Setsuko was born in 1942 in Tokyo, and lives and works in Paris and at the Grand Chalet de Rossinière, Switzerland. She has exhibited in Tokyo, Paris, London, Rome, Geneva, and New York, and her work is included in institutional collections such as that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Since 2002, Setsuko has served as the honorary president of the Fondation Balthus, and in 2005, she was designated as UNESCO’s Artist for Peace.
The Grand Chalet: An interview with Setsuko
On the twentieth anniversary of Balthus’s death, Setsuko gives an intimate tour of the Grand Chalet and reflects on how the 1754 Swiss mountain home enriched their lives as artists.
Augurs of Spring
As spring approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, Sydney Stutterheim reflects on the iconography and symbolism of the season in art both past and present.
Work in Progress
Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and Benoît Astier de Villatte, of the Astier de Villatte atelier in Paris, first met at the Académie de France in Rome’s Villa Medici, where Setsuko lived when her late husband, the painter Balthus, was the school’s director. Here they discuss Setsuko’s newest body of terra-cotta works, produced at Astier de Villatte, with Gagosian’s Elsa Favreau.
Gagosian Quarterly Fall 2019
The Fall 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring a detail from Sinking (2019) by Nathaniel Mary Quinn on its cover.
Behind the Art
Setsuko: Into the Trees
Setsuko takes Jean-Olivier Després on a tour of her exhibition of terra-cotta and enameled ceramics in Paris, explaining her passion for trees and describing her approach to painting.
October 21–24, 2021, booth B23
Grand Palais Éphémère, Paris
Gagosian is pleased to participate in FIAC 2021 with a presentation of painting, sculpture, and works on paper by gallery artists. The booth will feature works by Georg Baselitz, Edmund de Waal, Helen Frankenthaler, Theaster Gates, Katharina Grosse, Simon Hantaï, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Steven Parrino, Auguste Rodin, Sterling Ruby, Setsuko, Jim Shaw, and Cy Twombly, among others. A selection of the works will also appear on gagosian.com and in FIAC’s Online Viewing Room.
Gagosian’s booth at FIAC 2021. Artwork, left to right: © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; © Michael Heizer; © Georg Baselitz, 2021; © Pier Paolo Calzolari. Photo: Thomas Lannes
FIAC Online 2021
March 2–12, 2021
Gagosian is pleased to present Printemps oublié for the first online edition of FIAC. This curated presentation reflects the dual character of springtime as a reminder of past trials and the harbinger of a vibrant new season to come.
All the artworks will appear on the Gagosian website and a rotating selection will appear in the inaugural FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, from March 4 to 7.
Jeff Koons, Bluebird Planter, 2010–16 © Jeff Koons
Into the Trees
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6pm
Setsuko will lead a tour of her exhibition Into the Trees at Gagosian, Paris, with gallery director Jean-Olivier Després. The artist will discuss what led her to ceramics and the infinite malleability and expressiveness of clay, as well as the imagery in her paintings. To attend the free event, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
Installation view, Setsuko: Into the Trees, Gagosian, Paris, April 11–June 1, 2019. Artwork © Setsuko. Photo: Thomas Lannes
Regards de Setsuko
Through November 15, 2021
Musée national des châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau, Rueil-Malmaison, France
This exhibition, whose title translates to Regards from Setsuko, is designed as a dialogue between Setsuko’s works and the decorative ceramics held in the Musée national des châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau, the former residence of Empress Joséphine. Joséphine is known to have loved nature and botany, two themes that are plentifully evident in Setsuko’s work.
Setsuko, L’Arbre Joséphine, 2021 © Setsuko
A Labour of Love
July 1–October 17, 2021
Tarmak22, Gstaad Saanen Airport, Switzerland
Découpage presents more than 150 cut-paper works made in the nineteenth and twentieth century by Swiss masters. Tracing the origins and development of the paper cutout, the exhibition honors the craft’s history and its Swiss heritage while creating a dialogue with a selection of contemporary artworks brought to Gstaad by collaborators including Gagosian. Work by Balthus, Richard Prince, and Setsuko is included.
Balthus, Paysage de Monte Calvello, 1978 © Balthus