Tomoko Mukaiyama

Pianist by Tomoko Mukaiyama

Feb 5 – Feb 28, 2019

La Fondation d’entreprise is pleased to present the Amsterdam-based artist Tomoko Mukaiyama at Maison Hermès le Forum. In addition to being internationally active as a pianist, Mukaiyama has displayed talent in a wide range of other fields, directing and choreographing stage works and creating art installations.

Mukaiyama endeavors to make productions with unconventional forms, such as concerts designed for a one-person audience and performances in which the viewers mount the stage. She has a longstanding interest in the spaces where music are performed and the people who are involved with them, and examines how performers and audiences comprehend music and perceive the space.

This exhibition, Pianist , centers on a series of piano performances that will be held from February 5 to 28, 2019, coincides with the first day of spring, which functions as a means of regulating nature and human life. The gallery will only be open for a few hours every day. It will contain an installation made up of a forest of pianos, where Mukaiyama will stage a daily concert. In this environment (with a time difference that increases one hour a day), time will always be different and pass slowly. Neither a concert hall, a theater nor a music studio, the art gallery will serve as the stage where the pianist intersects with the audience. Visitors will become part of the installation on a deliberately staggered, extraordinary turntable. Mukaiyama invites us to take part in the adventure as partners in an open-ended, limitless work overflowing with possibilities.

After this 24-day period ends, timem will return to regular gallery time. But our own sense of time is likely to remain somewhat out of whack as we listen closely to the silence.

The forest will consist of a variety of different pianos, ranging from uprights to concert grands.

When I want to sing in a loud voice, I will use a concert grand, and when I want to sing in a husky whisper, I will use an out-of-tune upright.In the Pianist space, the pianos will create a shadowy area. This will give the audience and the pianist a quiet place to stay when needed.

The space will contain piano-shaped beds or coffin-like black boxes. While the pianist is sleeping, she can still practice, and even after she is dead, she can still play the piano.

– Tomoko Mukaiyama

Artist profile

Tomoko Mukaiyama
Pianist/artist. Living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In 1991, Mukaiyama won the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. She has been invited to perform as a soloist with various International orchestras, including the Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and has taken part in the premiere of various new works. In recent years, she has also produced a series of unconventional performing arts and installation pieces. Throughout her career, Mukaiyama has maintained an interest in the perception of the spaces where music is performed and the people who occupy them (performers, audience members). She has also strived to perform and create works that traverse, violate, and coexist with a variety of borders such as Japan and the Netherlands, the embodiment of the self and others, sexuality, and musical performance and memory. In 2007, she established the Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation (the Netherlands), and in 2015, the Multus association (Japan). Mukaiyama is active as both a collaborator and producer in a wide range of fields including not only music but also art, architecture, fashion, dance, and photography. In 1993, she received the Muramatsu Award, in 2014, the Dioraphte Dance Award for the best dance performance given in the Netherlands, and in 2016, the 11th Japan Dance Forum Award.


A different performance, with a running time of between 50 and 120 minutes,will be presented every day.
Due to unavoidable circumstances, the time of today’s performance has been changed.We appreciate your understanding.
Times are given in 24-hour notation.

*A portion of the opening hours and performance on the 18th will overlap with those on the 19th.


  • Exhibition Period: February 5th (Tue) – 28th (Thu), 2019
  • Open: Please check the timetable for the information of opening hours.
  • Open daily / Admission free
  • Venue: Ginza Maison Hermès Le Forum (8F, 5-4-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan TEL: 03-3569-3300)
  • Organizers: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
  • Support: Tomoko Mukaiyama Foundation
  • Special Cooperation: Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co.,Ltd.
  • Patronage: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands