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Light: Dan Flavin, an artist who thematically pursued ‘light’ in his career, being an advocate of minimalism.

Sound: Morton Feldman, a composer who thematically pursued ‘sound’ in his career, leading the New York school of orchestra.

The two pioneers who relentlessly continued exploring new mediums of expression during the same era in New York—collaboration between these two artists comes to life at the exhibition “DAN FLAVIN” at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo on Tuesday, August 8.

The works of Dan Flavin, the music of Morton Feldman’s 6-hour “String Quartet No. 2”, and the space of Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo—the triad of these three is sure to amuse visitors via its creative dimension of space and time.

Playing “String Quartet No. 2” is FLUX Quartet, a group best known as the first quartet in the world to play the complete version of the same song in 1999. Often cited as the best of all the existing string quartet groups, visitors are encouraged to come enjoy this highly unique opportunity where they can be freely led through this space and time gently guided by the ‘sound’ of FLUX Quartet.

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Dedication to Dan Flavin at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo
Morton Feldman String Quartet No.2 featuring Flux Quartet
produced by VICE JAPAN

Concert Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Venue: ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON TOKYO
Venue Open/Act Open: 14:30 / 15:00

* This performance will be a public recording performance, completely free of charge.
* You can enter and leave the venue at any time during the performance.
But entrance and re-entrance will be limited according to the situation.

* Because of the complete recording of this performance, video/photo shooting by VICE crew is expected during the performance. Please be forewarned that there are restrictions on the areas that are available for viewing.

Main Host: ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON TOKYO
Planning and Production: VICE MEDIA JAPAN
PR : afumi inc.
Performing Cast: FLUX QUARTET

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ESPACE LOUIS VUITTON

© ADAGP, Paris 2017 Photo by Jérémie Souteyrat

© ADAGP, Paris 2017 Photo by Jérémie Souteyrat

The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, inaugurated in 2011, is located at the center of Omotesando, the most beautiful area in Tokyo where many trends and cultural movements spring. Embodying Louis Vuitton’s and Japan’s shared passion for creativity, the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is a glass box on the top floor of the Louis Vuitton building designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki. It is both a visually stimulating architecture and an exhibition place encouraging creation of new contemporary artworks.

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DAN FLAVIN

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“MONUMENT“ FOR V. TATLIN, 1970 © ADAGP, Paris 2017

UNTITLED (TO ALEX AND NIKKI), 1987 © ADAGP, Paris 2017

Dan Flavin (1933-1996) was a leading figure in the Minimalist movement who devoted his life to exploring the medium of light. After rejecting the religious teachings imposed by his father, he studied art history, followed by techniques and materials at Columbia University (New York, USA). In his use of industrial materials, his serial repetition of elementary forms and his refusal of representation, illusion or metaphor, Flavin contributed to the birth of the Minimalist movement alongside Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Sol LeWitt.

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Morton Feldman

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Born in New York, Morton Feldman (1926-1987) was one of the most highly respected masters of contemporary music, as a pioneering composer of ‘music of uncertainty’ whose craft always came from his obsession with the ‘sound’ that originates from instruments.

Often cited as an inventor of graphic music notation, Feldman opened and gave a path for the young John Cage whom he influenced.

Feldman’s source of inspiration was not limited only to music. A number of his works were conceived being influenced by abstract expressionist paintings, for which his exchanges with the likes of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and others were said to be responsible.

In his late years, Feldman continued exploring forms of expression without being bound by the style he built himself. He passed away at the age of 61, being mourned greatly with grief from around the world. Thirty years after his passing, voices of praise for his profound accomplishment continues to echo today.

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FLUX Quartet

Formed around a violinist, Tom Chiu, FLUX Quartet came together as a string quartet in New York in 1996. Its current members are Tom Chiu, Conrad Harris (violin), Max Mandel (viola), and Felix Fan (cello).

As suggested by its group name ‘FLUXUS’, FLUX Quartet explores all possibilities of art, above and beyond the genre of string quartets, while operating with its philosophy of “Anything Goes” for which the same name movement called. The Quartet pursues that mission by employing a wide spectrum of repertoires ranging from Ligeti to Ornette Coleman, as well as by training the young, up-and-comers in the genre.

At this exhibition, FLUX Quartet will be playing Morton Feldman’s “String Quartet II”, which will be a continuous 6-hour performance with no rest in between. Their performance will be openly recorded at the venue. The uncut, full version of this valuable performance piece will be made available later via VICE PLUS.