Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller

2017.11.25 (Sat.) - 2018.3.11 (Sun.)

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller—first large-scale solo exhibition in Asia
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s works display a command of sophisticated sound and video technology, and striking sculptural creations. The viewer undergoes a complex perceptual experience of “hearing and seeing” and enters their imaginative world in a spell of enchantment. When experiencing a Cardiff and Bures Miller work, unseen things become visible, soundless things are heard, and we suddenly step beyond reality into their story with our senses and values in disarray. The pair has previously exhibited works in Japan, including The 40 Part Motet at Maison Hermes, and participated in such art festivals as the Yokohama Triennale, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, and Setouchi International Art Festival. Cardiff and Bures Miller’s exhibition this time features such recent large-scale works as The Carnie (2010), The Marionette Maker (2014), and Conversation with Antonello (2015) along with new works and eight installations being shown in Japan for the first time. Installed in the spatially autonomous galleries of this museum, the pieces will tell their stories in synchronicity. A precious opportunity to experience the work of a groundbreaking international artist team.

Local textile 1

TO & FRO Thinner, Lighter

2017.11.18 (Sat.) - 2018.4.8 (Sun.)

Ishikawa prefecture, while a center for traditional textile production, also produces 40% of Japan’s nylon. Higher functionality is now being demanded of the domestic textile industry, which faces competition from inexpensive overseas products. The Kaji Group, an Ishikawa prefecture textile company, has used fine thread to create an unusually light and thin fabric, which it is providing to outdoor brands. This exhibition examines “TO & FRO,” a travel product giving play to the fabric’s features.

photo courtesy : Kaji Group co. ltd

TARO IZUMI A Child Suddenly

2017.10.7 (Sat.) - 2018.3.25 (Sun.)

Izumi Taro (1976 -) uses everyday matters and limited conditions to complexly reshape common perceptions. He gives visual form, in artworks, to absurd experiences lurking in everyday life. For this exhibition, Izumi will assemble a team (the “Very New Team”—an unstable entity which may or may not exist) and display artworks filled simultaneously with chaos and humor.

150th Year Anniversary of Japan - Denmark Diplomatic Relations Exhibition

Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

Denmark and Japan have become design-oriented nations, each following a path that springs f rom a unique background of history and culture. The countries’ excellent design solutions, inspired by a functional, practical, yet aesthetic approach, are reflections of their cultural identities.
Denmark has attracted tremendous attention as one of the most resilient design giants in the fields of architecture, furniture and everyday products
since the 1930s. The country established a model for wealthy nations with a highly developed social system with regard to welfare, education and traffic solutions. Japan, on the other hand, is a country which has developed the symbolic design of the time, based on its unique culture and philosophy. The technical expertise required to produce simple and compact shapes and the knowledge and experience to make the most of the material, with a craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation, demonstrate Japan’ s unique position in the global design arena.
This exhibition, Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness, showcases the impact of design-minded awareness through the works of designers, architects and artists
from Japan and Denmark. It also presents and highlights everyday items that are part of modern life in both countries.

Jurgen Lehl The End of Civilization

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

Designer Jurgen Lehl (1944-2014) lived at one with nature and continually reminded people of its preciousness. As his “last work” in life, he chose to engage with serious environmental problems, and he created beautiful lighting implements from plastic garbage washing up on beaches. In this way, the harmful plastic which cannot return to the soil instead illuminates spaces and once again serves people usefully. Along with Jurgen Lehl’s lighting implements, the exhibition also displays the “babaghuri” agates that Lehl long hunted and collected, fascinated by each stone’s unique beauty. “The End of Civilization” is a symbolic exhibition, imparting the message of respect for nature Jurgen Lehl left to us when he died suddenly in 2014.

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Sight

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

A project to develop “Sight,” a device that extends sensual perception, thereby transforming visual experience into something entirely new. (Project members: WAKE Naoki, SUZUKI Ryohei, FUSHIMI Ryohei and MUNAKATA Yuri.) By changing visual imagery into sound, the device enables us to “hear” the visual world just as porpoises and bats use sound to capture prey. We look at the project’s progress and open the venue as an ongoing research lab.

Collection Exhibition 2 Undying Life

2017.7.22 (Sat.) - 2018.1.8 (Mon.)

Today, with the development scientific technologies such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology, long-standing social values are being vigorously shaken. This exhibition displays works concerned with the “migration” of life forms, ranging in spectrum from the transmigration of souls to the artificial creation of new species. We explore the meaning of creating new life forms and possibilities of living in “artificial nature.”

TSUBAKI Noboru Aesthetic Pollution
1990
© TSUBAKI Nabber
Installation view, Collection Exhibition “Invisible Reality” (2010-11)
Wall drawings: KIMURA Yuki, TATEGAMI Kotaro

EVENT

Eiga no gokui (Art of Film) vol. 18

2017.11.17 (Fri.) - 2017.11.19 (Sun.)

Eiga no gokui this time looks at film in contemporary art. In connection with the Collection 2 exhibition, precious films related to the museum’s collected artists will be screened, including the “CREMASTER” series by the world-renowned Matthew Barney.

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Phone: +81-76-220-2811 / Public Affairs Section

Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 3, 2002
© Matthew Barney
Courtesy: Barbara Gladstone

Kanazawa Fringe 2017

2017.11.2 (Thu.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

“Kanazawa Fringe” is a plurality of in-residence art projects by artists and creators from Japan and abroad who are creating new artworks in the context of their discoveries in Kanazawa. Spilling from the museum out into the city, they develop their projects in a circulatory spiral—first, “meeting” Kanazawa’s districts, people and issues from an art perspective, then making “proposal” of new approaches, initiating creative “action,” and inducing gentle “change.” The goal of all this, over the long term, will be to make Kanazawa a hub of creative activity. Projects are implemented in two-year cycles. On the basis of research conducted last year by project directors, in-residence production of new works will be publically shown in November 2017.

Participating creators:
Brian LOBEL (performer, director)
Sokerissa! (dance)
INADA Shunsuke (chef)
other

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Theater 21 and sites in Kanazawa

INADA Shunsuke, "KANAZAWA Mousou Restaurant TEI-EN" 2016
Photo: UEDA Yoko