Collection Exhibition "Shift - Field of Fluctuation"

2009.9.12 (Sat.) - 2010.4.11 (Sun.)

At some odd moment, something happens and suddenly a routinely familiar scene appears like a different world, filled with new meaning. To some extent, we have all experienced this kind of unexpected shift in our perspective or feelings. In contemporary society, overwhelmed by a perpetual flood of things and information, we grow numb in mind and body, and our thinking simply traces the contours of established concepts. What if we should stop, free our thoughts and perceptions, and look freshly at the world now before us and at the events of the past? What if we gave ourselves to the fluctuation and change in our own physical sensations, and to new perceptions and feelings? The works presented in this exhibition work on our sensibilities and promote such a shift in perspective, perceptions, and values.
Taking “Shift—Field of Fluctuation” as its keyword, this Collection Exhibition will give play to the unique features of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which is currently marking its fifth anniversary. In glass-enclosed spaces permitting a soft permeability between interior and exterior—where the everyday and the unusual blend in unexpected ways—the exhibition will blur the outlines of things, including our own.

Tadanori Yokoo Incomplete - What's yours is mine. What's mine is mine.

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]

Knit Cafe in my Room by Mitsuharu Hirose and Minako Nishiyama

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.