October 21st, I visited the convent, “La Tourette” by Le Corbusier near Lyon. Last year Mr. Marc Chauveau in this convent bought my work “LIFE” series in the art fair in Paris. It was my great surprise and pleasure to see him at the first time here, in spite of a sudden visit to La Tourette without any appointment. I’m very honored to see my “LIFE” series is decorated in his bed room in “La Tourette”. He is working as an art curator here and organizing an exhibition of contemporary art in dialogue with Le Corbusier’s architectural work. My works were decorated in his bed room.
Web Site:Couvent De La Tourette
It’s raining today in London.
I showed the performance “One Continuous Motion” yesterday in Japan House London. The seats were fully booked and more than 90 audiences came to the venue. After the greeting and introduction from the Director-Programming, Mr. Simon WRIGHT, the performance was preceded by a screening of a specially selected extract from the calligraphy documentary ‘Traces of the Soul’, and was followed by a short talk by Nakajima and audience Q&A.
I appreciate a lot to audiences and staffs in Japan House.
Web:Japan House London
Web:Calligraphy documentary ‘Traces of the Soul’
The performance in auction house Drouot in Paris has ended on October 9th. Thank you for coming to see me. This is one of the works “Sunrise” which was born in the performance.
I’m in London now for the next performance.
In the auction house Drouot in Paris, I showed performance to make several pieces of artworks which is due to be sold in the auction in October 9th. In addition to them, following four works are brought under the hammer in an auction on the 10th.
“TESSIER SARROU – Arts du Japon”
Drouot salle 2
9, rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France
The Europe Tour in October starts soon.
It’s a typical fine day today in Autumn in Paris.
I am looking forward to seeing you somewhere.
“Arts du Japon”— Paris/France
09/10 Performance: 16:30 at Drouot
10/10 Auction: 14:00 at Drouot
“One Continuous Motion”— London /U.K.
13/10 Performance: 15:30 at Japan House London
“Four Seasons”— Lyon/France
22/10-24/10 Exhibition: at La Mairie du 6ème
23/10 Performance: 19:00 at La Mairie du 6ème
“Calligraphies Sonores”— Lille/France
27/10 Performance: 19:00 at Villa Cavrois
“Calligraphies Sonores”— Gent/Belgium
28/10 Performance: 20:00 at MIRY Concertzaal
It’s my pleasure to inform about the performance in London on October 13th.
The performance will be preceded by a screening of a specially selected extract from the calligraphy documentary ‘Traces of the Soul’, and will be followed by a short talk by Nakajima and audience Q&A.
Japan House is the new cultural home of Japan in London which opened in June 2018. Located on London’s Kensington High Street, it presents the very best of Japanese art, design, gastronomy, innovation, and technology.
I appreciate Mr. Martin Cooper (The film director of “Traces Of The Soul”) and Ms. Sakiko Nishihara(Creative Concierge) realizing this event. This is the first appearance in the U.K. for me. I am looking forward to seeing you.
One Continuous Motion
Contemporary Calligraphy Performance and Talk by NAKAJIMA Hiroyuki
Saturday, October 13th
Japan House London
101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Web Site:JAPAN HOUSE LONDION
In October 10th, four pieces of my works are put up for sale in the auction “Drouot” in Paris. I also show performance in the venue on the 9th. I’m looking forward to seeing you.
“TESSIER SARROU – Arts du Japon”
October 9: Performance by Hiroyuki Nakajima
October 8, 9,10: Exhibition for the public
October 10: Auction
9, rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France
Web Site:Auctioned Works
In this year of 2018, when cultural attention is focused on Japan on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, the auction house Tessier Sarrou is also involved in this effervescence by proposing a sale dedicated to the art of Japan on October 10th. The core of the sale, containing 120 works, comes from a French private collection, mainly composed in the 1970s and 1980s.
The day after the performance in Lille in France, I perform in MIRY Concertzaal in Belgium on October 28th. I look forward to seeing you.
Jan Michiels, Vincenzo Casale & Hiroyuki Nakajima
at 20:00 on 28th October
Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Web／ MIRY Concertzaal: https://www.miryconcertzaal.be
Vincenzo Casale: historical clarinet
Jan Michiels: pleyel piano1898
Hiroyuki Nakajima: calligraphy
– Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût (1907)
– Pagodes (1903)
– Petit Pièce (1910)
– Première Rhapsody (1910)
– Vier Stücke für Klarinette und Klavier (1913)
– Lied (1921)
– Tanka (2016)
– In nomine all’ongharese (2001)
– Passio sine nomine (2015)
– Couple égyptien en route vers l’inconnu (2013)
If for Paul Klee, the line is a point that has gone for a walk, the walk of a brush in calligraphy could be a sensory journey beyond the boundaries of the image itself.
Can we translate a sound into calligraphy and vice versa?
Japanese calligraphy has influenced and continues to influence Western art, from music to painting and many other arts forms.
The technicity and immediacy of the gesture of writing makes it an art that comes close to the creative and performative gesture of musicians.
The performance will present a program that combines the Japanese calligraphy with a music program dedicated to the composers who have been most inspired by this art, with a special focus on György Kurtág.
It’s my pleasure to inform about Festival ARTONOV in 2018.
This festival is the bridge that brings visual arts, performing arts, space arts and music together. Its fourth edition takes place in Brussels and Lille in October. I perform with musicians in the historical monument, Villa Cavrois in Lille in France on October 27th.
Hiroyuki Nakajima, calligraphy
Vincenzo Casale, historical clarinet
Jan Michiels, piano Bechstein 1890
Antoine Pecqueur, texts
You can see the complete program and participating artists on the website.
I uploaded the video “LIFE／生” which was shown in Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery in Paris in February.
From the 2018 documentary feature film :
‘Traces of the Soul’
Direction: Martin Cooper
“Traces Of The Soul” Official Trailer
I’m pleased to inform that the documentary film of calligraphy “Traces Of The Soul” has its World Premiere at Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy on June 7th and 10th.
Unlike digital communication, handwriting carries something beyond literal meaning, something of the soul. Through the eyes of twelve international artists “Traces of the soul” explores the world of contemporary calligraphy and why it is an increasingly relevant art form in this digital age.
We send over 22 billion digital messages a day
2.4 million emails every second.
In this age of instant communication,
has something been lost?
Asolo Art Film Festival dedicated to art cinema was born from a rib of the Venice Biennale. In 1994, the documentary film of Yu-Ichi Inoue, the world wide Japanese calligrapher won the Grand Prix at this festival.
Karl “KOBE” O’Brien
Director/Producer/Editor – Martin Cooper
Director Of Photography/Producer/Assistant Editor – Adrian “Uchujin” Storey
Tam Solo – Art Director/Producer
Ku Sharma – Producer
My artworks are presented on “Artsy”, which is the online platform for modern and contemporary art. “Artsy” features the world’s leading galleries, museums, foundations, artist estates, art fairs and auctions, all in one place. There are currently over 500,000 works available for sale, provided by galleries, museums and institutions from around the world. Please visit to the page of Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery on “Artsy” to see me.
Artsy／Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery