Pierre Hermé x Nicolas Buffe

A story of the kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon


·: Nicolas Buffe :· - main

A distinctive collaboration about courtship

Follow the adventures of two imaginary characters, Hélios and Roxane from the Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon as it unfolds. A saga inspired by fairy tales, baroque and pop culture. This story will be an opportunity to engage a dialog between the worlds of Pierre Hermé and Nicolas Buffe throughout 2016.


三越伊勢丹 ジャパンセンスィズ 新説七福神めぐり むっつりダルマを笑わせろ!

Mitsukoshi Isetan, Japan Senses

January 2 - 12th, 2016

·: Nicolas Buffe :· - main_visual

「三越伊勢丹 ジャパンセンスィズ 新説七福神めぐり むっつりダルマを笑わせろ!」 
日本橋三越本店 本館・新館 

「伊勢丹 新説七福神めぐり シチフクジン×ダルマと遊ぼう!」 
伊勢丹新宿店本館6階 催物場 

Mozart : Il Re Pastore

The Shepherd King, Opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, January 22 to February 1, 2015

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Photos: Marie-Noëlle Robert, Théâtre du Châtelet

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January 2015

Opéra in two acts

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Italian libretto by Metastasio
First performed on April 23, 1775 in Salzburg, at the Palace of the Archbishop Count Hieronymus von Colloredo

Orchestra conducted by: Jean Christophe Spinosi
Direction : Olivier Fredj and Nicolas Buffe
Visual direction / stage design : Nicolas Buffe
dress design : Nicolas Buffe
Dramaturgy : Benoit Chantre
Video: Robert Nortik
Sound conception: Antoine Souchav’
Lights: Renaud Corler

New production of the Théâtre du Châtelet

The characters / cast :
Alessandro : Rainer Trost
Aminta : Soraya Mafi
Elisa : Raquel Camarinha
Tamiri : Marie Sophie Pollak
Agenore : Krystian Adam

Ensemble Matheus
Chef de chant, assistant du chef d’orchestre et continuo: Felice Venanzoni

For further information : http://chatelet-theatre.com/fr/event/il-re-pastore

Alexandre (Rainer Trost) - Théâtre du Châtelet (c)Marie-Noëlle Robert
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Hermès : carré, maxi twilly “Serio Ludere”

Autumn Winter 2014 collection

Photos taken at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

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The Red Shoes

Dance New Air 2014 program

Aoyama Round Theatre, Tokyo, September 12th to 15th 2014

Performance dates: 9.12 fri 19:00 / 9.13 sat 13:00 & 18:00
9.14 sun 18:00 / 9.15 mon 13:00 & 18:00
Place: Aoyama Round Theatre
Direciton and Performance: Shuji Onodera
Performers: Hairi Katagiri, Sophie Brech, Momoko Fujita
Set Design: Nicolas Buffe

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Comme des Garçons SHIRT 2014 AW

Collaboration, drawings for prints Autumn Winter 2014 collection

On the occasion of this collaboration, I designed a series of installations for Comme des Garçons, starting with the Aoyama flagship store on September 6th.

A special edition of t-shirts featuring “The Dream of Polifilo” my previous exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art during Spring 2014, is also edited.



Comme des Garçons Shirt Automne Hiver 2014:15, Paris Fashiopn Week

Comme des Garçons Shirt Automne Hiver 2014/15, Paris Fashiopn Week
Video by Premices Films

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Hold the Mirror up to nature

Tokyo, Ginza, October 16th - November 9th 2014

Group exhibition organized by Toshio Shimizu Art Office.
Address: Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Ginza 4 -3-6, Nagoya Shoko Kaikan building,

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Nicolas Buffe, The Dream of Polifilo

July 5 (Saturday) — July 27 (Sunday), 2014

Mitsubishi Jisho ARTIUM, Fukuoka

Following the Hara Museum exhibition during Spring 2014, The Dream of Polifilo will be held at Mitsubishi Jisho Artium in Fukuoka until the end of July. Most of the works presented at the Hara Museum are part of this new solo show.


Mitsubishi Jisho ARTIUM
〒810-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Tenjin, 1 Chome−7−11, イムズ 8F
TEL. +81 92-733-2050 (10:00 – 20:00

Organized by: Mitsubishi Jisho, Mitsubishi Jisho Artium, The Nishinippon Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Supported by: Embassy of France/Institut français du Japon, Institut français Paris, Centre national du cinéma et de l′image animée – DICRéAM, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques
Corporation provided by: 
City of Fukuoka, Fukuoka City Board of Education, Fukuoka City Fundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion
Corporation provided by: 

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Nicolas Buffe, The Dream of Polifilo

April 19 (Saturday) — June 29 (Sunday), 2014

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

The Hara Museum is proud to present the first solo exhibition at a museum by the rising French artist Nicolas Buffe. Born in Paris and currently based in Tokyo, Buffe creates art that is grand and yet lighthearted, whose influences range from Renaissance grotesques and Baroque ornament to American and Japanese sub-cultures such as manga, anime and video games. His fusion of Eastern and Western traditions both classical and modern has been garnering attention not only within art circles, but also in areas as diverse as opera and fashion. This exhibition pays homage to the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili1, a book published in Venice in 1499. During his first encounter with the book, Buffe was struck by the structural similarity between the story of Polifilo and the initiation quests that he experienced in video games such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros and Final Fantasy. Like the book, this exhibition comprises an allegorical dream in which the hero (the visitor) must make it through several stages of an adventure during which he encounters magical objects and images, makes discoveries, plays games and even engages in interactive play through the magic of Augmented Reality (AR)2. Buffe plays on the architectural characteristics of the museum to transform all of its spaces into a wonderland.

Notes1. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: Translated into English as Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream, this book is the story of Poliphilo who pursues his true love Polia through a dreamlike landscape. The title Hypnerotomachia comes from the Greek hýpnos for ′′dream,′′ éros for ′′love,′′ and máchē for ′′battle.′′ 2. AR: Augmented Reality. An enhanced version of reality produced by the overlaying of digital information onto image data from a camera.

P05 1080p - ポリアを助けようと中に入ったポリフィーロは、恐ろしい怪物たちと戦いました
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Nicolas Buffe became an overnight sensation as the innovative art director for the opera Orlando Paladino staged at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 2012. Born in Paris and now based in Tokyo, Buffe creates an that is grand and yet lighthearted with a style that fuses together Japanese and American sub-cultures with classical European aesthetics. For Buffe, love and aspiration, struggle and victory, life and death are universal themes, whether in classical European art or Japanese role-playing video games. They lie at the heart of the present exhibition and the adventures that face the young hero Polifilo within a museum transformed by Buffe‘s rich imagination and Augmented Reality technology into a labyrinth of murals and installations.

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Exhibition Details

Title: Nicolas Buffe, The Dream of Polifilo
Dates: April 19 (Saturday) – June 29 (Sunday), 2014
Venue: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art 4-7-25 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0001
Tel: 03-3445-0651 E-mail: info@haramuseum.or.jp
Website: http://www.haramuseum.or.jp
Mobile site: http://mobile.haramuseum.or.jp
Twitter: http://twitter.com/haramuseum (in Japanese only / account name: @haramuseum)
Organized by: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Supported by: Embassy of France/Institut français du Japon, Institut français Paris, Centre national du cinéma et de l′image animée – DICRéAM, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Fondation Franco-Japonaise Sasakawa

Special sponsorship by: Hermès Japon Co., Ltd.

Sponsored by: Societe Generale, Vranken Pommery Japan
Corporation provided by: YAMAMOTO GENDAI
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays until 8:00 pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (open on May 5), May 7
Admission: General 1,100 yen; Students 700 yen (high school and university) or 500 yen (elementary and junior high); Free for Hara Museum members, students through high school every Saturday during the school term; 100 yen discount per person for groups of 20 or more
* The admission fee has been revised to reflect the rise in consumption tax effective April 1, 2014.
Directions: 5 minutes by taxi or 15 minutes on foot from JR Shinagawa Station (Takanawa exit); or from the same station take the No.96 bus, get off at the first stop (Gotenyama), and walk 3 minutes

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Polia’s Nightmare

May 31st ~ June 28th 2014 / Opening reception:May 31st [6 to 8pm]


YAMAMOTO GENDAI is pleased to present “Polia’s Nightmare”, a solo exhibition by Nicolas BUFFE, from 31st May through 28th June 2014.An emerging artist based in Tokyo, Nicolas Buffe was born in Paris in 1978 and grew up in much influence of subcultures and pop cultures from Japan and the United States. The artist first became interested in Japan through a 1980s’ TV superhero “Space Sheriff Gavan”, and eventually moved to Tokyo in 2007. Buffe has been recognized for his fusion of contemporary cultures, which influenced him since childhood, and cultures of European tradition in his cultural background. His recent presentations include an oversized wall drawing installation in “Roof Gardens” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo) in 2008, as well as the entrance gate at “No Man’s Land” a group exhibition of French and Japanese artists in the former French Embassy building before its demolition, making reference to Arch de Triomphe in Paris and temples and shrines in Japan with ornamental elements borrowed from Japanese characters to bridge the cultures of France and Japan. One may also recall his window display at Maison Hermès in Ginza in 2010. In March 2012 Buffe directed stage and costume design for Haydn’s opera “Orland Paladino” (théâtre du Châtelet, Paris) and won the Best Scenic Design of the year from French Critics Association. Thereafter he continued his active participation in a number of collaborative projects outside the field of fine art. In February 2014, COMME des GARÇONS SHIRT presented Autumn/Winter 2014-15 collection using illustrations by the artist.Buffe’s first solo museum exhibition “Nicolas Buffe: The Dream of Polifilo” is currently on view at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Paying homage to the 15th century European literature “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, the artist occupies the entire museum with a series of installation to narrate an adventure of the main character Polifilo in the quest of his dream and love.”Polia’s Nightmare” at YAMAMOTO GENDAI is planned after the second book of the Renaissance masterpiece, in which Poliphilo’s lover Polia relates Poliphilo’s romantic quest from her perspective. Nesting the content of the first book, the book is about a dream (a sort of nightmare) within a dream.
This exhibition features a new lithograph created in collaboration with IDEM Paris, as well as a piece influenced by Space Sheriff Gavan, wall drawings and three-dimensional artworks. This unique attempt and artwork to integrate appropriations from contemporary pop cultures actual to the artist and a classic of European literature will allow the artist to freely transcends ages, generations and the border between East and West.”Polia’s Nightmare” is a sequel to “The Dream of Polifilo” at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, and both exhibitions are to complement each other while different in their contents. In addition, another ongoing exhibition by the artist “Carne de Polifilo” at Institut français Tokyo exhibits concept sketches for “The Dream of Polifilo”. We hope you enjoy this wonderful occasion to understand Buffe’s creation through all three exhibitions.YAMAMOTO GENDAI”Poliphilo’s Strife of Love in a Dream” (Hypnerotomachia Poliphili ) consists of two books with different tones. The first book is dedicated to the quest in dream of Poliphilo seeking the love of his beloved Polia. It features many architectural descriptions. The second book, made with several stories nested inside each other, like layers of dreams, recounts the love stories of Poliphilo and Polia. Polia tells Poliphilo her adventures and also shared some nightmares she saw. The reader of the Hypnerotomachia will realize in the end that the second book is a dream in the dream of the first book. Poliphilo wakes up while Polia vanishes.

This first solo exhibition at YAMAMOTO GENDAI, as a kind of play on words, refers to “The Dream of Polifilo” my current exhibition at the Hara Museum. Thus it will be an opportunity to explore an extra layer of dream.Nicolas Buffe


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Les carnets de Polifilo

Institut français du Japon - Tokyo, April 24 – June 1 2014

Presentation of some of Nicolas Buffe’s preparatory sketches used for “The Dream of Polifilo” exhibition at the Hara Museum

Free Access

Institut français du Japon – Tokyo : 03-5206-2500

Institut français du Japon – Tokyo, galerie
〒 162-8415
15 Ichigaya-funagawara-machi, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo

For further informations: http://www.institutfrancais.jp/tokyo/fr/events-manager/carnets-de-polifilo