“A trip that crossed the mountains and invites us to Japan by KANKITSUZAN x Hiroshi Sugimoto”
Hiroshi Sugimoto, the fourth invited artist for Le Grand Tour, is a contemporary artist living in New York and Tokyo. KANKITSUZAN is a fertile land on the hillside facing the bay of Sagami in Odawara City. As the name suggests, citrus fields spread out on the hill, and it is also the name of the agricultural foundation that Sugimoto established in 2011. The view from KANKITSUZAN became the source of this artist’s edition. Sugimoto says, "This scene was the first memory of my childhood when I first encountered the sea, which later led me to the photographic series, Seascapes. The Enoura Observatory, located in KANKITSUZAN, is a facility that I have spent 20 years planning and designing, and I would like to use this as a way to convey the quintessence of Japanese culture to a wider audience.” For the Le Grand Tour, Hiroshi Sugimoto created Fragrance of Infinity, the bottle for which was inspired by the Mathematical Model installed in the bamboo grove of KANKITSUZAN. The room fragrance poured into the bottle is specially crafted by Diptyque. This fragrance reproduces the air and scent in the hills of KANKITSUZAN, where the relationship between humans and plants that has endured since the birth of human beings is reaffirmed. Backed by poetic expression and meticulous craftsmanship, the Artist Edition symbolizes the wonderful harmony of art and nature that Diptyque has cherished.
KANKITSUZAN is the name of a hilly area on the cape facing Sagami Bay in Odawara City. KANKITSUZAN is also the name of an agricultural foundation in this area. Hiroshi Sugimoto, a contemporary artist who named this hilly area "KANKITSUZAN", created the Enoura Observatory in 2017 in an effort to convey the quintessence of the Japanese culture to a wider audience. He has also been trying to revitalize the adjoining abandoned farmlands by utilizing the power of nature to produce agrochemical-free products.
Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography. A multi-disciplinary artist, Sugimoto works in photography, sculpture, installation, performing arts, architecture, gardening, and gastronomy. Sugimoto’s artworks have been exhibited around the world and are in numerous public collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Sugimoto was the recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001. He was awarded the 21st Praemium Imperiale in 2009, given the Medal with Purple Ribbon by the Japanese government in 2010, and conferred the Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government in 2013. He was also honored as a Person of Cultural Merit by the Japanese government in 2017.