MADE-IN-JAPAN Table Clocks: Focusing on the 1960’s

2011.2.5 (Sat.) - 2011.5.29 (Sun.)

During Japan’s post-war economic recovery in the 1950s and 1960s, a style of design alien to traditional lifestyle sensibilities permeated the Japanese way of life under America’s influence. Among the items of that time, made-in-Japan clocks of brilliant plastic colors still strike a fresh impression. In this exhibition, we present some 400 table clocks of the Showa period.

Takashi Homma: New Documentary

2011.1.8 (Sat.) - 2011.3.21 (Mon.)

Photographs by Takashi Homma are known for reflecting dry sentiment of the times and giving us a feeling of distance toward the subject. Dealing with a variety of themes, such as architecture, ocean waves, children seen in Tokyo and suburban scenery, he has serialized many of them over the years. Keeping away from describing narrative or emotion, his neutral viewpoint captures the subject unemotionally, which is suitably called “new documentary” that leans towards neither expression nor record advancing from the age when the two were specifically questioned. While he has kept having “a documentative viewpoint” since the start of his career as a photographer, he has tackled possibilities of the photographic expression by “approaching photography as art.” Recently in particular, his creative activities pursuing more subjective expressions have broadened while openly dealing with the real world and the times. In this exhibition, not only his prints in the past but also his latest works using different methods and media, such as silk screens based on photos, installations to be viewed through binoculars, books full of images as well as paintings are introduced, raising a question of “what photography is.” They lead viewers to think about the meaning of “seeing” through the reality reflected on the photographs. For example, there is Trails in pursuit of the trail of deer hunting in a snow-covered mountain and a painting on the same subject. Tokyo and My Daughter, his lifework for which he continues taking a picture of Tokyo scenery and a girl, and Widows are works that he re-photographed so-called “found photos” discovered in family albums of the protagonists. Thus, he intervenes, going beyond the limits of time, in photographed people’s eyes turned upon their families and friends.
Homma’s new work re-construction is a collection of works made into a book form, in which he re-photographed magazine covers and pages he edited. Others include exhibition leaflets, posters and
their proof sheets, which reveal how lightly he has been working all over media of different kinds. You may say that to re-photograph by his own hands what he photographed is a reviewing act in itself of photography as a medium.
For the display of this exhibition, Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA designed a booth in the area connecting exhibition rooms. With its light, graceful space arrangement, Homma’s works are all the more impressive.

Untitled: Tadaaki Kuwayama

2011.1.8 (Sat.) - 2011.3.21 (Mon.)

Fifty years after his first solo exhibition in 1961, contemporary artist Tadaaki Kuwayama continues to challenge established art concepts in his quest for “Pure Art.”
Kuwayama moved to the United States in 1958, after studying Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. There, he established his own expressive style, employing the materials of Nihonga in paintings that went to extremes to expel meaning and emotion from the picture surface. In the 1970s, his work took on materiality as a result of his selection of neutral colors and inorganic materials. By the 1990s, this work had evolved into spatial constructions employing repetitive panels of artificial mood.
This exhibition features new works giving maximum play to the distinctive architectural spaces of this museum, such as its galleries of varying sizes and proportions, and courtyards. Through
Kuwayama’s Project for 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, we will have opportunity to experience his continually evolving art in its current form.

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.