This You

Tino Sehgal

Exterior view of the Japanese Garden of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
Tino Sehgal

In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Kyoto Experiment to present This You, by Tino Sehgal.


A singular creation born from a site-specific act

Kyoto Experiment and Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels co-presents a project by world-renowned artist Tino Sehgal. This You (created in 2006) will be presented for the first time in Japan. In addition to this live work, a video-dance projection and a symposium will explore the origins and legacy of postmodern dance.

Rather than taking the form of objects, such as paintings or sculptures, Sehgal’s work involves instructing participants who reenact them for visitors to create an experience. Sehgal’s work are not documented by photographs or videos, and thus can only be experienced in person.

This You takes place in the Japanese garden of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art. A singer interacts one-on-one with the visitors, creating an ephemeral and memorable experience while translating what others see in a candid and intimate way.

Photo: © Koroda Takeru

About the artist

Portrait of Tino Sehgal

Tino Sehgal

Born in 1976 in London and currently based in Berlin, Sehgal creates installations known as “constructed situations”. He studied political economy in Berlin and pursued dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. Sehgal is known for artworks composed exclusively using the human body, voice, and social interaction. His artistic practice focuses on the fleeting gestures and subtleties of social encounters, with participation and open exchange as the subjects of value, rather than material objects. He has had solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2010), Tate Modern (London, 2012), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2015), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2016), Odawara Art Foundation (2019) and Blenheim Park & Gardens (Oxford, 2021) among others.

Photo: © Ornella De Carlo, Courtesy MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna