D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT

Only honest design can be recyclable.

2010.10.9 (Sat.) - 2011.1.30 (Sun.)

New designs are being generated continuously as the time change. Not only the products but also the designs of the products are being consumed in the lifecycle model of modern consumption which is heavily dependent on trends. D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT focuses on the fact that there are used “long-life designed” products which remain in society and is offering/practicing the recycling model, that is a way to recycle products at the scene of consumption. This recycle model includes the following steps. 1.Selecting the long life designed/second hand products and selling them, 2.repurchasing products from buyers and 3.resselling them to new consumers. Our aim is to present the idea that we can create a new market and avoid the disappearance of designs if there is a system where products can be sold a number of times and used over many years.

In this exhibition, D&DEPARTMENT PROJECT’s course of actions (choosing and purchasing “long life designs” that should be conserved over the years out of the products relinquished by the consumers) is divided into three parts and presented in three terms (exhibitions).

Kenmei Nagaoka’s statement can be seen from here.
Only honest design can be recyclable.

Peter Fischli David Weiss

2010.9.18 (Sat.) - 2010.12.25 (Sat.)

Traveling through an endless tunnel of changing light and color. A rat and bear go out on the town and through art and philosophy offer insights into the absurdities of the human condition. Everyday items teeter, precariously balanced. Energy passes by a whisker from one piece of junk to another, in a series of seemingly impromptu chain reactions. Airport scenes from across the globe float alongside a panoramic selection of this world's doings, big and small, rendered in ninety or so pieces of clay. Questions about life and the world that might occur to anyone appear and disappear, drifting ceaselessly through the air. In tiny black and white photos fairytale-like scenes have soft black contours. The tranquil, mundane everyday is suffused with wonder and chaos, tragedy and comedy, melancholy and nothingness.
Wielding a formidable armory of media from photography to sculpture to video and more with extraordinary flexibility, Peter Fischli and David Weiss focus intensely on familiar scenes and things, presenting divergent meanings and diversity of interpretation via a combination of meticulous planning and coincidence, throwing into relief the essence of the human condition in works shot through with irony and humor. We hope viewers will enjoy the strange wonder of Fischli/Weiss art, and their encyclopedic worlds suffused with an original, unconventional aesthetic.

Image:The Least Resistance 1980-81 film still camera: Jürg V. Walther 

Collection Exhibition: Invisible Reality

2010.9.11 (Sat.) - 2011.4.10 (Sun.)

An exhibition featuring pieces from the museum collection, which consists primarily of works produced since the 1980s. The Collection Exhibition presents important artworks reflecting the changing values and transitions of contemporary society and, by weaving complex perspectives into their presentation, explores social issues.

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.

Olafur Eliasson "Your chance encounter"

2009.11.21 (Sat.) - 2010.3.22 (Mon.)

In marking its fifth anniversary, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa will hold a large-scale solo exhibition structured around new works by the Danish/ Icelandic artist Olafur
Eliasson titled Your chance encounter.”

Olafur Eliasson is known for his exploration of the human perception. His works, often using light, shadow, color, fog, wind, waves, and other phenomena of nature as materials, make apparent to the viewer the mechanisms employed in their presentation. Contrary to what might be expected, this enables people to enjoy more purely the act of seeing, as they discover and experience their surroundings. For example, in Your atmospheric colour atlas, 2009, a large gallery is filled with artificially produced fog, imbued with color emanating from fluorescent tubes of red, green and blue. By moving about in the locations where the colors blend, viewers endlessly create their own color spectrum.
Based on a profound understanding of SANAA’s design for this museum, both architecturally and functionally, Eliasson boldly engages the factors that constitute 21st Century Museum of
Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. In Eye activity line, 2009, 317 canvases of different colors, each about the size of an A5 sheet of paper, are installed on the wall of a long corridor. As our eye follows along the work, which is like a full palette of colors, we are freshly awakened to the character of the space. In such ways, Eliasson explores the Museum’s unique features, displaying works not only in galleries but also in corridors and rest areas, so as to give play to the Museum’s meandering layout and horizontal character, and endeavoring through his artworks to bring interior and exterior into close connection. As they move through the museum building, visitors may be surprised at how Eliasson has transformed the familiar art museum spaces.

Eliasson is interested in how 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa—an art museum designed with the functions of a new generation of museums—fulfills a social role as a museum opened to the city. Through this exhibition, he is re-proposing the art museum, not simply as a facility for viewing art in a context removed from society but as a public space having the potential to deeply engage in the society and the urban environment.

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.

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.