【WORKSHOP】Spiral Schole for Kids
Espace de Reflexion × Spiral Schole for Kids  "Philosophy for Children"
Children participating to this talk will consider the future of learning with their words, expresssing their opinion.
Date:17(sat), August      13:00〜14:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Entry fee:1000 yen(+TAX)
Reservation(please reserve at  www.spiral.co.jp/spiral-schole-kids-2019 )・Language : Japanese only
Espace de Reflexion × Spiral Schole for Kids "Children's chorus Workshop"
A workshop and live performance where children will sing along with the musician Miho Ota of CANTUS.
Date:18 (sun), August
Workshop timing:11:00〜14:30
Live performance:13:45 - 14:00 (※ the live performance is admission free and everyone is welcome)
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Language : Japanese only for the workshop
《Bar Seduire》(1997), Spiral Garden  photo:Katsuhiro Ichikawa

■【PERFORMANCE】Program by Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris' students

Artist Description
An artist stand on a pedestal, awaiting for viewers reactions and comments. 
Date:19(mon), 23(fri), August  15:00 - 16:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Hammer in Space
A desk, someone is doing administrative procedures. The goal? Convincing a spacial agency to send JLV's hammer into space.
Date:18(sun), August   14:00 - 15:00, 20(tue), 22(thu)   13:00 - 14:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Helium Balloon
A trash mobile held by helium balloons. A reference to JLV. The objective of this performance : to raise conscience over the amount of trash our society creates.  
Date:17(sat) , 18(sun), August  12:00 - 20:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
Cleaning Tokyo
Over an idea of JLV who was cleaning the streets by bringing leaves inside, the Beaux-Arts students will be cleaning the streets of Tokyo, or would they? 
Date:19(mon), 23(fri), August  11:00 - 12:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)
The visitors are walking around in a tropical and smoky atmosphere. The performer standing still, nearby  a plant becomes part of the Jungle created within the venue. 
Date:18 (sun), August   19:00 - 20:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral1F)

The collective YOURS, is a collective of French artist partially composed of Jean-Luc Vilmouth's former students.

Surprise Short Performances
Borrowing from Jean-Luc Vilmouth the shape of the heart as a symbol of encounter, the collective YOURS will realize the performance "I love you" on the occasion of the tribute to the artist at the Spiral.
Through the streets of Tokyo the 6 members that have travelled to Tokyo for the occasion will carry a huge heart filled with air, from the French Institute to Spiral, intriguing the passers-by and jostling with humor the daily.
Date : Saturday 17th 2019 18:00 (arrival at Spiral)
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)

This performance has received the support of : Ambassade de France, Institut Français du Japon, Les Amis des Beaux Arts de ParisMadame Marie-Christine Gabillaud-Wolf, Madame Isabelle Bourgeois, Monsieur Bruno Ribeyron-Montmartin, L'Avant Galerie Vossen.
【PERFORMANCE & EXHIBITION】 1 hour exhibition

This program is designed by Shuji Ariyoshi, a former student of Jean-Luc Vilmouth, and is intended for a variety of exchanges with artists, curators and students. We invite artist to exhibit for one sole hour at Spiral emblematic exhibition space. Within one hour each participant previously selected will be asked to  deliver an exhibition from installation to removal. Our objectives is to present new talents and free ideas without being bound by the frame of expression.

The "1 hour exhibition" performance schedule will be published in August at the page linked :   www.spiral.co.jp/topics/spiral-garden/espace-de-reflexion-1 
Date:19 (mon)~23(fri), August    (in between 11:00-20:00)

【PERFORMANCE】Notre-Dame by Shuji Ariyoshi

A performance dressing a parallel in between Notre-Dame de Paris and Spiral two power spots, one religious, the other cultural. 
Date:24 (sat), August    11:00 〜 13:00
Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)
Admission Free・No reservation required(please come directly to the venue)・Language: Japanese 

<Kickoff Event “OMIAI”>

17 (sat), August 2019     18:00-20:00

An informal gathering to meet every participants of the following week of event will be organized to recall the best memories of Jean-Luc Vilmouth as an artist, a professor and a friend. 

■ Artist Profile

Jean-Luc Vilmouth

Born in Creutzwald, France. Former Professor at Ecole des Beaux Arts (Paris). After graduating from Royal College of Art (London), Vilmouth has been exhibiting at Venice Biennale and Documenta and many other international shows. In a broad variety of method of expression, from installation, to performance and to video production, he gradually came to create works, focusing on public spaces, relationships between the self and the environment and the changes that occur as a result of interventions.
■ Messages about this exhibition

Remembering Jean-Luc Vilmouth

  • Tsutomu Okada (Spiral Senior Curator)

In the winter of 2015, at a time when the world was enwrapped in beautiful hues, Jean-Luc left us without a word of warning.He was one who never stopped talking about the relation between people and art, and how there should be a place to teach that, as he did himself through myriad styles and forms of expression; connecting people with people, and things with things. This is something that those with whom he surrounded himself all shared, whether philosophers, educators, artists, or lovers.

Isn't all we need just a fair and free place that disregards borders and economics, with actual tools and activities to take the place of school-learning, like some kind of apparatus that refines talented youth before unleashing them on the world? This is an attempt at giving form to the artist's own query: exposited by those who were close to him, and visualized through a very special exhibit.

As the artist himself would have put it, “Watch your step!”


Jean-Luc Vilmouth  ― Circles and Spirals   ―

  • Clélia ZERNIK(Professor at Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris)

It was in 2014 that Dōgo Onsen Art approached Jean-Luc Vilmouth to transform a room at the Hotel Yaya into a spatial work of art, which he did by taking a felt pen to draw concentric circles as if emanating from a round wall clock; thus becoming his installation dubbed “Time Room.”

Circular forms play a large role in the life of Jean-Luc Vilmouth, while playing an important role in his work as motifs -- such in the installation “Why is the world round?” (Pourquoi le monde est-il devenu rond?) -- and his methodology. Circles interest him not only in their simplicity but also in their efficiency.

The economy of circles intrigues Jean-Luc Vilmouth in their ability to hold the largest possible area within the smallest possible diameter: they are “simple but efficient” in the artist’s own words, and serve as his personal plumb line. Circles also define a course; one that starts from the self, and wanders afar to eventually return to the point of departure. Jean-Luc loved such travel that led him from his native Moselle to the Amazon, to Japan, to Taiwan...

Making long detours, he nevertheless always returns to himself. A circle is where the point of departure coincides with the point of arrival. It is this integrity, this trueness to self, this absence of compromise that characterizes Jean-Luc Vilmouth himself. His radical nature is simple and pure, as is a circle. 

Travelling further and further away (“You’ve gone too far” - Atelier Vilmouth), he never quite loses his way and makes encounters with others on his way back. The work of Jean-Luc Vilmouth is to go out and encounter others, to mingle and get to know them, to put himself in their place (“My Dreamhouse -- Myself as...”). While the points of departure and arrival are the same, a minor transformation has taken place. This is due to his mingling with others, where in the process he may have changed in his manner of dress,or other ways, both inwardly and outwardly. The “circle” has brought about a switching of roles; a space to reflect.

It is of this curiosity and love of others that the house of Jean=Luc Vilmouth is made: acts of altruism, human exchange, and inclusion. The round trip between “oneself” and “others” entails a creation of circles in a variety of situations; some larger and some smaller. There are those between “You” and “Me,” or between “Nature” and “Me;” between a tree and me or between Japan and myself. Circles of familiarity, or more specifically, of familiar and intimate surroundings; of tiny ecosystems instituted by the artist to render the world a place more inhabitable and humane. Jean-Luc Vilmouth has thus invented devices of speech and personal exchange, to design interpersonal encounters in human emotion over which he presides as toastmaster.

So it should come as no surprise that Jean-Luc Vilmouth’s first exhibit at Spiral Garden was called “Bar Séduire” -- literally, “bar of seduction” -- in which was staged the self’s encounter with another as a reflection of oneself. Giving feedback to one’s own self while possessing the eyes of another implies, in a sense, a spiral. With the “other” as a horizon, Jean-Luc Vilmouth has created from spaces of singular contemplation a repeating circle of questioning about the world, about the animal, about the future and things unseen, as his studio at Beaux-arts de Paris bears witness. And from the Spiral in Tokyo to the Beaux-arts in Paris we recreate the persistently murmuring and never-ending echo of his reflection. What do you think?


■ General 

Espace de réflexion

Date:17(sat) - 25(sun), August 2019     11:00-20:00

Venue:Spiral Garden(Spiral 1F)

Admission Free

Organized by Wacoal Art Center
Planned by Spiral
Special cooperation with École des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Cooperation with Kanransha, SIA Office, Ambassade de France, Institut Français du Japon, Yukiharu Takematsu + E.P.A
Supported by Les Amis des Beaux Arts de Paris
Special thanks : Lisa White, Leila White 


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