Borderline Collection Exhibition I

2013.4.13(Sat.) - 2013.7.15(Mon.)



2013.4.13(Sat.) - 2013.7.15(Mon.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, May 7 (Open on April 29, May 6, and July 15)


Adult : ¥350(¥280)
University : ¥280(¥220)
Elem/ JH/ HS : Admisson free
65 and over : ¥280

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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
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The sense of strangeness, insecurity, and fear we feel when encountering the unknown. Such feelings come to us as a sign we are about to cross a border. The people with whom we share a language, physical characteristics, rules, and memories we see as “inside” our familiar world, and all others we view as “outside.” Thus, we unconsciously make a distinction and construct a border separating “inside” from “outside.” Borders at times repel the outside, as a threat to the security of the inside, and produce conflict. Yet, a border can also be a fluid territory, continually renewed as inside and outside negotiate and discover new rules. Borders can also tell us how we, ourselves, see the world and people outside. Borders, this is to say, can potentially help us broaden our inside world. Taking such perspectives, our Collection Exhibition this time will reconsider the character of borders, not as a cause of “division” but rather as a means of “connection” and broadening our world. Collection Exhibition I will look at the borders of the body, and Collection Exhibition II, at social and systematic borders.
Life forms, human beings included, have an inside enveloped a membrane. By taking materials from outside into their inside, life forms obtain energy and sustain their life. When it comes to our bodies with their complex organs, one part may actually be an outside that is inside, while another part, an inside that is outside. This kind of a structure, where inside and outside develop by reversing themselves, shows us something of the character of a border. In Collection Exhibition I, taking the most familiar example—our bodies—we will use borders as a means to explore human existence and our relationship with the world around us.

YONEDA Seiko, Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Artists Profile

  • Rebecca HORN
    Eight Branches of Hair on Fire (detail), 1993
    eight knives, eight brushes, metal construction, motor
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©Rebecca HORN
    Photo: SAIKI Taku

    Rebecca HORN

    Born in Michelstadt, Germany in 1944. Lives in Berlin, Germany.
    For three years from around 1968, Rebecca Horn had to spend time recuperating from a lung problem caused by the synthetic material she used to make sculptures at art school. It was this experience of loneliness and isolation from the outside world that gave rise to her performances in the early 1970s, which involved wearing items that extended or restricted the body, including objects made of feathers, wings, and masks. This consciousness of the yearning for communication and intimacy in the form of touching and of the fragility of the human body and the need to protect it is also explored in her videos, films, and three-dimensional works. As well as installations that reflect on things like memories that have been erased from society or history and grief, in recent years Horn has also presented works that use words, lighting and music created in collaboration with musicians to inquire into the spiritual realm and the cycles of nature. (KC)

  • KIMURA Taiyo
    We know you know we know your pleasure you never know, 2006-2007
    mixed media
    dimensions variable
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©KIMURA Taiyo
    Photo: NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners

    KIMURA Taiyo

    Born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1970. Lives and works in Kamakura.
    Kimura studied oil painting at an art academy but eventually changed to installations and three-dimensional work. He began exhibiting artworks from the mid-1990s and, from 1999, twice undertook art residences in Germany. Since his student days, Kimura has recorded his ideas and dreams in drawing books or on video as a source for the creation of art. His works, which employ familiar, everyday materials and situations, feature a blend of distinctive humor, amiability, and bizarreness that often induces visceral discomfort in the viewer. In this way, Kimura endeavors to communicate, directly to our physical sensibilities, the absurdity that underlies ordinary, everyday life and to reveal the true essence of things. (KC)

  • KITAGAWA Hiroto
    New Type 2005 – blue, 2005
    terracotta, acrylic paint
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©KITAGAWA Hiroto
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    KITAGAWA Hiroto

    Born in Ootsu, Shiga, Japan in 1967. Lives in Tokyo, Japan.
    Graduating from the sculpture department at Kanazawa College of Art in 1989, Kitagawa Hiroto felt no interest at all in the monumental outdoor sculptures so popular in Japan at that time. He therefore left to study in Italy, where the art of figurative sculpture he had long felt drawn to still thrived. In Italy, Kitagawa encountered the ancient sculptural technique of terracotta and came under its spell. Mastering it, he began producing his “New Type” series of slender human figures resembling Japanese anime characters. He has since pioneered a unique world of sculpted figures colored with acrylic paint, a medium that brings out the warm texture of the clay. (FM)

  • NAKASHIMA Harumi
    WORK-0703, 2007
    porcelain, coil making, inglaze, clear glaze
    Private collection
    ©NAKASHIMA Harumi
    Photo: SAIKI Taku
    (Reference image)
    Courtesy of gallery VOICE

    NAKASHIMA Harumi

    Born in Gifu Prefecture (Japan) in 1950. Lives and works in Gifu.
    Nakashima encountered YAGI Kazuo and the artists of Sodeisha while at Osaka University of the Arts, and began producing ceramic objects. Upon graduating, he worked at a Shigaraki ceramics company, then obtained employment at Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center. Since 2003, he has taught ceramic arts as a professor at Aichi University of Education. Nakashima’s creations arise from the qualities he discovers in the clay during the production process, as well as from the distinctive materiality of pottery and the processes by which clay becomes ceramics. On this basis, he produces strikingly original works of multiplying polka-dot spheres. (YS)

  • ODANI Motohiko
    Rompers, 2003
    approx. 2 min. 52 sec.
    Music by PIRAMI
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©ODANI Motohiko
    Courtesy of YAMAMOTO GENDAI

    ODANI Motohiko

    Born in Kyoto (Japan) in 1972. Lives and works in Tokyo.
    Since studying sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts, Odani has produced artworks that bring wide-ranging media, including photography and film, into play. Taking the visual expression of pain, hidden in the body or a space, and forgotten sensations as a central theme, he has endeavored to expand the concept of sculpture. His works in which the human body mutates and acquires extensions have a capability to suggest a new physical reality to us, as contemporary people out of touch with our physical senses. (YS)

  • Anne WILSON
    Errant Behaviors, 2004
    video and sound installation
    Composer: Shawn Decker, Animator: Cat Solen, Post-production Animator and Mastering: Daniel Torrente
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©2004 Anne Wilson
    Photo: NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners

    Anne WILSON

    Born in Detroit, USA in 1949. Lives and works in Chicago, USA.
    Using materials such as lace, linen, human hair, and thread, Anne Wilson skillfully employs the techniques of sewing, weaving, and tying in creating works that investigate human perceptions and meaning as a culturally constructed linguistic norm. Her works range from panels, stitched into fabric using thread or hair, to large-scale sculptural pieces 10 meters wide and video and photographic creations. Working with her hands, Wilson creates a dense, eloquent world by interweaving the emotions awakened by her materials – which richly evoke privacy and the body – with our memory of the functions they originally served and the complex, delicate textures produced by her use of pins and bits of thread. (YE)

  • YOKOMIZO Shizuka<
    Stranger (9), 1999
    H108xW127cm (incl. frame)
    Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
    ©YOKOMIZO Shizuka

    YOKOMIZO Shizuka

    Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. Lives in London, UK.
    After studying philosophy at university in Japan, Yokomizo Shizuka moved to the UK where she studied art and began exhibiting her work. She continues to create artwork that looks at themes such as the individual, society, community, and the distance between human beings using mainly photographs and video as her media. The “Stranger” series (1998-2000), in which she sent letters anonymously to numerous complete strangers and photographed them through the windows of their own homes, typifies Yokomizo’s unique approach to the issues she addresses, in this case the boundaries between the self and others, and personal and public territory. (MD)

  • FM: FUDO Misato
    KC: KITADE Chieko
    MD: MURATA Daisuke
    YE: YOSHIOKA Emiko
    YS: YONEDA Seiko


Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)