For the Maison Boucheron, art is the very essence of both its destiny and its creations: art is its raison d’être. Above all else, the artistic value predominates and guides everything that the Maison does or creates, which it has always been the case since its foundation in 1858.
To mark Boucheron’s presence for 120 years at 26, Place Vendôme, the Maison will be exhibiting exceptional works by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Taken from the Revolution series, these black and white seascapes of imposing size are the product of the artist’s deep meditation on light, water and air.
The remarkable and enigmatic images will be presented to the public at the same time as the new High Jewelry collection “Hôtel de la lumière”, a veritable ode to light: that of the stones themselves, the work of the hands that intensify them and, lastly, the brilliant beauty that shines through them.
This brings the Maison and Hiroshi Sugimoto together in this “Art of Light”, each in their own discipline, making this meeting of aesthetics remarkable.
This initiative forms part of the “Boucheron Artiste et Artisan du Rêve” project, which aims to create a dialogue with the contemporary art scene.
In the same spirit, and in the tradition of its founder Frédéric Boucheron who supported the arts throughout his life, Boucheron has decided to support Hiroshi Sugimoto’s initiative through the production of a new arrangement of the Double suicide à Sonezaki (Sonezaki shinjû) written by the playwright Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) including the Pèlerinage à la déesse Kannon scene, ignored for a long time. This Bunraku performance – Japanese puppet theater at its best – is the epitome of a tradition that UNESCO has recognized as the masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.
This is how the Maison wishes to demonstrate its commitment to Japan, a longtime friend sharing the same values of innovation, with age-old respect for savoir-faire, and love of crafts.
This exhibition forms part of a major Hiroshi Sugimoto event in France, during the Autumn Festival at the end of the summer. It is also planned to exhibit a group of photographic and video works entitled Accelerated Buddha at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent - from October 10th 2013 to January 26th 2014.Bunraku performances at the “Théâtre de la Ville” from October 10th to 19th 2013. From October 15th to 25th 2013 – Exhibition in the Boucheron salons at 26, place Vendôme.