Real Utopia - Stories of the Unlimited

2006.11.23 (Thu.) - 2007.3.21 (Wed.)

"Real Utopia - Stories of the Unlimited" is an exhibition which perceive patterns of human's perception of the world and the world itself as mixture of axis of multiple times and spaces, and it explores such images through artworks by Lee Bul, Yayoi Kusama, Sayako Kishimoto, and Taiyo Kimura. Lee's cyborg or monster images revolve around human's relation to the nature and the boarder of the reality and human's creations over times. Live and death, self and the world, Kusama explores such relations through endless creation of artworks. Kishimoto, through her performance and painting, pursued the significance of the individual existence and art expression in society by her own theory of social criticism. Artworks of Kimura's, which delineate unique humors and sarcasm, show particular ways of perception of the reality. These artworks show diversity of human's perception of the reality and its complicate relations to the collective and society, and indicate landscapes of human's quest for the existence in their own roots, their utopian places, living at the present moment. These pursuit, in other words, are to consider how they place themselves at the present, traveling around various time-space.

Hatarake Hatarake ( Work Work ), 2005
Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Yoshitomo Nara: Moonlight Serenade

2006.9.30 (Sat.) - 2007.3.21 (Wed.)

Yoshitomo Nara: Moonlight Serenade overviews the whole process of Nara's creativity and perception of the world. It introduces the new projects such as; the new installation Voyage of the Moon in close collaboration with a creative unit graf; the extra large staffed animal production project “Pup Up the Dog”; and “Pup Patrol” that schoolchildren in dog costumes designed by Nara make explorations of the museum. Furthermore, in “Studio Cafe yngm:k”, graf creates “hut”-like wooden space, where they run a cafe. The next to the cafe becomes the studio for Nara's residency-production. Through theses devices as platforms, this exhibition creates the poetic space-time, bringing variety of artistic activities such as music and performances along with exhibiting new sculpture and paintings.

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NARA Yoshitomo + graf
Voyage of the Moon (Resting Moon) / Voyage of the Moon, 2006
Collection: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
© NARA Yoshitomo + graf
Photo: NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners

artificial heart: Kazuo Kawasaki

2006.9.16 (Sat.) - 2006.11.12 (Sun.)

From scrub brushes, eyeglasses, interior design, wheelchairs, computers, and robots to a household nuclear power generation device and an artificial heart—the works of KAWASAKI Kazuo run the gamut. This is a large-scale solo exhibition devoted to Kawasaki, a designer who is ever pursuing new horizons. The exhibition’s keywords—“life, feeling, form.” Active at the cutting edge of technology, Kawasaki claims that “in the 21st century, design will change Japan and save the world.” He also insists on the value of “designing by hand.” His creations will be presented in hands-on displays utilizing video and music. Above all, do not miss PLATON’S ORGEL, an installation of twelve objects featuring fragments of Beatles tunes.


Collection II

2006.9.1 (Fri.) - 2007.4.12 (Thu.)

Artworks from the Museum collection are introduced. Particularly, works that respond to the change or conversion in the social value system elaboratingvarious perspectives are exhibited. This examines intricate relationshipsbetween human expressions and the society.

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eft: Tony CRAGG, One Way or Another, 2001
right: Tony CRAGG, My Own, 2001

From the Collection of S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent

We Humans are Free:

2006.4.29 (Sat.) - 2006.8.31 (Thu.)

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the cities of Kanazawa and Ghent, we introduce about 70 works by 11 artists selected from the collection of S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent.
Up to the present day from the beginning of the 20th century, the theme “art & life” has always been important in art. It will be safe to say that since the foundation in 1975, S.M.A.K. has been one of the museums playing an active part in pursuing this theme most earnestly. Three artists, Beuys, Broodthaers, and Panamarenko, who the Museum itself calls “Big Triangle”, approved all human potentialities, criticized the “art” system with narrow views, and tried to broaden the concept of “art” to the extent of “life.” This attitude has been passed on through the artists’ activities and works which characterize today’s S.M.A.K.-Barrio, Weinberger, and others. Sharing the attitude of S.M.A.K., we at this museum in Kanazawa are pleased to introduce their activities in this exhibition.

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Artur Barrio
Interminável, 2005
Photo:Dirk Pauwels
Courtesy S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent

Collection I

2006.3.21 (Tue.) - 2006.8.20 (Sun.)

Artworks from the Museum collection are introduced. Particularly, works that respond to the change or conversion in the social value system elaboratingvarious perspectives are exhibited. This examines intricate relationshipsbetween human expressions and the society.

Alternative Paradise

2005.11.5 (Sat.) - 2006.3.5 (Sun.)

Alternative Paradise is a thematic exhibition featuring new expressions, in an attempt to redefine a value notion of “Kogei” – a genre that has been considered somewhat peripheral from the perspective of the 20th century western modernism – by looking at their artistic attributes. The exhibition is comprised of two sections; an artistic space by eleven Japanese and international artists, all known for their specific mode of expression and the materials they use, and T-ROOM, a collaborative effort of KUMA Kengo (direction), IWAI Toshio, HARA Kenya, and FUKASAWA Naoto, where a tea-ceremony room is reinterpreted in a contemporary sense. All expressions here take a certain stance that capitalizes on “nature” as well as “other,” which was in a variety of ways believed to discover in another type of utopia – alternative paradise – different from the one that western modernism, dominant in the 20th century looked to. The idea is developed so as to use the gallery spaces almost to the full extent.

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AT HOME dot, 2004 / HOMELIKE II, 2005
Photo: SAIKI Taku


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