Tadasu Takamine Good House, Nice Body

2010.4.29 (Thu.) - 2011.3.21 (Mon.)

Contemporary artist TAKAMINE Tadasu has continually cast light on social issues employing his own experiences and body. “TAKAMINE Tadasu: Good House, Nice Body,” is a long-term project composed of two parts, “Good House” and “Nice Body.” For approximately one year, through their own physical involvement, numerous project participants will re-examine the attitudes we hold toward our “house” and “body”—attitudes that grow obtuse in day-to-day life despite the vital importance our house and body have for us as abodes for our existence.

Alternative Humanities: Jan Fabre × Katsura Funakoshi

2010.4.29 (Thu.) - 2010.8.31 (Tue.)

A large-scale exhibition devoted to Jan FABRE and Katsura FUNAKOSHI —two of today’s most influential artists. The exhibition will individually explore the spiritual sources of each artist in religious icons appearing in masterworks of history and thereby consider the character of 21st-century man.
Born in Belgium, Fabre remains attuned to the religious paintings of 15th and 16th century Flanders, while exposing the contradictions of human existence through pictures drawn with his own blood and sculptures employing stuffed animals, animal bones, and other organic materials.
The figurative sculptures that Funakoshi carves from camphor wood speak eloquently of the interior landscape of people in our times. They also resonate with the complex emotions visible in images of the Kannon bodhisattva of the late Edo/early Meiji period—a major turning point in Japanese culture.
Marie-Laure BERNADAC, a curator of contemporary art at the Louvre, will co-produce the exhibition. Project advisors TAKASHINA Shuji and FURUTA Ryo will comprehensively examine the art of Fabre and Funakoshi in connection with the historical past. Gathering some 190 works in a meeting of East and West, past and present, the exhibition will transcend time and place to inquire into state of the human spirit today.

HACHIYA Kazuhiko “OpenSky” Project

2010.4.29 (Thu.) - 2010.8.31 (Tue.)

HACHIYA Kazuhiko’s “OpenSky” began as a “personal attempt to build a flying machine” and has become a project aimed at realizing a one-man jet glider that can actually fly. An overall look at “OpenSky,” now in its final stage in 2010, through design drawings, test flight videos, and simulators.

minä perhonen The future from the past

2010.1.16 (Sat.) - 2010.5.30 (Sun.)

The fashion brand “minä perhonen” has a rich appeal that never fades with time. Having begun by creating original fabrics, minä perhonen has since amassed an archive that is becoming an inspirational source for the fashions of the future. This exhibition will display two dresses illustrating the connectivity of past and future.

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.