Inner Voices

2011.7.30 (Sat.) - 2011.11.6 (Sun.)

How does everyone acknowledge their identities that are gradually established in the process of finding out their whereabouts in the world? Among artists of contemporary art who are dealing with various
ways of expression while facing contemporary times, women artists indicate explicitly how keen they are on searching for their potential directions while shrugging off restrictions. It is because, when they try to escape from existing values and the old paradigm of reality to create another reality for themselves, it is essential for women to acquire freedom of self-decision---to be free of authority and commonly accepted ideas. Focusing on women artists who were born after the 1960s and rode on the waves of globalization along with the economic growth, this exhibition lends an ear to the Inner Voices of them who see both sides of life---difficulties and possibilities. In order to surmount barriers such as widely accepted images and values of “femininity,” misconceptions and lack of understanding that occur due to differences, they have chosen neither resistance nor confrontation. We are expecting that their works show us the ways they are working will reveal how universally important it is to be free in the expression of art, which is not limited to women only.

*Shilpa Gupta, I Keep Falling At You will be displayed from September 10.

art-ZINE: Booklet - type Art Communication

2011.6.11 (Sat.) - 2011.9.25 (Sun.)

This exhibition applies the term “art-ZINE”to ZINEs published as a form of art and examines them as a new stage for creative expression. Unlike individually produced artworks, ZINEs are usually published in plural numbers. They are also distinct from the “art book.” As a medium that directly connects the publisher and readers through a personal distribution route, without going through the established book distribution system, the art-ZINE enables new approaches to communication. From this, new possibilities for art expression are also expected to come.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, ZINEs gathered through public appeal will be displayed on shelves in the venue. Our aim is to put them out for everyone to look at, as we contemplate together the art-ZINE and its appeal.

Jeppe Hein 360°

2011.4.29 (Fri.) - 2011.8.31 (Wed.)

“360°” is the young Danish artist Jeppe Hein’s first solo exhibition at a Japanese art museum. Staged in seven galleries and in corridors, the exhibition offers ten works, including humorous installation works exploring the viewer’s relationship with art. The title, “360°,” while reflecting the Museum’s round design open in all directions, expresses Hein’s wish to draw viewers into involvement, and his desire to awaken new perceptions of spaces by means of artworks in motion using water,
mirrors and light. “360°” will be an interactive exhibition offering playful encounters with spaces.

Peter McDonald: Visitor

2011.4.16 (Sat.) - 2012.3.20 (Tue.)

With this edition, the Kanazawa Youth Dream Challenge Art Programme (*1) breaks new ground by setting its sights on an overseas artist. The Program invites the young, internationally recognized, UK-based artist Peter McDonald to develop an art project for the first time in Japan, marking the first international edition of the Program. Through the “act of painting,” McDonald, at the core of the project, rubs shoulders with others, lightly traversing the boundary between genres, genders, countries and the everyday and the extraordinary. As young people (*2) participate in the work, they experience the diversity of and possibilities for communication. Beginning with a painting exhibition and the production of a wall installation at the museum, various extemporaneous programs will be held using the exhibition space as a stage. As McDonald interacts with the city and the people of Kanazawa, his painted world will permeate the city, establishing pliable onnections between one person and another, and between people and places through the fundamental language of expression we know as painting.

Launched in 2007 adopting the methodology of the Zon Moderna outreach program at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa's unique program takes the form of a long-term project-based exhibition involving an artist-in-residence, work-in-progress and workshops. Targeted mainly at young people 18-39 years of age, participants in the Programme work together to rediscover and to grow their view of themselves and of the world. Based on the results of the past four stagings of the Programme, 2011 marks its further development as a case-study compilation of the Museum's key concept of “museum as mediator”.

Wall painting members (active April 20–June 5): 9
Project members (active June 5–end of March, 2012): 12


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