Le Gentil Garçon


July 3 – Sep 10, 2018

The window display at Ginza Maison Hermès is a theatrical stage in the midst of the city. Each year’s annual theme of Hermès is conveyed through the creative viewpoints of diverse creators.The theme for 2018 is A VOUS DE JOUER! (LET’S PLAY!).

When you were a child, did you ever get your hands on a bunch of different colored pens and, overwhelmed with joy, mischievously scribble all over the place? This edition of the Maison Window display starts with some giant versions of these pens, filled with the same childlike sense of abandon and playfulness, bursting out of a white sheet of paper. The pens can be used to trace the shapes of various objects on the paper and also to create colored rain. Not only are the giant pens tools for drawing, they also function as arrows, vigorously showing us which way to go. Ready? Follow the pens!

Artist Profile

Le Gentil Garçon
After studying physical science and mathematics, and attending an applied arts school, the artist adopted the name Le Gentil Garçon (The Nice Guy) in 1998 and has been using it exclusively ever since. He has shown his work all over the world and received a number of public-art commissions. Le Gentil Garçon makes use of a variety of different media, including sculpture, installation, performance, publishing, and moving images. Inspired by science, he strives to break down the boundaries between categories by giving an immediately identifiable form to an idea and then adding several other levels of understanding. This is his second window display for Ginza Maison Hermès – the first was in 2013. Among his recent projects are Kodomo no Kuni, an exhibition held at Vélizy-Villacoublay, Versaille, France (2018); Eclipses, a public-art commission for the Université Grenoble Alpes (2018); Tokyo Exquise, la Nuit de la Philo, an exhibition held at the Institut français de Tokyo (2017); and Ce fabuleux monde moderne: The 13th Biennale of Lyon (2015). He also took part in a residency program at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto (2012).