2009.8.1 (Sat.) - 2009.11.3 (Tue.)
The essence of Tadanori Yokoo’s art, which cuts across the genres of painting, design, film, theater, music, and culture, is “incompleteness.” In a process of altering our conceptions of the world, Yokoo feeds into himself all he sees and hears, reinterprets it, and outputs it in his own distinctive way.
This exhibition, which turns Yokoo’s “incomplete” world inside out and explores it front to back, can be considered Tadanori Yokoo’s Unfinished Symphonic poem.
■ Mass release of uncompleted paintings stored away in Yokoo’s studio
Unexhibited works, uncompleted works, rejected works [Gallery 11]
■ Mass outbreak of uncompleted paintings outside Yokoo’s studio
・ Works born from PCPPP and “Yokoo’s Studio” [Galleries 7, 8; Project Room]
■ Incomplete person = incomplete icons the youth in Yokoo endlessly recreates
・ “Pink Girl”: The Madonna of a never-aging youth’s dreams [Galleries 9, 10]
・ “Rousseau”: Yokoo’s bold and impudent acts of parody [Gallery 14]
・ “Y Junction”: Where Yokoo lives—the junction of roads of unknown destination [Galleries 7, 8; other]
2009.4.29 (Wed.) - 2010.3.22 (Mon.)
A tireless proponent of the knitting world, Mitsuharu HIROSE produces highly original knit pieces that display his superb technique. Minako NISHIYAMA pursues an “admirable” or “ideal” world for both the individual and the community through her own free-form language. Here in collaboration, they produce in the exhibition space “Knit Cafe in my Room”, a platform for various knitting projects aimed at aficionados. Through this long-term project, the significance and possibilities of knitting and creativity are explored.
2009.4.29 (Wed.) - 2009.8.30 (Sun.)
The year 2009 has arrived amid the turmoil of tragic war and a search for new values at the start of a new century. The world around us is changing at an ever-increasing speed. Meanwhile, injured in body and mind, hungry, thirsty, and wandering, we fulfill the tasks of living, as people have done since ancient times.
In our experience as human beings, there is perhaps nothing more mysterious than love. “The opposite of love is not hate but indifference and apathy,” philosopher Tetsuzo Tanigawa has said. During our brief lives, we have always found in love something to believe in. Then, there has perhaps never been a time like ours so badly in need of love.
This year, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa will mark its fifth year. In order to create a forum for dialogue concerning love in its open system of galleries whose round glass walls promote transparency, horizontality, and multi-directionality, the Museum is transcending existing boundaries to invite the participation of researchers and activists in the realms of culture, society, and natural science, and that of creators in wide-ranging genres such as art, music, literature, and the performing arts.
The varied forms of expression appearing in the exhibition, “Hundred Stories about Love,” are waiting for someone at anytime to experience them, tell of them, and transform them. A story is no less than an “open dialogue” occurring at the scene of an encounter. The dialogue generated ceaselessly at the Museum will no doubt produce stories in rich profusion.
(Translated from Japanese: Brian Amstutz)