Copyright © Hideki Inaba, 2010

Xavier Veilhan inaugurates the Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo.

In tribute to the 5th anniversary of the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris, Louis Vuitton is delighted to host French artist Xavier Veilhan for the inaugural exhibition of the ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON TOKYO.

Famous for his installations anchored in urban reality, Veilhan received special recognition in 2009 thanks to an exhibition of his works at the Château de Versailles.

In creating this exhibition, Xavier Veilhan drew inspiration from the ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON TOKYO, suspended between heaven and earth on the 7th floor of the Louis Vuitton Omotesando Building. Christened “FREE FALL”, the exhibition was “conceived specifically for this central, weightless place”, he notes. “It invites me to reconstitute the mental and aerial dimensions which can be reached through art.”

FREE FALL is an invitation to experience the emotion of a weightless trip similar to what feels the visitor when he discovers the Espace.

Four originals art works have been created for the exhibition, with the support of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo and Galerie Perrotin–Paris.


Xavier Veilhan at the Espace, Nov 2010

© Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo


Xavier Veilhan
Born in 1963
Lives and works in Paris, France.


Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
Free Fall, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

The Mobile exhibited at Louis Vuitton New York Fifth Avenue, New York
Xavier Veilhan, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami
Le Carrosse, installation Place de la République, Metz
Interacting with History: Xavier Veilhan at The Mount, The Mount, Lenox
Kukje Gallery, Seoul
RAL 5015, Artcurial, Paris
Sorry We're Closed, Bruxelles

Veilhan Versailles, Château de Versailles, Versailles
Sophie, work in situ, Costes Restaurant Le Germain, Paris




Wood, steel, rubber, polystyrene, fiberglass, blower device, polyurethane paint
700 x 450 x 720 cm
Courtesy Xavier Veilhan / Work with support of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

© Sebastian Mayer / Louis Vuitton


Regulator, 2011, is a Renaissance-like machine or pedagogical instrument. It starts and stops randomly, being an unfixed machine that is made to move by strong airflow. The arms stretch out and the spheres lift as centrifugal force overcomes the pull of gravity. The sculpture thus challenges the spatial perception of the visitor.

“As a child used to amuse myself by spinning a marble on the bottom of a round basin, until it spun up the sides, propelled by the centrifugal force overpowering gravity.” “Often, art simply consists of showing invisible things”

Wood, glass, paper, needles
148 x 113 x 11 cm
Courtesy Xavier Veilhan / Work with support of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo

© Sebastian Mayer / Louis Vuitton
© Veilhan/Adagp, Paris, 2011

Free Fall n°1, n°2, n°3

In Free Fall no°1, no°2, no°3, 2011, pieces of paper, in different shades of grey, are suspended by needles to form an abstract cartographic experience that turns figurative when seen from a distance. The images were taken at a freefall simulator: an instructor is helping the artist himself to find his balance in the air flow.

Polyurethane, wood, epoxy paint
400 x 115 x 115 cm
Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris

© Sebastian Mayer / Louis Vuitton

Tokyo Statue

In tribute to the Japanese capital hosting this exhibition and to its residents, Xavier Veilhan is offering visitors, Tokyo Statue, 2011, is a four-meter-high silhouette, in a deep green, in the tradition of the artist’s emblematic work – his series of statues representing scanned human figures. As with his previous works, where postures and attitudes take precedence over the models to become forms, his definition – boiled down to a few facets – approaches abstraction and evokes – albeit with a modern dimension – Tatlin, Calder, Giacometti, Malevitch or Brancusi. The figure and base are not dissociated, but treated on the contrary with the same care: each features exactly 60 facets. The figure, reproduced at 1:00 scale, is comprised of triangles, while the soaring form of the pedestal, made up of square blocks, has an architectural quality. With its wider base, it offers a seat to the visitor – who in turn, when using it, becomes simultaneously an element of the composition and its scale reference. The work’s constructivist and suprematist influence is modulated by its resolutely ‘pop’ plain green colour.

Tokyo Statue, 2011, is a simplified representation of a spectator at the show, but celebrated on a pedestal, looking at the city skyline. It integrates a seat to allow contemplation of the view, not only of the show. The green color is traditional in his work: it matches the color of the floor and makes the statue appear as a silhouette.

Steel, inox, epoxy paint
243 x 40 x 40 cm
Courtesy Galerie Perrotin, Paris

© Diane Arques / Louis Vuitton
© Veilhan/Adagp, Paris, 2011

Stabile n°1

Stabile n°1, 2011 was created in a metal building workshop. It consists of a rustic assemblage of different square tubular elements, cut, soldered together, and lacquered in a plain colour.

This artwork is a steel sculpture that evokes both the surrounding architecture and a dynamic ascendance. It is related to constructivism and suprematism, and is a modern shape that mirrors the visitor’s own presence in the space.


Making of "Free Fall" (2'45'')
©Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo
Interview (14'25'')
video: Urubu film
Free Fall, 2011 (1'58'')
video: Sebastian Mayer
©Sebastian Mayer, 2011


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