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.

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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

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KAWAGOE Yurie Insect Specimen of a Coward

2017.5.27 (Sat.) - 2017.9.24 (Sun.)

“What if human emotions were expressed as insects?” Compelled by this thought, KAWAGOE Yurie (1987-) embodies the heart’s sentiments in imaginary insect figures and evokes a world of illusion. Her “insectified” (not “personified”) motifs she moreover arrays as insect specimens, thereby giving faces to our foolish, loveable emotions. Through her signature piece, “Insect Specimen of a Coward” and latest works, this exhibition will present Kawagoe Yurie’s world and the insect-like emotions she describes as “adorable.”

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Collection 1 PLAY / AWAZU Kiyoshi, Makurihirogeru (EXPOSE) 4Makurihirogeru 4

2017.4.29 (Sat.) - 2017.7.23 (Sun.)

The meaning of PLAY is not limited to ‘activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation.’ It is also a word that expresses active and aggressive acts in our daily life including ‘acting, performing, having a game, behaving and conducting oneself.’ Viewed in that light, our daily life is a succession of PLAY, which might be said to construct one’s personal life and in a broader sense, the culture of human beings.
In this exhibition, works by 12 collection artists are introduced focusing on the keyword of PLAY with manifold meanings. They show diverse expansion from works which encourage new discoveries and ideas through viewers’ experiences, to works in which the accumulation of artists’ daily acts and thinking as well as performance and competition are incorporated. We would like to think about how PLAY that is an essential function of humankind appears in the works and what kind of relationship viewers and artworks can develop through the exhibition. We hope that this exhibition itself will inspire viewers to get involved in various PLAYs.
Featured also is a small special exhibit of AWAZU Kiyoshi photographic works.

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OTON GLASS

2017.4.8 (Sat.) - 2017.7.23 (Sun.)

The development of the OTON GLASS was occasioned by the project leader’s father’s dyslexia. A device combining glasses with a camera, the OTON GLASS helps people read by changing visual written information into aural voice information. This exhibition follows the development of the OTON GLASS as an aid not only for dyslexia sufferers but also for people in many circumstances where reading characters is difficult, such as travelers walking in cities overseas. In the venue, a space will be established for wearing an OTON GLASS prototype and actually experiencing its functions, so as to make clear the developers’ methods of research toward achieving practical use. Visitors are invited to see the “research site” of a young start-up that is fusing existing technologies to develop a revolutionary new device.

IKEDA Manabu: The Pen ーCondensed Universeー

2017.4.8 (Sat.) - 2017.7.9 (Sun.)

Artist IKEDA Manabu (1973–) depicts a monumental world using a super-fine pen point. Working slowly—he can complete only a fist-sized area in a single day— Ikeda manifests a surreal alien world, employing minute delineation and a flair for grand composition. His massive pictures have won him acclaim around the globe. This will be the first large-scale exhibition presenting the entire scope of Ikeda’s production. His Rebirth, a new work he spent three years creating during an artist residency at Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin USA, is a must see.

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TAKEDA Yusuke

2017.1.21 (Sat.) - 2017.5.7 (Sun.)

TAKEDA Yusuke (born Hiroshima, 1985) majored in painting at Kanazawa College of Art and in 2014 earned his doctorate at the College’s graduate school. Takeda currently lives and works in Kanazawa, creating installations that combine varying media including painting, photography, video, and sound. Since October last year, he has undertaken production on a daily basis at this museum, using the Project Room as his studio, and this exhibition presents his latest works emerging from in-residency production. Creations employing such media as painting, video, drawing, and statues are installed as independent works in the gallery space, yet meanwhile, they take “image depth / image humidity” as a basso continuo and appear before us as things indefinite or else unclear, overlapping at their deep layers, segmenting, shifting, and changing content. Such works and their correlation evoke coordinate axes containing images of “visible and invisible” and “reality and fiction,” and jolt our perceptions.

THOMAS RUFF

2016.12.10 (Sat.) - 2017.3.12 (Sun.)

Thomas Ruff (born in 1958 in Zell am Harmersbach, Germany) has been a leading figure in contemporary photography since the 1990s when he emerged as part of the Becher School. Along with Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, Ruff studied photography with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.
The exhibition introduces a wide range of works by this world-renowned photographer, stretching from his earliest efforts to his most recent and never-before-shown photographs. Ruff was first acclaimed for a series of huge two-meter-high portraits. Since then, he has explored a variety of themes, including architecture, urban landscapes, nudes, and celestial bodies. Through these subjects, he has developed a unique vision of the world we live in.
The medium of photography, closely entwined with our vision and perception, is another important theme in Ruff’s work. He searches for new possibilities in photographic expression using a multitude of images as his materials. These not only include Ruff’s own pictures but everything from digital images from the Internet to old photographs he has collected.
This exhibition consists of a total of 18 series, approximately 160 works, including Ruff’s first effort Interieurs; Porträts, which earned him widespread acclaim; cassini and ma.r.s., inspired by his boyhood interest in outer space; and nude and jpeg, which examine visual and information spaces in the age of the Internet, and his most recent photographs, press ++.

The Boundary between Kogei and Design

2016.10.8 (Sat.) - 2017.3.20 (Mon.)

Kogei or Design?
Kogei (craft) and design are divided in two distinct categories regardless of that fact that both are monozukuri (the making of things) and, in this sense, the same. We need not look close, however, to see works/products describable as “design-like Kogei” and “Kogei-like design” in the interval between them.
This exhibition will show clearly the ambiguous boundary between Kogei and design by seeing them freshly from the perspectives “Process and Material,” “Hand and Machine,” “Form,” and “Sabi (Change over the Years).” While so doing, it will also consider possibilities on the horizon for Kogei and design, both of which are diversifying with the development of advanced technology.

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KASHIKI Tomoko ~Daydream~

2016.9.17 (Sat.) - 2017.1.9 (Mon.)

A series introducing rising young artists in a solo exhibition format."Aperto" is Italian for "open."

Arm Piano 2015 (detail)

SUPERFLEX One Year Project ― THE LIQUID STATE

2016.4.29 (Fri.) - 2017.3.12 (Sun.)

SUPERFLEX is an artists’ group based in Copenhagen, Denmark composed of Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger, and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. While referencing existing social systems and frameworks, SUPERFLEX engages the community and constructs proposals for new kinds of public space. This time, the artists will view 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as a petri dish and undertake a one year project of elucidating the museum’s relationship with its community, using three keywords—“cultivation,” “fermentation,” and “tramsformation.”

EVENT

International Symposium:

Thinking about the Conservation and Restoration of “Mixed Media”

2017.12.16 (Sat.)

The development of industry since the beginning of the twentieth century has flooded society with a multitude of products that involve the composite use of a variety of materials. Like these products that surround us, and perhaps sometimes to an even greater degree, works of contemporary art may be said to be created out of the mixture and interposition of diverse media (elements including both materials and techniques).
Although contemporary artists continue to apply innovative materials to art in the pursuit of expressive possibilities, we find more than a few instances in which new materials whose physical properties and durability are in the first place unclear have caused unexpected deterioration in artworks, and it is undeniable that the use of composite materials complicates the conservation and restoration of a work. What steps to preserve and care for such so-called “mixedmedia” artworks can we take to ensure their long-term availability to the public?
At this symposium, we bring together specialists involved in art preservation from the US, Hong Kong, and South Korea to think about the conservation and restoration of art collection, drawing inspiration from their own respective practices.

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Marubi Cinema Paradise! vol. 4

2017.12.9 (Sat.) - 2017.12.10 (Sun.)

A program devoted to famous cinema works from Japanese film history, entirely operated and presented by students interested in film making. Held in Theater 21, which is equipped with an analog 35mm cinema projector.

* “Marubi” is a nickname for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

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

Illustration : K. Onodera

La leçon d’élégance par Françoise Moréchand Analyse de l’époque vol. 25

My Dior Story part2

2017.12.2 (Sat.)

The popular talk series featuring the Museum’s International Advisor, Francoise Moréchand. Ms. Moréchand offers penetrating insights into art, fashion, and contemporary society.

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

“La leçon d’élégance par Françoise Moréchand” 2016
Photo: IKEDA Hiraku

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

Open Marubi 2017

2017.10.14 (Sat.)

In conjunction with the October “Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day” for fostering rich sensibilities through art enjoyment, we hold programs to involve the city’s residents in fun experiences at the museum. We invite you to discover the many charms of a participation-oriented art museum.

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

“Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day: Open Marubi 2016”
Patrick TUTTOFUOCO, Bycircle
photo: IKEDA Hiraku

Kanazawa Kyoka Week 2017

The Castle Tower

2017.10.8 (Sun.) - 2017.10.9 (Mon.)

Last year, Izumi Kyoka’s The Sea God’s Villa was performed to much acclaim at Kanazawa Noh Museum. This year, Noh actor YASUDA Noboru’s troupe will return to Kanazawa to perform in Theater 21. The play—The Castle Tower, an Izumi Kyoka play now marking its one hundredth anniversary. The performance will interweave storytelling, recitation, Kyogen, puppets, and dance on a foundation of Noh. (Premiere)
*A pre-event of the November “Kanazawa Kyoka Week 2017”

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

The Sea God’s Villa 2016, Camellia Hall photo: YASUDA Noboru

Open Call Support Projects

Theater Troupe Shinjin Ruijinen "REPT"

2017.9.16 (Sat.) - 2017.9.18 (Mon.)

Formed in Kanazawa in 1986, this troupe pursues its own unique style not using words or story. Performed at the SHOGO OTA Festival from 2013 to 2016.

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

Toyota Choreography Award 2016 Artist-in-Residence

HIRAHARA Shintaro new creation / performance

2017.9.9 (Sat.) - 2017.9.10 (Sun.)

The Toyota Choreography Award seeks to support the next generation of choreographers in their artistic growth. Hirahara Shintaro, winner of the final award in both the “Next Generation Choreographer Award” and “Audience Award” categories, will create a new work while in-residence in Kanazawa. Hirahara will spin a magical tale inspired by the “Beast” of the Bible and the mushi (bug) that figures into many Japanese literature works.

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

photo: KATO Hajime

Open Call Support Projects

Hyakkeisya "Night on the Galactic Railroad"

2017.6.30 (Fri.) - 2017.7.2 (Sun.)

A troupe formed in 2000 that extends performances beyond the theater space. Currently operates a studio in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki prefecture. In 2016, Hyakkeisya held a solo stage play in Kanazawa: Run, Melos!

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

La leçon d’élégance par Françoise Moréchand Analyse de l’époque vol. 24

My Dior Story

2017.5.27 (Sat.)

The popular talk series featuring the Museum’s International Advisor, Francoise Moréchand. Ms. Moréchand offers penetrating insights into art, fashion, and contemporary society.

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

“La leçon d’élégance par Françoise Moréchand” 2016
Photo : IKEDA Hiraku

ARTS PLANET 2017 Adventures for Children!

2017.5.4 (Thu.) - 2017.5.6 (Sat.)

For a period, the entire art museum becomes an ARTS PLANET for enjoying arts of all kinds. Events and workshops are held in which children take a principal role. This year’s theme—“Adventures for Children!” Let’s go to the lawn plaza, project room, Theater 21, and Tea Room for encounters with the unknown in a game-like mood!

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

namstrops “The Olympics have already begun” 2016
photo : IKEDA Hiraku

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Talk program [In a Grove] Alfredo JAAR “IT IS DIFFICULT”

2017.4.23 (Sun.)

This talk program will provide an opportunity to reconsider the artist’s public interventions around the world in light of current events and explore the potential of art as a transformative force.

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Project Room

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HACHIYA Kazuhiko “OpenSky Report”

2017.4.8 (Sat.) - 2017.4.15 (Sat.)

Presenting the “M-02J” glider with a jet engine that successfully flew in 2016. The exhibition will feature a report meeting led by the artist, Hachiya Kazuhiko, as well as well as Screening of the test flight movie in 3Q Dome (three-quarter sphere dome) , and talks with invited guests.

*All events free with admission except After-party.

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

OpenSky M-02J in flight
photo: ISOCHI Hiraku

La leçon d’ élégance par Françoise MORÉCHAND -Analyse de l’époque vol.22

My Chanel! Part 2

2017.3.25 (Sat.)

The popular talk series offers penetrating insights into art, fashion, and contemporary society.

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

vol.19 Photo: IKEDA Hiraku