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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

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A graduate of the Object department at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, Marion Delarue defines herself as an artist of the body object. Her residency at Villa Kujoyama in 2019 allowed her to explore different techniques for creating hair accessories, giving rise to her Tennennomono series, now on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

In the exhibition Un printemps incertain, invitation à 40 créateurs she also presents her work Parrot devotee 5, which the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has just acquired.

This portfolio immerses us in the Tennennomono series, from the birth of the project at Villa Kujoyama in Japan, to its exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Un printemps incertain, invitation à 40 créateurs, exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 19 May to 3 October 2021.

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Collecte de matériaux à la Villa Kujoyama, juin 2019.
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

"During the Edo period, Japanese women used very specific objects to support their imposing buns: Kushis (combs), Kogais (hair sticks) and Kanzashis (hairpins), whose utilitarian function would diminish over time until they became purely ornamental.

During my six-month residency at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, centre of refinement in the arts and birthplace of the head ornament, I applied myself to defining the singularities and specificities of these unusual objects, focusing on the most iconic aspect: the decoration.

This series was conceived in bone, wood, shell, stone and horse hoof, materials of natural origin traditionally used to make Japanese hair ornaments (excluding ivory, coral and tortoise shell, for ethical and legal reasons)."

Marion Delarue 

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Collecte de matériaux à la Villa Kujoyama, juin 2019 © Lauriane Jagault
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Croquis Kushi agate
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"The aim is to uncover the intrinsic decorative elements of these raw materials (Tennennomono in Japanese), to exploit their "natural patterns" and unusual chromatic nuances; to bring out the unexpected in the familiar.

Blurring the lines between nature and artifice, authenticity and imitation, these pieces, in their ambiguity, tend to arouse a feeling of strangeness in the viewer." 

Marion Delarue 

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Croquis préparatoire pour la réalisation d’un Kushi (peigne) en agate © Marion Delarue
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Vue d'atelier découpe
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Workshop view in Tokyo, cutting a kushi (comb). 

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Vue d’atelier à Tokyo, découpe des dents d’un Kushi (peigne) © Marion Delarue
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Vue d'atelier mise en forme
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Kogai (hair stick) in wood. 19,7 x 1,8 x 0,8 cm.

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© Marion Delarue
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Nuit blanche Kyoto
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Kushi (comb) in agate. 14,5 x 4,6 x 0,5 cm.

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© Marion Delarue
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Marion Delarue - Tennennomono series - Kogai - Wood - 197 X 18 X 8 mm - 2020
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Kanzashi (hairpin) in shell. 16,3 x 0,5 x 0,5 cm. 

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© Marion Delarue
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Marion Delarue - Tennennomono series - Kushi - Stone - 145 X 46 X 5 mm - 2020
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Kushi (comb) in wood. 11,5 x 4,7 x 0,6 cm. 

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© Marion Delarue
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Marion Delarue - Tennennomono series - Kanzashi - Shell - 163 x 5 X 5 mm - 2020
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Kanzashi (hairpin) in agate. 18,6 x 0,4 x 0,8 cm. 

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© Marion Delarue
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9 MAD © MAD Paris Christophe Dellière Série Tennennomono
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"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The Tennennomono series is presented at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, as part of the exhibition Un printemps incertain, invitation à 40 créateurs, May 2021. 

"Tennennomono" by Marion Delarue, at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs 10/12
© MAD Paris Christophe Dellière
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10 MAD © MAD Paris Christophe Dellière Série Tennennomono
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Detailed view of the Tennennomono series. The exhibition Un printemps incertain, invitation à 40 créateurs is being held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris until October 3, 2021.

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© MAD Paris Christophe Dellière
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10 MAD © MAD Paris Christophe Dellière Série Tennennomono

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The Institut français and the artist

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In 2019, Marion Delarue was selected to spend time at the Villa Kujoyama, a residency for artists in Japan supported by the Institut français.

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