2016.9.10 (Sat.) - 2016.11.27 (Sun.)
The word diary derives from the Latin “dies,” meaning “a day.” In a diary, whether written or drawn, the daily recording of one’s life becomes an accumulation of time. Within that accumulation, an array of elements can be discerned—memory, physical action, traces, everyday life, and repetition. When someone’s personal diary is disclosed to the public, moreover, it becomes a part of “history.”
This exhibition of works by eight artists employs the word “diary” with its multiple associations as a foothold for viewing and understanding those works. When memory of past actions and experiences receives formal expression in an artwork, what kind of “diary” can we discover in it?
Awazu Kiyoshi : Makurihirogeru (EXPOSE) 3
Awazu Kiyoshi and Architecture
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa possesses in its collection some 3,000 artworks and materials by AWAZU Kiyoshi. “Makurihirogeru (EXPOSE)” is a series of exhibitions launched in 2014 to exhibit the Awazu collection from varying perspectives.
Our third exhibition takes the theme, “architecture.” As a participant in the avant-garde architectural movement “Metabolism” in the 1960s, Awazu collaborated with numerous architects in creating spatial designs. He also employed graphic design to visually communicate that architectural movement’s principles.
Awazu’s uniqueness lay in his ability to reinterpret and express Japanese tradition in modern design aimed at serving the masses. This exhibition divided in three sections (“Metabolism and EXPO '70,” “Collaborations with Architects,” and “Architecture Magazine Design”) will show how Awazu’s designs resonated with the Metabolist architectural movement and richly amplified its potential.
2016.5.21 (Sat.) - 2016.9.25 (Sun.)
Series Orphe is a shoe of a new dimension whose sole lights up and produces sounds like a musical instrument when the user moves. The trajectories of light and sound performed by the wearer arise from the wearer’s bodily motion. “no new folk studio Inc.” is a start-up launched in 2014 by KIKUKAWA Yuya. Wanting to work in the music field, Kikukawa began creating musical instruments and eventually developed a prototype for Orphe, a percussion instrument in the form of a shoe. Working in collaboration with engineers and designers, he has refined the instrument and will soon launch commercial sales. Orphe is not strictly a shoe or musical instrument. It transcends borders and genres of all kinds and offers the user unlimited possibilities to explore.
This exhibition will present the video work Motion-Score, featuring a dancer wearing Orphe moving freely through the art museum in the darkness of night. The dancer’s “motion” converts to sound and light and becomes a performance, and hence, the dancer’s movement is like a “score.” On three screens, video imagery based on three themes will unfold—a “Tour” of strolling freely around inside the museum, a “Concert” performed by manipulating Orphe like a musical instrument, and “Reverberations” produced by the interplay of Orphe’s light and music with the spaces of the building. We invite you to enjoy the music interface, Orphe, created by a group of next-generation creators.
2016.5.21 (Sat.) - 2016.9.25 (Sun.)
“Nous” is French for “we.” It can mean “we women” or “we men.” When it comes to artistic creation and giving a form to one’s ideas, there are no distinctions between women and men. “Handicrafts,” nevertheless, was long primarily viewed as a women’s creative field, and many women in the past, when seeking creative expression in daily life, spontaneously took in hand not the paintbrush but the more familiar needle and thread.
Sewing is an activity filled with quiet thoughts and feelings. This is true whether one sews for one’s family in bliss or solitude, or joyfully for oneself. Then, the clothing born from that time has a power to communicate the personality of the wearer. Works created as an extension of everyday life often express fleeting, complex feelings hard to define. In our encounters with them, “we” viewers may find ourselves experiencing emotions we have been little conscious of before. This exhibition of works by five artists in our collection and four guest artists—nine women artists in all—will look at handcrafted work in connection with art and ponder the issue of gender.
2016.4.29 (Fri.) - 2017.3.12 (Sun.)
SUPERFLEX is an artists’ group based in Copenhagen, Denmark composed of Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger, and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. While referencing existing social systems and frameworks, SUPERFLEX engages the community and constructs proposals for new kinds of public space. This time, the artists will view 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa as a petri dish and undertake a one year project of elucidating the museum’s relationship with its community, using three keywords—“cultivation,” “fermentation,” and “tramsformation.”