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Visual artist and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama created Nocturne in the aftermath of the tsunami on March 11, 2011 to confront the disaster and re-emerge from it. The installation consists of two ‘dead’ pianos, full of mud, which originate from the tsunami area. Inspired by the women in the disaster area who started to wear their make-up again after a few weeks, Mukaiyama has applied lipstick pigments to one of the pianos, as a metaphor of new hope, of daily life slowly being picked up again.
During the opening event on June 2nd at 6.30 pm Mukaiyama performs a tapestry of Chopin’s Nocturnes mixed with other more contemporary compositions and video.