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Villa Kujoyama Reopens

Following several months devoted to renovation and the preparation of new programs, Villa Kujoyama reopened in September 2014.
Following several months devoted to renovation and the preparation of new programs, Villa Kujoyama will once again host designers in residence, led by the Franco-Japanese team comprised of Christian Merlhiot and Sumiko Oé-Gottini, starting in September 2014
Christian Merlhiot, filmmaker and head of the Neuflize OBC Pavilion, a laboratory for creation of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, was once a resident of Villa Kujoyama, in 2011. Sumiko Oé-Gottini, previously producer and independent artistic adviser, also worked at the Palais de Tokyo as Production Manager of the Neuflize OBC Pavilion before becoming General Coordinator in charge of managing the museum’s activities
Villa Kujoyama will be offering a brand new residency program dedicated to research for French designers in all areas – with the artistic trades and digital arts being a new chapter of the program – and receiving a tandem made up of a French designer and a Japanese designer for a common project, entitled ‘‘Kujoyama en duo’’.
Built on a hill of the Higashiyama Mountain in Kyoto by Japanese architect Kunio Kato in 1991-1992, the building, covering a surface area of 1164m2, mostly in concrete, was renovated by the company Shimizu, with the support of Pierre Bergé. It was inaugurated on October 4 on the occasion of the Nuit Blanche event in Kyoto. The opening ceremony included presentations by former artists in residence, with an olfactory path proposed by José Lévy, an installation by Ange Leccia, ikebana by Master Shuhô and a dance solo performance by Susan Buirge.
Villa Kujoyama is managed by the Institut français of Japan in association with the Institut français. It is one of the most prestigious French cultural institutions outside of France, along with Villa Medici in Rome and Casa de Velasquez in Madrid. It is also the only French residency for designers in Asia.




Photo : © Christian Merlhiot
  •   © Christian Merlhiot  
  •   © Christian Merlhiot  
  •   © Christian Merlhiot  
  •   Susan Buirge, dance solo.  
  •   José Lévy, olfactory and light path through different parts of Villa Kujoyama.