INVISIBLE. In the Eye of the Double Spiral

Exhibition Special Site

Is there any concern more beautiful and more fundamental for the artist than to awaken each individual to the presence of the invisible, to these dormant powers that may as much be menacing as doors to imagination and fantasy, and the beginning of all stories? Ghosts, spirits, angels who haunt our existences, lining of the world framed in the latency of visibility, the invisible equally highlights the spiritual dimension that constructs societies in their truest identity.

The collaborative project between Tokyo University of the Arts and the Beaux-Arts de Paris (Global Art Joint Project) was developed via a succession of experiences and linkages (journeys to Tokyo, Toride, Paris, and Chambord), developing through an ascensional process of encounters, apprenticeships and dialogues, equally making room for interstices and gaps. The result of this adventure, gathering the works of sixteen students and three professors in the rooms of the Château de Chambord, is based on a comparative approach between Japan and France and is constructed within the interval – this element communal experiences left blind – between East and West, city and countryside, group and individual. Just as the double helix of the staircase (often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci) acts as an invisible, structuring spine in the center of the Castle, the exhibition unfolds amongst the invisible community of experiences that nourished the group.

If ghosts appear in Japan between two mirrors, on the threshold and within the liminal, it is here in the interval between the two spirals of the staircase, in the eye of the double helix, that a space is left open to the imaginary and the phantasmal. This hidden hearth, this piece of the invisible plays its game of evasion and hide-and-seek and develops the fruitful distance that links the participating artists closer together without ever making them coincide. Through this dynamic of linkage and slippage, the artists present all to this invisible commune, preserving it within the crux of the whirlwind of life.

Clélia Zernik (Professor, Theoretical Teaching/Philosophy of Art, The Beaux-Arts de Paris)


Thursday, 15 December 2016 – Sunday, 19 February 2017
Hours open: 9:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Château de Chambord (Second floor of the castle keep)
Domaine national de Chambord, 41250 Chambord, France
Closed on: Sunday, 25 December 2016 / Sunday, 1 January 2017 / Monday, 30 January 2017
Price: Free with the ticket to the castle.
Full price: 11 euros, Reduced price: 9 euros, Free for individuals under 26 years and long-term EU residents aged 18 to 25
Organized and planned by: Tokyo University of the Arts and the Beaux-Arts de Paris
In partnership with: Domaine national de Chambord
Supported by: Fondation Carmignac, Lupicia, and Lefranc & Bourgeois